Thursday, March 26, 2009

le Reflux

le Darn it!

Psh...

le Sonofabitch!

No...

le Shit!

Sort of...

le Fuck!

Exactly!

I took Olivia to the doctor on Tuesday. We got some good news - no more blood in the stool. The Alimentum is here to stay. Not that I'm thrilled to be paying that much, but it would suck to have to keep trying out different formula and going back to the doctor with poopy diapers.

Since I like to be prepared, I took a print out of the symptoms of silent reflux, hilited the things that are happening to Olivia, and wrote notes on her reactions to eating. Balls (Ovaries?) to the wall, right? I wanted some medicine.

The doctor wholeheartedly agreed that she had reflux. Great! Then she said they don't like to give medication before trying other things first. Mmmmkay...I guess that makes sense.

The verdict: 1/4 tsp of Maalox or Mylanta 15-20 minutes before eating, and a tablespoon of rice cereal in her bottle.

After our doctor appointment, we went to Target and happily bought the Maalox and rice cereal. She was completely zonked all day after starting this. Great! She must be feeling better and getting some rest!

I am a flaming moron...

My baby screamed her head off from 5 am until midnight yesterday. Screamed. As in WTF GIMME BACK MY UMBILICAL CORD YOU FLAMING MORON!

I called the doctor at 2 and didn't hear back until 5. But I quit giving her the Maalox at her 2 o'clock feeding to see if it helped. Turns out that is exactly what the doctor said to do.

Am doctor, apparently. Will demand $165/hour when I go back to work.

However, in some sick twisted plot to test the sanity of everyone in our home, he also said that if she seems better after taking away the Maalox, then give it to her again tomorrow and see if she screams. Keep going with the rice cereal. Then call the office.

I wanted to tell him that I would do that if I could also shove the bottle of Maalox up his ass, see if he cries, then take it out, and if he feels better, test it again. I did not. I am only that weird in my mind (and on my blog).

By midnight, when things hadn't improved, I quit with the rice cereal, too. This was getting to be ridiculous! She was in pain before, but crying for a few minutes after a bottle - this was like a marathon of screaming that made me so anxious that I thought I had the flu yesterday because I was making multiple Oh-No-Here-Comes-le-Puke trips to the toilet. (le Puke never came.)

Her poor little face had dried up tears all over it.

Last night went pretty well. She's back to the pre-satan Olivia, having trouble eating and crying for a few minutes after a bottle. She slept for 2 hour increments all night. She is sleeping now.

If I don't get some Zantac today, I am heading over to the doctor's office with that bottle of Maalox...

Bah.

You deserve a baby fix if you made it this far (sorry, it's a repeat if you know me on Facebook):



I just want her to feel better.

58 comments:

Becca said...

Ugh! Poor thing! And poor you! And the doctor is a sadist. I am sorry. I hope you get your Zantac and that it helps and that she sleeps for twelve hours tonight.

Jo Peterson said...

I took my 3.5 month old to the ER this past weekend because OMG, I thought I had poisoned him with formula. I know exactly how you feel. You just want your baby to be better, to be normal. One thing I will say is when my baby was your baby's age, I thought I had made a mistake conceiving. All those years when I was trying to conceive why didn't someone tell me I would want to throw myself from a bridge when the baby arrived. But now, 3 months later and I already can't wait for the next one. In a few short months, she'll steal your heart right out of your chest. You are close to getting the smiles, it makes a huge difference. Hang in there.

Emily said...

Ah, Reflux. I know ye well, you be-yotch.

Why drs. keep suggesting rice cereal is beyond me. I don't know one baby with reflux that has reacted favorably to that. My daughter took 1/2 of a prevacid three times a day. I thought there was something wrong with her because she never smiled or laughed or anything. Turns out she was just in pain for seven months!

I promise it will get better!!

Mrsalmondswife said...

Oh goodness! I sure hope that highly paid dr. figures out something better than torture to your baby. And SOON! She is beautiful, even if she isn't feeling well.

Malloryn said...

