Monday, October 16, 2006

Reflux update

I realised that I'd left part of the story out of the posts about our Queensland trip. So here is an abridged version to update you all.

Because we were out of our routine, we kept forgetting to give Elijah his reflux medicine on the trip. We missed almost every second dose. Some days he didn't get any, some days he got both doses. In short, he was inadvertently being weaned off the medication due to my 'mumnesia'. I did notice, however, that there was no difference in his reflux whether he was on the medicine or not. I had been debating, two weeks before the trip, whether to get the repeat of the medication or not, considering the expense, but decided to get it because I didn't want the reflux to get worse again.

Anyway, after much ado about keeping the medicine refrigerated and remembering to take it on every leg of the journey, we got to the final leg: flying home. You may recall that on that afternoon there was a mad rush to get to the airport. Well in that mad rush, the half full bottle of medicine was left behind... in the fridge. Phone calls ensued to the chemist to see if it could be posted (no) or couriered (yes) and then to a courier to see if it was feasible to do so (way too expensive to justify it). The chemist suggested we could get the paediatrician to write another script to fill, but at $61 a bottle, I thought it just wasn't worth the bother.

So Elijah went off his medication because of my mistake. And you know what? It didn't matter. His reflux didn't get any worse. In fact, in the couple of weeks we've been back, it's actually gotten better. So much so, that you can't even call it reflux anymore as he barely even spits up. It used to be that I would lose count of how many times he spit up in a ten minute period. But today, I could probably count on one hand the amount of times he spit up. That's over the whole day! And considering he ate around nine meals, that's something worth celebrating.

So our little man doesn't have reflux anymore. And maybe now I can stop using a terry flat as a fashion accessory.

1 comment:

Brooke208 said...

Yay! I'm so glad to hear that!