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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Trip to Pittsburgh and Dr's Visit

When people say that Pittsburgh is confusing... they aren't lying. LOL Our trip up wasn't too bad. When we finally managed to get there, parked, and went into Children's... my opinion on the hospital began. It was so colorful. Bright colors every where. Games for the kids to play. My daughter's first words about it, "This place is awesome." Our wait wasn't too bad. It felt like forever because I just wanted our turn to talk with the doctor.

Finally, when our time came (a few hrs later), they were very pleasant with my daughter. Making her laugh and giggle as they did the routine check on her. Then, time came to explain about her situation. The doctor listened to me with an open mind. Once I was done telling her about every thing that was going on and she was done observing my daughter, she diagnosed her with Pica. When she said this, I felt the weight that I carried on me lifted a bit. Finally, after almost 5 years of the unknown... an answer.

The next step is for behavioral therapy with a Pediatric Psychologist. They will watch her and observe her. Test her and then teach her about the proper ways to eat. They will teach her how to handle the unusual cravings she has along with putting her on medication. We are now waiting for them to call me with my daughter's next doctor's appointment.

We are going to try to see if the program is offered closer to home before making the final decision to take that journey to the horrific Pittsburgh. They are also going to help her with ADHD and the way she reacts with others.

In the doctor's own words, "This sounds bad but the best way to explain it is, the psychologist will "reprogram" her to relearn everything that she learned but without the bad habits. This isn't something that you or her father did. Sometimes this just happens. I can see that you both are taking the proper steps to ensure her health isn't being affected. Her weight and height is perfect for her age. We will take care of her and get her to where she should be. It will take time and patience. It will take work. But we can do this as long as we all work together."

I must say, those were the most comforting words I have heard in a long time from a doctor. Most of the time I was told I was just a paranoid mother and what my daughter was going through was a phase.

My last note of this blog: Mother's intuition isn't fake or unreal... it's there for a reason... and I don't care what medical book says otherwise.. I will use it even if the doctor's disagree!


autumn said...

I'm so glad u guys finally got an answer. Hope you can find something closer to home :0)

rachelyost said...

Yes I also agree...that was a trip to remember. lol. Pappy really made the ride back....lets say interesting and fun. picture this...a redneck lost in the heart of pittsburg..yes very funny and nerve
Jesus, for leading you in the right direction.
YOU.(Raebeth), For taking all the advices from your mama.
All Friends and Family, for the love and support you have given to Raebeth and Emma
And last but not least, EMMA, for being a great and wonderful kid...I Love You!!!
Im glad we could help you find out what was wrong.....
I Love you guys

Samantha said...

Following from the FNF Hop :)

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JennBiery said...

Hey there! You stopped by my blog and I wanted to say thanks and check out yours as well. Your daughter is beautiful...I started reading and have to confess I kept going back to previous posts to read more of what's been going on with her. You write beautifully and your love for her shines through in all you write.

My son recently had to go to Children's Hospital as well. They were fantastic with him -- I feel like they really know what they are doing, and they are so kind to the children. I am so glad you got an answer and that they have a plan. I know when I brought my son there after months of struggles, hearing them confirm what I felt in my heart was a blessing. He has been doing therapy with us at home (he's too young for biofeedback, which is what they usually do for his condition), but we have seen tremendous improvements. I have faith that your sweet girl will receive the treatment she needs.

I am following you now -- I look forward to reading more about how your daughter is doing, and I will pray for her healing.



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