Our Little Trooper

by Katie on May 4, 2010

We are back from the hospital where they preformed Drake’s  GI scope and Upper GI x-ray today. Everything on the scope and x-ray looked good, so now we just wait to hear the biopsy results from the pieces of tissue they took from his esophagus.

Right before they took him for the scope

Drake was a trooper through the whole process. He was making friends with all the nurses, exploring all the medical equipment, and talking and smiling even though he had an empty tummy! I got choked up when they carried him away to put him under anesthesia, I did not want him to be scared and just wanted to be there to comfort him.  The nurses told us that he actually only cried when they put the anesthesia mask on him as he wanted nothing to do with it! After the procedure they took us back to recovery, he was still sleeping but woke up the second I picked him up. He  looked around let out a little happy squeal and proceed to try and pull out his IV and climb all over his bed…the kid did not miss a beat.

Big Band-Aid on a little hand

The Upper GI was a very unpleasant experience for Drake as he had to drink this disgusting liquid and lay super still. (babies don’t lay still so that meant a nurse, a doctor, Ben and I were all holding him down) The hospital provided us with a child life specialist who really helped distract Drake with some cool toys!!

After we left Drake ate more than I had ever seen him eat in one sitting before!! It had been 16 hours since he last had anything to eat or drink so he had a  mango smoothie, peaches, puffs, a whole bowl of pasta, and piece of cheese!!

Being at the hospital and going through all the tests made me so happy that this is the biggest problem we have to deal with. Too many parents have to spend so much time inside those walls with their really sick kids where their days are filled with poking and prodding and tests. I thanked God right then and  there for letting us be there for reflux and not something more serious. I know I will be hugging my baby just a little bit tighter tonight.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 jon.nicole May 4, 2010 at 7:21 pm

So glad to hear everything went smoothly and you are D-O-N-E with that! What a tough little guy!

Sidenote: How do you make the mango smoothie??


2 Magimom May 4, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Amen to the hugging them a little bit tighter at night! I too marvel at the very sick children and their incredibly strong parents! I don't know what I'd do if I was stuck in the hysteria of pokes, prods, tests and stuff!
Reflux is no fun, but at least it's treatable!
Stopping by from SITS – have a great day!


3 Shannon May 4, 2010 at 8:42 pm

So glad your little man is feeling better and did well at the hospital. I can only imagine how scary that must be.


4 bbcd mama May 4, 2010 at 11:30 pm

I hope you get some answers and it's a simple *fix* for him to feel good soon.


5 Krissy @ Artsy Mom May 5, 2010 at 5:08 am

My daughter has reflux too. She has had it since she was born. She used to have to be on Pepcid from the day we brought her home from the hospital until she was 2. Now, it's more diet controlled and we have medicine in case we need it. She had GI tests done as well. I hated when she had to be fed through a gastro tube because she couldn't hold formula down otherwise… I totally know about the whole reflux thing and I hope your son feels better!



6 Whatever Dee-Dee wants May 5, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Poor little guy! He sure is a cutie!


7 Life with Kaishon May 5, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Oh! I am so glad that everything went ok. I can not even imagine how traumatic that must have been for you… Sending lots of great thoughts to you today. Hope the results are helpful!


8 AndreaLeigh May 5, 2010 at 3:52 pm

your boy is adorable. i hope all is well with the test. i am thinking of you all.

stopping by from sits to say hello.


9 Adriana May 5, 2010 at 3:59 pm

im a new follower…found you from sits. My son has been in and out of the hospital since he was born with all kinds of testing including a really annoying 24 seizure test
(I wrote about it here http://www.justbyliving.com/2010/01/results-are-in.html )

im glad you are done with it and its over with.


10 Dania Padron May 5, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Children are more resilient than their parents. I'm constantly amazed by what my boys can sit through – even a week at the hospital. Thank God all looks well.


11 mrs. b. May 6, 2010 at 9:01 pm

i so hope that you get some answers and that your little man can get some relief! and wow, what a trooper indeed!

i always feel that same way after having to take the babes to the ER for their breathing problems – it could be so much worse than it is, and i am so thankful.

thinking of you guys!


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