I've determined that Abby's pancreas is a drama queen, just like her. As I've mentioned, Abby had what we thought was the stomach bug. When she just kept throwing up everything (even 6 hours after drinking it) with absolutely no other symptoms (she's a wild child!), we thought there might be more to it. Our GI said to keep in touch if it didn't get better, so I sent her an email over the weekend. She ordered blood work, which came back today as elevated liver functioning. Of the two enzymes that point directly to pancreatitis, one is actually below normal and the other is a slow test that hasn't come back yet. So...
Abby's going to have an ultrasound tomorrow to check for gall stones. Tonight, I put her on just pedialyte. I started at a very slow rate and am increasing by 5 ml/hour each hour until I get to 50 ml/hour. (It's gonna be a long night!) If she doesn't tolerate that, then we are to head to the ER in the morning with the expectation of being admitted. If she does tolerate it, we will go for an outpatient ultrasound. We also have a plan for getting her back to regular feeds (nobody is talking oral food right now...ugh!!) with the note that anymore vomiting means she goes to the ER.
Meanwhile, she hasn't really gotten any calories at all in 8 days and has now lost about 3 lbs.
We were warned that having pancreatitis once would mean that Abby would be more susceptible to it. I just didn't think it would be this soon. Sigh.
Please pray for us. I'm very willing for her to go inpatient if we can get her healthy again, but I'd really like to know the underlying cause for all of these issues. I'm not a big fan of having her in and out of the hospital every month for TPN if this is how it is going to be. There's a reason for the pancreatitis and I'm really hoping that our new GI can get to the bottom of it. I have been very impressed with her so far and especially liked her laid out plan...I'm big on plans. This was not in my plan for Christmas break.
"God doesn't give us what we can handle. God helps us handle what we are given."