I had never even heard of colitis until my 12-year-old son was diagnosed with it.
He had lost a tremendous amount of weight over the past 6 months, was refusing to eat or would throw up after eating, and was extremely (what we thought) lazy and irritable. His pediatrician ordered a string of blood tests and he was found to be anemic and his iron levels were “alarmingly low”. We were told he possibly had celiac disease. When we saw the gastroenterologist he said he suspected Crohn’s Disease and we were sent that day over to the hospital for a blood transfusion, endoscopy and colonoscopy. We spent the entire week — the week before Christmas — in the hospital. My son was extremely cooperative and had an uncharacteristically great attitude during the entire stay. After the procedures we looked at the photos and saw his large intestine was inflamed and covered in ulcers. We felt so bad and so guilty about how we had been on his case so much in the prior 6 months about lying around all the time and being lazy.
He’s now in the process of weaning off prednisone and has been on iron and calcium supplements plus a prescription prilosec. The change in him has been unbelievable. He’s back to being a very pleasant and cooperative person now and seems so much happier. He plays hockey and is on his school swim team, and has so much more energy than before. He was a picky eater and I’ve always been a little on the crazy side about nutrition and healthy foods, but now he is much more open minded about trying new foods that are good for him and about giving up foods that are not. He’s back to the wonderful boy he used to be. We felt so confused and alone with the diagnosis — and scared with all the horror stories on the internet. We kept our friends updated during the ordeal and were amazed at how many of them knew people who went through the same thing. I was introduced through friends to other people whose kids had also been diagnosed and it helped give us an idea of what was to come for us — and their stories ended up well. That gave us a lot of hope and reassurance.
We are gearing up for 6MP. I’m hoping that at some point in the future after he goes through puberty, that we’ll be able to control the UC with diet.
written by Hayley
submitted in the Colitis Venting Area