I'm sorry that you guys are going through such a tough time. Yay for no more blood in the stool, but I hope things improve soon so that you don't need to shove the bottle of Maalox up the doctor's ass... unless that makes you feel better, then go ahead!

MDZ said...

I hope Olivia feels better soon! My 10 day old baby was also screaming his head off last night and I was getting anxious because I don't know what was upsetting him!

Also, I don't know if Olivia has bad diaper rash, but my baby had it bad. The skin on his butt felt like leather. Desitin did absolutely nothing. My Russian mother-in-law suggested using Sea Buckthorn oil (Oleum Hippophaes) and it worked absolute MAGIC overnight. I was amazed. It's pretty oily and it is quite a colorful orange/yellow color, but I wanted to share this magical solution. We found it in a Russian store, but you can probably order it over the internet. Good luck!

The Red Headed Mama said...

I hope she feels better soon, poor baby girl. She's just way too cute to be in all that pain!

Cynthia said...

I stumbled across your blog from someone else and I feel your pain. When my son was only 9 days old he had blood in his stool and had been puking and had very loose stools. I told the pedi that something wasn't right and she told me to wait. Three days later he was admitted to the hospital where he stayed for two weeks. Thankfully everything was okay but it was a rough ride. He was DX with reflux and a milk allergy. The pedi put him on a formula called Neocate. It was VERY expensive ($140 a can which you can buy through the company for cheaper) but it was the most broken down formula you can buy. With that and the Zantac he improved. He was still very colicy but the loose poops stopped completely and the spit-up slowed down. Maybe you could talk to your pedi and see if that will help your daughter.

Good luck!

Amy said...

I highly suggest a Naturopathic Doctor, this link will help you find one in your area.

http://www.ocaanp.org/findnd.htm

Hope she feels better soon!

Anonymous said...

Ugh. Feel your pain! Unfortunately for us, we never found the magic "reflux/colic-be-gone" combo. We tried everything from Zantac, to rice ceral, to Allimentum (which besides the cost, don't you LOVE the smell?) to sleeping upright and NOTHING worked. Kid screamed bloody murder for the first 5 months of his life. Once we started solids though he seemed much better! Hope you find what works for her!

Jen said...

Poor baby girl. And poor you too, how awful! We've had that horrible screaming in pain too and it is terrible. (She didn't calm down until we gave her a bath, she likes baths.) I hope she feels better soon.

Kathleen said...

Sad! I'm so sorry for all the pain you're both going through. I really hope it gets better soon. No advice here...

uncomplicateme said...

I'm so sorry. :( I think the doctor needs slapped, at the very least.

She's still completely delicious!

Beautiful Mess said...

Oh man! I'm glad your not one of those moms who think just because the doctor said so, it MUST be correct. I hope she feels better soon. That picture is so sweet!

alicia said...

awe poor little thing! cute pic though :)

Jodi said...

I hope she gets some relief soon (and you too!). My 5 month old was on Zantac but it didn't make a difference in his attitude. Nico's a spitter, but a happy one...just arches a lot and needs his crib mattress inclined. She is absolutely adorable!!!

Heather said...

So glad there is no more blood in her stools, but my goodness, I'd want to shove the bottle of Maalox up his butt too! Hope she feels better soon.

Love the pic! She is such a cutie-pie!

Aunt Becky said...

Amelia has that same outfit!

And I'm sorry, duder. Having the ickle ones can be so hard as they can't tell you what's wrong. It'll get easier, I promise.

Mintfree7 said...

Oh goodness this sounds sooo familar. You need to bust into your doctor's office and DEMAND the ZANTAC. It made such a difference for my son..and the kid finally got some much needed peaceful sleep. I totally feel for the both of you been there. I hope things get better.

Io said...

Poor baby. That is the face of a child who wants to know why the fuck she is being tortured!

Cernanec Family said...

One of our girls has TERRIBLE reflux requiring 24-cal $70/can Neocate and rice cereal. I could write a book on the fixes we have tried so far. If you want some great tips, just email me at cernanec@hotmail.com. I can send you a description of crap we have tried. Long story short, though, keep your girl at an incline while sleeping and while awake. Lying flat makes life hell for them. And feed almost completely upright...we're talking child sitting up and leaning back only slightly. Good luck!

