Ruth Update: On To Plan D — Drugs

Sept. 2012, Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis

As many of you know, my mom has been having tummy trouble since December.  Let’s call it “tummy trouble” instead of vomit, okay?  I initially told you about it Dec. 29th, and then updated you on Jan. 15th, so this tummy trouble has been with mom for some time.

Mom had an abdominal Ultra Sound — nothing.  CT Scan — nothing.  Mom’s caregivers thought she might be drinking her denture water at night (which is toxic by the way), and we were hoping this was the answer.  But, the Effordent was removed from mom’s room, and the tummy trouble continued — two times last week.

So now there is a new word being tossed around.  Gastroesophageal reflux disease.  Also known as GERD.

We don’t know if she has GERD, but the real bad guys have been ruled out, so what’s left are things like ulcers, heartburn, GERD.  Since testing for these things includes sedating mom and having a small camera pushed down her throat, we thought how would these things be treated?  What if we just skipped this procedure and started treating her as if she had one of these ailments?  And at the very least, stop her tummy troubles before the resulting acids cause other problems.

Thankfully, her doctor agreed and prescribed Prilosec, which she started on Tuesday.  This will hopefully help mom’s tummy trouble.  If it doesn’t, I have no idea what’s next.

On a side note, I spoke with her today and asked her if she had been vomiting.

She said, “No, I don’t think so.”

So she’s got that going for her.

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