Wednesday, April 2, 2008


The endoscopy found ulcers in his lower esophagus. A biopsy was taken, and we should get the results early next week. Everything else looks great. The doctor doesn't understand why he has ulcers in his esophagus and not in his stomach. Yet again, he is outside the "norm".

The causes and complications are rather ominous. Causes can be from reflux to H. pylori bacteria to EE. Complications range from discomfort to deterioration of the esophagus wall to cancer. I am trying to keep a positive outlook. I am going to wait until the pathology is back before making my decision on treatment. There is plenty of information on the internet about treatments including meds and herbal treatments.

For now he is taking a drug called Carafate which is supposed to coat the lining of his esophagus. It is supposed to reduce pain and help in healing. He will have to be on it for one month. After the first dose this afternoon, he was given a tube feeding of 5 oz. of Neocate chocolate (30kcal). Didn't seem to have any discomfort. Some pain about an hour and a half after second feeding. We will see if it helps him sleep through the night. I am also debating whether or not I should send him to school tomorrow. The Dr. said he may need a day or two of rest. I could use some too. :-)

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