Karina, at about age 9, began having stomach problems. Not exactly stomach but for the sake of this post I'll use "stomach". So I'd take her to the doctor and he'd say "she's not getting enough fiber, she's constipated". I wanted to punch that guy in the gut and say 'now does that feel like constipation to you?' I didn't, but I still wish I had.
So for months, we made our little trek to the doctor and he'd say "What did you eat today? If she doesn't eat enough fruits and vegtables, this is what happens". Okay so after I don't know how many trips the last thing I remember him saying was "If you're gonna keep bringing her back here because she's constipated but never change her diet, what would you like me to tell you? It's your fault she's like this." And I said 'bye, bye Doctor Stupid', out we went, never to return again.
I'm not a doctor but there have been a number of times when I went to a doctor and told him exactly what was wrong with me before they could do any labs. Why? because I know my body and I listen to it. But this joker was too dumb to listen to what the patient was saying. He only knew he was right, or so he thought. Big Jerk!
So, we found another doctor who, was nicer but still could not recognize that this was something other than bad fruit or too much candy. I tried to explain what I thought it was from my own experience but could not be heard. Poop! We liked her too.
Well as it turned out, after several visits to the doctor, being sent home with an "it's nothing" response, we decide to stay home and ride out the pain. I was getting desperate as Karina's pain was increasing and there seemed to be no end in sight. Finally in desperation and fear as I watched my little girl turn into a skeleton I took her to the ER where, not only was she admitted for Anorexia, Child Services were called on Juan Carlos and I because, and here's what the doctor said "I was raised with a step-parent too. I know how terrible it is. Your husband should not be hitting your child"......Hold the phone Miss Doctor Stupid Numero Dos. First of all, neither of us are her step parents and second, we do spank our children if they really need it but the heal of your hand to the forehead as a joke has never, as far as I know, won a case in court for physical abuse. This doctor was slightly off her rocker.
So she admits Karina for Anorexia and I let her. Why? Because even though I knew she was a dim wit and would lose her case in court, all I really wanted was to get medical attention for my daughter who I knew was suffering with something other than malnutrition. Holy!
After many, many tests, many, many doctors and a switch to a children's hospital, it's confirmed by a wonderful doctor who was intelligent enough to see that this was not Anorexia or anything of the sort. It was an unusual case of Pancreatitis. Yes, it's unusual for children but that does not mean it does not exist.
Our wonderful doctor sends us to yet another hospital where the specialist does what they call an ERCP...don't ask....and removes these little stones from Karina's pancreas. No sooner did she come off the drugs used during procedure when she's asking, "can I have some food?". Let me tell you, Godzilla himself would have melted and spoon fed her. She ate as if she had never eaten before and wanted more once she finished with the first plate.