I'll start off from the beginning. When Ava was born, I had an infection, Beta Strep, that they give you 2 doses of antibiotics for, before the baby is born. Well, Ava came too quickly and I only got one dose of the medicine, so she was born with this infection and had to stay a few extra days in the hospital. --this, of course is a normal thing, alot of women have it when they are pregnant, i just didnt get lucky to get both doses down me, before she was born.
At at month and half of age, Ava was hospitalized with RSV. Which, again, is common in kids. --she stayed in the hospital for about a week.
Seems like after she was released, is when everything just kind of took a turn. We were in and out of the doctors office, every week.. Ear infections (She ended up having, i believe 12, before they decided to put tubes in her ears), sinus infections, upper resp infection, UTI's, yeast infections. She has literally been on EVERY kind of antibiotic, possible.
Doctors kept saying, oh, this is normal, all kids get sick. But we were going so often. --and when you're a mother, you just KNOW when there is something going on with your child, mother's instinct.. I would have to say.
April of last year, she started having diarrhea.. going anywhere between 6-10 times a day. She was eating perfectly fine, actually eating alot at that point. Weight and Length has been average for her age.. She's always been kind of small, (petite) but nothing i've really worried about.
Finally got an appt with a GI specialist in Little Rock.. who we've been dealing with on this matter for almost 7 months now. Ran tests, normal stool tests.. nothing showed up.
Then in Jan of this year, she just stopped eating, very fatigued, irritable.. and she lost a few lbs, and had this HUGE mass on her chest, right underneath her breast, come up...
Took her in, got x rays, got 2 opinions, both said, they thought it was a tumor.. So, we took her to Children's Hospital ER.. and they did xrays, and come to find out, it was NOT a tumor, but yet a
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So, that was a relif. Thank GOODNESS, it wasn't a tumor. But that had NOTHING to do with her diarrhea.. so, we were still stuck with unanswered questions.
We changed her diet.. tried different things, took stool samples, had them sent off for tests, etc.
Then in the April, we went to LITTLE ROCK and she had an endoscopy and a colonoscopy (type) test done. They took biopsies and sent them off. Everything came back fine..
Now, we're still trying to find answers.
Everything is coming back normal..
We go back to have her checked from HEAD TO TOE next week.. and try for more stool samples and have more tests ran.
Ava, barely eats ANYTHING, tonight was the first time she's ate anything in days. She had a few french fries, which at this point, i dont care what she eats, as long as she eats something.
She's not losing weight.. but she's not gaining any, either. I feel like she's not really growing, like she should be.
I've spend numerous hours, researching.. trying to give the doctors SOMETHING, anything to go on.
The one thing, I found that really fit her symptoms, CELIAC disease, which can be controlled my diet.. is ruled out. it was tested when they did the test in April.
I'm just so worried and afraid, it's going to be something MAJOR..
But, with this GI doctor, Dr. Fuchs and his wonderful nurse, Pam, I finally feel like, someone is taking ME seriously with this problem. I finally feel like I have someone who is gonna HELP me find the answer to this.
I know something is wrong with my baby and I wont stop until I have the answer in my hand.
I just want her better. That's all i want, her to eat normal again..
Looking at her.. seeing her.. you would NEVER think she was sick.
These are her symptoms...
If you or anyone, know anyone with these symptoms or related.. symptoms, please, let me know. At this point, I need something to go on.
Chronic Diarrhea (consistent for 13 months now)
Excessive Thirst (drinks 6-10 glasses a day) (water, juices, gatorade)
Decreased appetite (over the last 6 or so months) She is always hungry but when you fix her anything to eat, she may take ONE bite and be done. When and if i can get her to eat, she will eat Bananas and sometimes PB sandwiches.
Frequent infections (ear, sinus, upper resp., yeast, UTI's)
No weight gain
Hyperactive but yet has days where she is very fatigued
Strong, Fruity breath odor
Sleeps excessive (goes to bed at 8 and will sleep until 10 or 11 the next day)
Rapid heart rate at times
VERY Irritable/Mood swings