Did you know that TODAY:
*50 million men, woman and children are in pain from arthritis
*140,000 people with arthritis will visit their doctor
* 3,750 joints will be replaced
* Arthritis will be the largest category of disability claims filed
* Arthritis will cost this country $350M
* 3 people will DIE today from arthritis
We also got a brief report on Jake's recent Gastric Emptying Scan he had at Shands Hospital in late February. Jake had this gastric emptying test to help measure the time it takes his food to empty from his stomach and enter his small intestine. It also is to help us to figure out why Jake is vomiting, having abdominal pain, and having a hard time gaining weight. His scan studies indicated that it took Jake 91 minutes, which was slightly abnormal and took longer than normal for his radioactive eggs to leave his stomach. Not really sure what is the next step ??? We are in limbo and awaiting our new medical consult appointments at Vanderbuilt. In the meantime, Jake has lost a few pounds that he had just gained in March. His GI issues are still a mystery to us. We can't figure out his pattern and explain why he vomits when he does? Sunday was a beautiful day- and we decided after church to go to a park to play a bit. As much as Jake wanted to play, he kept coming back to me, complaining he didn't feel well. Once again, he didn't make it an hour before vomiting. There goes any calories he had consumed that day!
On a positive note, we received Jake's chest scans back from the Pediatric Cardiologist. Happy to share there is NO MASS!! Hip Hip Horray!! Jake overall had a good, healthy Cardiology appointment. His ECHO and EKG looked good. He wore a event heart monitor- we are still awaiting final report, but am assuming no news is good news. The cardiologist believes most of Jake's chest pains come from his severe costeochronditis. We were well aware Jake has severe costeochronditis and has had it severely from initial diagnosis. What we did learn is that Jake has a chest deformation, called Pectus Carinatum. Pectus carinatum occurs when the cartilage of the ribs and breastbone (sternum) undergo excessive growth, causing them the sternum to protrude. It may worsen when Jake has growth spurts or becomes a adolescent. There are basically two options to treat this as Jake gets to be in his early teens. 1) External Bracing 2) Surgery. We are certainly going to pray that Jake's deformation does not progress over time and that he is not bothered by the appearance and can remain active without further issues.