Health Issues pt. II

Sometime in mid-January, I can’t remember exactly when, Desi started having stomach issues. She would constantly complain of stomach aches. It got to the point where I began worrying a lot because it was persistent, and it seemed to have only gotten worse. She used to have stomach aches before, but this time it was different. After a week and a half or so, we went to see a doctor at our neighborhood Urgent Care. The doctor there diagnosed her with acute gastritis. The doc prescribed an antibiotic for her to take along with medication to help with her bowel movements. For a while we thought she got better. Just the antibiotic alone cost us $200.

After a couple of weeks, Desi started complaining about her stomach again. So, we scheduled an appointment to see a pediatrician as soon as possible. That doctor ordered blood tests, a stool test, and an ultrasound to see what was going on. The results all came out negative, which put my mind at ease but couldn’t stand the fact that my daughter was still having issues. Her doctor thinks her stomach issues are stress related. He didn’t prescribe her anything, but suggested that we continue with her diet, and to continue giving her Tums when needed and to start giving her Zantax 3x a day for a few months. I only did that for the first three days coz it wasn’t really working and it didn’t make me feel any better knowing she is still having tummy issues.

Now if you know me, I don’t rely on medication to make me feel better. It’s not because I am stubborn or anything like that. (The mister likes to tell me I’m stubborn.) I just believe that nutrition is the best medicine. The only time I agree to medicine is if it’s something serious and is a must.

Because of this stomach issue Desi was going through, she had missed plenty of school days. It started out as every other day and it progressed to almost every single day. The next few weeks was like torture for me and Desi. I was worried that the school was going to make a complaint, even though they’ve gotten two doctors’ notes and notes from me explaining what’s going on with my daughter. There were days when I told her she had no choice but to go to school and to just deal with the pain. I noticed when she’s at home the pain goes away and will come back again at night or when she wakes up in the morning. So yeah, I do believe that stress could be a factor that is causing her to have acute gastritis. I hated seeing her like that because it was killing my inside. She lost weight because she didn’t have much of an appetite, and that only led to a decrease in energy.

So, I started to do some research and decided to turn to supplements for help. For about three weeks now, I had Desi take turmeric in pill form along with probiotic (with 40 million count of live bacteria), which is also in pill form, once a day (preferably before she goes to school), along with half a scoop of powdered collagen that I mix into her drink (juice/chocolate milk/smoothie) every morning and evenings.

What I found out about turmeric is that it has an anti-inflammatory property to it—it helps relieve pain. It can also help boost her mood. I already knew the benefits of probiotics, which I made sure that Desi continues to take, because it will keep her digestive system balanced and healthy. I had her eating yogurt with probiotics, but that didn’t seem to be enough. And last, but not least, the collagen powder to help boost the immune system and to ensure that her tummy will heal. Plus, she’ll get those added benefits of having nice skin and pretty hair.

I’m so relieved and happy that I found something that works! I just wish I had thought of this sooner. After the first day of taking those supplements, Desi felt better the next day. She just has to continue taking these supplements because I have taken her off to see what would happen, and we’d go back to square one.  But overall, her health is improving.  She still can’t eat certain foods, but there’s less complaints of any tummy aches.  So, yay to that.