My 8-yr old daughter with reflux is having her stool evaluated - they checked "giardia/cryptosporidium" on the lab request. She has to poop in a plastic bowl-like thing that sits on the toilet. Tonight, as I was making dinner, she brought the bowl down, all excited - "There it is, that worm that I told you about!" and sure enough, there was this thin white thing almost half an inch long. It wasn't moving, and because I was in the middle of making dinner, I thought I could wait to scoop it up and put it in the specimen jar. Well, 10 minutes later it had disappeared! It definitely was not giardia because that is not visible to the naked eye.
Question: 1) has anyone had their stool evaluated; and 2) how many samples did they require?
With so much of our food being produced abroad, is it possible sufferers of GERD have a parasite?