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- What is the Newborn Hearing Screen?
- The Best Hearing Aid Accessories for Kids
- Choosing Eyeglasses for Kids
- Great Hearing Loss Simulations
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
After driving through lake effect snow, getting stuck in one parking lot, and making it up to Amherst with two cranky children, we have our answer:
Even on the maximum dosage of Nexium (PPI drug) and Zantac (H2 blocker), Nolan still has some breakthrough acid reflux. The results, however, are "good enough" to proceed with the airway surgery (supraglottoplasty) on Tuesday.
It seems weird to say, "Yay, he gets to have surgery!" At least we get to take care of the breathing issue and we can slay the reflux dragon on another day. Hopefully the meds will keep him stable for a long, long time, because the alternative to medical therapy isn't very nice (an operation called a nissen fundoplication, that generally results in a G-tube). Unfortunately, with his level of GERD/LPR reflux, that surgery looms over our heads. We plan on doing everything we can to avoid it!
I've always been highly reluctant to give the kids medication. I never thought I'd say, "Drug him up!" to a doctor, but when the alternative is an irreversible surgery with some potentially nasty side effects, we'll take all the drugs he can handle.