Shisshy is my favorite aunt and is the one that found the hospital that was willing to operate on Lilly's heart. (Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.) She won't like me posting her picture, but I will anyway. I took this picture July 4, 2010 - the day Lilly was born.
|Lilly meets her great-aunt Shisshy|
As I mentioned in this post, Hunter endured a treatment plan of pediatric enemas to try and overcome nighttime bedwetting. I had read about this in the book It's No Accident: Breakthrough Solutions to Your Child's Wetting, Constipation, UTIs and Other Potty Problems by Steve J. Hodges. Much to his sorrow, it did not work for him, though it did clear up a few other issues he was having, which was great.
However, Hunter is thrilled that he has now been dry at night for over a month now. (These posts may embarrass him one day, but he is currently happy I am writing them to try and help other kids.)
What happened? The thing I am linking it to is his pneumonia that he had in January! Well not the pneumonia itself - but the treatment for it. He was on two antibiotics. When the doctor wrote me the prescription for amoxicillin she warned me that it would probably really mess his stomach up, so to step up with the probiotics.
Well it did, by day two of the dosing. For both boys. They had terrible diarrhea the whole next 9 days they were on the amoxicillin. I did my best to keep them extra hydrated and eating yogurt and taking probiotic supplements. But there was an awful lot of sudden running to the bathroom.
At the end of the dosage, Hunter suddenly began staying dry at night! I can not tell you how relieved and happy that made him. He fully believes that the antibiotic cleaned him out way better than the enemas did. (He didn't hold the enemas in long enough probably. Sorry if that's too much information - but if you are a parent reading this and trying to help your child - you will appreciate knowing that.)
Possibly another benefit to the antibiotic was suggested by a dear friend of mine. She had read about a link between candida (yeast overgrowth) and bedwetting. Hunter has had issues with yeast overgrowth in the past - whenever I don't monitor his carb intake. (He'd love to just live off bread and crackers.) Since the antibiotics kill off all bacteria (good and bad) perhaps it wiped out any yeast overgrowth in his gut/system.
Whatever it was, Hunter is so thankful and that makes me thankful too.