Brayden's Journey

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Results from GI Specialist

We finally heard back from the GI Specialist and he reviewed the results we sent him.  He  said he didn't find any blood in the 3 samples we sent, which is great news! He is thinking the coffee grounds where caused from all the stress Brayden had while going through surgery.  He did have 11 surgeries the past 4 years, I can see why his body was stressed.  I am happy we got a second opinion about this and now I don't have to worry about this.  We will keep an eye out for anything unusual and if we see anything we will let the GI Specialist know right away.  So for right now, we don't have to worry about any surgeries in the near future and he can be like any other 4 year old boy!

Thank you everyone for praying for Brayden and always supporting him, means the world to us.  He is one very lucky boy to have so much support!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

GI Specialist

Wednesday we went to GI Specialist in Des Moines to see Dr. Carlin.  He said that he didn't think Brayden had any major issues going on since he doesn't complain about his stomach hurting or throw up regular.  But he wanted to make sure, so he sent us home with a kit to check his stool.  We had to get samples of his stool for 3 days and send the results back to Dr. Carlin.  Once he got the results he will check for blood.  Once he reviews the results and if he sees anything wrong he will put Brayden on acid reducing medication for a couple of months.  After that he will re check his stool for blood and if still positive he will perform an upper endoscopy for further evaluation. 

So far it sounds promising and nothing too major which we are happy about.  Now getting this stool samples hasn't been fun.  Ha.  But Brayden thought it was pretty funny when we had to get samples of his stool!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Stitches are out!

Can't believe it's been over 2 weeks since Brayden's surgery.  He is healing up great and it has been hard to keep him from running around like doctors orders. 

Brayden turned 4 on the 1st, can't believe he's 4 already.  He was so excited for his birthday this year and loved celebrating with family and friends.  He had a costume birthday party and he dressed up as Spider-man.  He also brought cupcakes to school for his friends and he thought that was pretty fun. 

Last night we took out his stitches.  I was happy he didn't have too many to be removed and we could do it at home.  Geoffrey and Uncle Brandon took them out while I tried to calm Brayden down.  Poor little guy was crying the whole time and I tried to distract him with my phone but he just wanted to watch what they were doing the whole time.  I told him he is such a brave boy and he told me, "Mom I am not brave, I am scared and I am crying the whole time." Ugh hearing that broke my heart.  I told him he was brave because we didn't have to go to the doctor and taking them out at home.  Once he was done, he was a happy boy again and in a great mood.  I am so thankful we started so young with him.  I do wonder how much he will remember of this as he gets older.  I love being his mom and being here for him throughout this whole journey. 

Wednesday we are off to Des Moines to see a GI specialist for his stomach.  I am praying this is nothing serious.  Brayden has been through enough and we don't need another set back.