We're back from the doctor appointment. The doctor seems nice. I stepped out for the "drop your drawers" exam. When I asked my son how he liked the doctor, he answered "I'm not keen on dropping my pants for anyone but he was OK considering what he had to do". It's weird because there is a big difference between a pediatric GI (even for a teenager) and an adult GI. Also, since he is 19 and considered an adult, my son still wants me to take care of things like this (questions, appointments, etc). And I want to also. He did sign a waiver saying that I can get the information for him as needed. I told my son that it is up to him to decide what he wants to handle on his own and what he still wants me to handle.
Anyway, the doctor did not do any probing (yet). He says it definitely looks like a fistula. He couldn't say exactly where it was from. It could be from the rectum or it could be from the glands down there. It is definitely acute and it is not the first time it has happened. My son acknowledged that he has seen some blood/mucous from that area in the past (never told me). But this time it got too bad to deal with. The doctor put him on Flagyl and Levaquin for 2 weeks. He has to go back next Friday. The doctor said that he would be seeing him quite a bit in the future (scopes, probes, who knows what else). He did say if the antibiotics don't work, he would have to send him to a surgeon to have the fistula drained. He gave a brief explanation about what they might do. Yum!! Not!! The doctor said he could try soaking in epsom salts but he understands that it is hard to make the time to just sit in a tub.
So hopefully through the weekend he will see a change for the positive. It is becoming harder to stand, walk, sit, etc.
Thanks again to all for your good thoughts. It's wonderful to have this support group to turn to.
--Mom of bratcat (16 years old)--
bratcat was diagnosed with pancolitis October 2006
Asacol - 3 pills/3Xday, 2 tabs 6-mp
11/14/06 - started prednisone; 1/28/07 - finished prednisone!
3/3/07 - began to taper off hydrocortisone sloowwly! Summer 2007 - slowly began tapering Rowasa. 9/07 -- flaring? Nightly Rowasa. 9/21/07 -- added hydrocortisone enemas. 9/30/07--added prednisone. 10/31--started 6-mp, stopped the enemas. Started lowering prednisone.