Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a type of bacteria that causes infection in the stomach. It is found in about two-thirds of the world’s population. It may be spread by unclean food and water, but researchers aren’t sure. It causes Peptic ulcers and can also cause stomach cancer.

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Both my boys have had H. Pylori. It’s not fun, the treatment is not fun. It causes burning pain in the stomach, especially after meals. For the boys, it means tomato based sauces are strictly avoided (no pizza), Jamey’s beloved Mexican food is out of the question and nothing spicy (and Ed loves Italian. )

Treatment includes antibiotics. They play havoc on the stomach as well, so acid reducers have always been prescribed. From my research, I’ve found that most people who are diagnosed with it, come in contact with it in childhood. It can be transmitted through the saliva as well as fecal material. Good hygiene is important.

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Ed’s medications have made treatment difficult. Ed has Generalized Anxiety and ADHD. He does very well with his medications, but there are drug interactions with one of the antibiotics and his anxiety meds. For the time being he will be on Prozac for the anxiety. It has a lower instance of interaction, so he is going to be having a few EKG’s throughout treatment. I do appreciate the abundance of caution. Ed’s my “healthy child”.

This week coming was supposed to be my quiet week, but of course that’s not going to happen. Tuesday is Jamey’s appointment at Children’s with Dr. Benhayan. Wednesday we go to Montifer so he can sign up for the study and give blood work (8 hour fasting). And Friday, Jamey turns 20.

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All in all, it’s not the worst schedule we’ve had. I do have to fit in an EKG into the mix. As well as calling GI to start the antibiotics. Finally. Friday nights dinner will be liver and onions with perogies. Jamey’s favorite meal. I was once accused of child abuse for that one tee hee.

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