Sarah said...

I'm so sorry Olivia is having such a hard time. And I know how awful you feel...you just want to take her pain away. Hopefully things will improve soon for all of you.

Big hugs!

Emily said...

Poor Olivia, Poor Jenn...feel better sweet baby!

Heather said...

It is possible to try breastfeeding again. See http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/relactation.html and google "relactate"

Amy, queen of the world. said...

Poor little babygirl... the thing that helped my son the most with his colic/reflux/yeah-hi-I-don't-like-that-formula-try-something-more-expensive-k-thanksness was switching to Playtex Drop-In bottles. It's like it was a miracle bottle or something. And from silicone to latex nipples, because they were easier for him to nurse. Mylicon drops and LOTS of bouncing and singing and crying (him and me) later, we finally got to a happy place. It DOES get better! :)

Just Caz said...

Your such a sweet mom!
Care to adopt me?
Okay im 22 and very well trained...
And I live in australia so thats a stupid idea.

Hoping Oliva is feeling better very very very soon.
Like right now.

shiduri said...

i went through the same thing with my daughter -- AND, if it makes you feel any better, i was breastfeeding (so please drop the self-guilt if you haven't already :) )

olivia is going to be fine -- her system is still adjusting to being outside of the womb.

maytali had a brutal combo of colic and silent reflux, and she somehow managed to conquer it like a champ. i will warn you, however, that she still refuses to sleep through the night at 10.5 months :)

Lauren.Furrer said...

I know how you feel. I have wanted to kick my doctor in the nuts everytime something has been wrong with my little one. "Quit f-ing around and fix him!!!!"

Keepontrying said...

She is beautiful! Thanks for sharing your experiences with us.

the misfit said...

I'm sorry baby is doing poorly.

But I have to say - I find your posts HILARIOUS.

PJ said...

Good Lord Woman! I hope some spa reads this and gives you a complimentary stay. Or something decadent like that...

She is beautiful though. Those cheeks!!! Oh my!

Silent Coyote said...

Get your doc to prescribe the formula (even if it's available without one) and your health insurance may pay for it if it's medically necessary for her.

Hope you both feel better soon.

pearlsandchocolate.com said...

My oldest had reflux. The doctor kept treating her for a sore throat - it was the acid burning her throat.

A nurse told me to put something under the front legs of her basinet to prop it up a bit and put rice in her bottle. I think I put in more rice than formula. But that helped a lot.

Relux is so hard because they are so miserable! Good Luck! My prayers are with you!

Mel said...

Poor girl. What a frustrating situation. Doctors are so usually worthless.
Hope she gets to feeling better soon. We have mild reflux over here, too. Blah.

MamaSoon said...

poor baby and poor mommy. i can't imagine the stress from watching your little one so unhappy and not feeling well.

Jill said...

Poor Olivia and poor Mommy. So sorry Jen. Hope things get better soon.

P.S. I finally changed my blog name and address-

http://anotherdayinpair-adise.blogspot.com/

Cassandra said...

My baby has relfux too! He has to sleep in his swing because of it. :/
I had no idea because he didn't have the extreme spitting up but his peditrician noticed it right away and he's now on Zantac. It helps but it taste like battery acid poor little man.

I hope your little girl feels better soon.

Next in Line said...

You blog is the very first one I found. I googled something or another related to fertility and ended up here. I didn't know people were blogging about trying to get pregnant. That was a year ago. I read all you old posts and followed you through your second IVF cycle, to getting pregnant and now little Olivia.
Through your blog I found other blogs and eventually started my own. It has been a life saver. I just completed my first IVF cycle and am 7 weeks pregnant. Thanks for posting. I would have been 100 times more scared of IVF and all the rigmarole if I hadn't found this online community. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I hope you learned your lesson and won't be so selfish and give up so easily on breastfeeding next time. Breastfeeding isn't about losing weight or saving $$, although it can provide those benefits. It's about what's best for the baby.

HUMAN MILK FOR HUMAN BABIES, you moron.

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