From Colic, To Reflux, To A Nissen

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Witching hour. When Lexi was about two months old she would cry and cry from about 9:00pm to 10:30pmish every night. That time frame was officially called witching hour in our house. This literally lasted for about a month or so. I thought this was her just being a bay since I am a first time mom, but it was colic.

After a few months she started spitting up from her mouth and out her nose a few times a day. in the course of a week it got worse. I was afraid to lay her down and leaving the room because I was scared that she may spit up and choke.

One day we were at her cardiologist’s office and he noticed her contorting her body and spitting up/refluxing bad and he admitted us to GHS. This was our third hospital visit with her, but I never knew you could get hospitalized for reflux problems. Once we were admitted they did tests for eight or nine days just to rule out anything else and to be sure in fact that it was reflux and that is what it was. They tried feeding her through A NG Tube that went to her stomach and that didn’t help. Then they tried an NJ Tube, that past the stomach into her small intestine and it helped a tiny bit. Eventually the doctors decided she needed to get a Nissen done, which they tie the upper stomach to her esophagus. Things can go down but nothing can come up.

They performed the surgery and it worked. She now has her Nissen. She doesn’t spit up anymore and she is on three medications to help her motility and heartburn. I am so thankful for the Nissen. It really has done wonders for Lexi and I am so thankful for the doctors at GHS.

 

Photos by: Hannah Decossas Photography

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