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Monday, October 3, 2011

The Gist on GERD

A week ago little miss Emily was diagnosed with severe GERD.  It made sense.  She was crying -- read as screaming-- every time she nursed.  We were both absolutely miserable and tired.  Most upsetting was how much pain and discomfort Emily was in.  I tried everything under the sun, even eliminating all  my favorite foods to see if my diet was causing her trouble, but nothing made things better so I finally called my pediatrician.  Before I knew it I was heading home with a prescription for Zantac for Emily with the hopes of the medicine solving her problems.

Give it a few days...  the pediatrician cautioned me.  

I, already worn out and weary, could only think of the three or four days ahead before the medicine would have an effect and any noticeable change could be detected.  Three days seemed like an eternity, but I had to tell myself that I had already gone through three weeks of this... what was three more days?

As it turns out, I didn't have to wait long...

Almost as suddenly as her screaming while eating had begun when she was just days old it ended.  She began eating better and the two hour nursing sessions were no more.  The best part was that she began to have periods of time where she was awake and content, something that had never happened before. Just to see her looking around and taking the world in rather than screaming in pain filled my heart with happiness.  She continues to be more awake and more alert everyday and I swear she is just days away from her first real smile. 

So, her GERD has dramatically improved and that makes me a happy mom.  

But, there are a couple of things that, lately, make me an unhappy mom.  Its not the lack of sleep that I am still coping with.  Its not the exhaustion.  It has to do with nursing and the opinions I'm encountering surrounding it.  I plan on delving into that more in a separate post, but I have to go dig out my soap box and dust it off first.  


mominsanity said...

Yeah GERD is the worst. My son had it and was also colicky - he was spitting up constantly. It's miserable - but the medicine is really kick ass. The first couple of months are *really* hard - if you ever need someone to vent to, email me or send me an instant message - hippieg471 on AIM - I have it on pretty much on the time either on my computer on on the IPHONE. :) Keep up the great work.

AmyBean said...

I'm so glad she's feeling better and the medication is working! What a relief! :) That is the best news. :)

Shari@Rain into Rainbows said...

Oh, poor Emily! My nephew who is an infant also has GERD, poor little pumpkin. I feel so sad when the little ones aren't feeling well.

As for the nursing story, I don't even know what you're going to say, but I will say this: I have never, ever understood why some people get it into their heads that they know more about your particular situation (in this case, nursing) than you do.

Mel said...

I'm so glad she is doing better. What a relief for you I'm sure.

And as for the nursing I totally agree with Shari. YOU have to choose what is best for you and your baby. Both emotionally and physically. NO ONE knows better than you.

R. Roushey said...

I'm so glad that the medicine is working so well! And happy to hear that you no longer have 2 hour nursing sessions! Glad things are improving.

Randi said...

I'm glad she's feeling better too! Mom probably needs sleep!! As for breastfeeding - I didn't do it - but while you've likely encountered people who are against breastfeeding (or that's my gist from what you wrote above), I've encountered what I call breastfeeding Nazi's who told me I was killing my child by bottle feeding him.

Anonymous said...

So glad you are both doing well. As a mom who nursed four children, I will echo the above sentiments. Just do what is best for you and your family. Smile and say, "thank you for your input" then walk away. =)

Deb W.

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