Friday, March 7, 2008

Ben: the short version, short for me anyway. = )

I'm sure most of you have been checking for further updates so I'm going to make this short in order to get it out to you. I'll try to write more details in the coming days. As I told Joel last night, I'm got about a dozen posts in my head from this past week. = )

The hospital sent us home about 7 pm Thursday night. "There's no reason for Ben to be here now and we're afraid your insurance won't pay for another day." So they rushed the paperwork and sent us home.

We were all happy but frustrated to be home. Happy because staying at the hospital is never fun; frustrated because we had to return to the hospital this morning (Friday) at 7:45 AM for a colonoscopy because Thursday's Mieckle (sp?) test showed nothing.

So once again we checked in at the hospital, answered all the same questions and grew frustrated again. Basically, because Ben showed no signs of pain, discomfort or further bleeding, they kept wanting to say he strained during the bowel movement or was constipated. After having every doctor and nurse question your judgment for four days you start to get really fed up! I knew the blood was too much to be caused by strain or constipation.

The doctor finally came out after an hour and explained that they found a polyp just inside his rectum, removed and cauterized the area. They looked at the rest of his intestines and found some small abnormal bumps and biopsied those. So the polyp and biopsies have been sent to the pathology lab and we'll get the results in a week to 10 days. We also have a follow-up appointment with the GI doctor in about 2 weeks.

I'm glad that we finally have a diagnosis! And it shows I'm not a crazy momma. There really was something wrong!

Tonight - a Friday night! - around 5:45 our pediatrician called to check on Ben and find out the results of today's test. You know you have a good group of pediatricians when they fight the hospital for you and call you after hours on a Friday night!!

Let me conclude this "short" post by saying thank you to everyone who commented, emailed and prayed for us this week. We appreciate your concern and support. Please keep praying that those biopsies all come back benign.


stephanie said...

Glad that you are home - always better to be in your own bed! Continuing to pray. :)

mer said...

Thanks for updating us Stephanie. I'm thankful you "something" and will be praying the polyps are benign. I hope you can catch up on your rest this weekend. I'll pray for that too!


Amy said...

I KNEW you weren't a "Crazy Momma" and am thankful that you're a concerned and caring Momma. Thankful you're all home and praying for benign results.

Tad and Monica said...

Thanks for the update--we'll keep praying.

Alicia said...

Sorry to hear everything you went through, but great to have some answers at least. Maybe you guys can get some rest this weekend. Will continue to pray. Love you!

Marc and Charity said...

hey y'all, thanks for updating. i hate sounding like a crazy momma when i know i'm not one!!!! bless y'all!

Julie said...

Glad you're back home. Good job, Mom! I'll keep praying for the results. Get some real sleep, now!

Billie said...

So glad to hear from you...I've been wondering how you been making out. Praise God for a diagnosis!

I've spent several nights in the hospital with my kiddos...not looking forward to another one coming up with my daughter for surgery!

You have a great group of Peds!

fullheartandhands mama said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog as well.

My oldest was also 3 and 3 months when my baby was born. We used to live in Arkansas as well.

More importantly, after reading this post, I'll certainly say a prayer for your little guy. He's lucky he has such a good mama who fights for answers.

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