our family's adventures with autism and eosinophilic esophagitis
Friday, May 11, 2012
Another Endoscopy and Another Dog
What? May already? Where did April go? April was Autism Awareness month, and while I was really aware of it and helped organize the Northern Arizona Conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders and had Lu's Transition to Kindergarden IEP and Myffy's Transition to pre-school IFSP meetings, and lots of other things going on, I never did manage to blog about any of it. Sometimes doing gets in the way of writing and thinking and it's probably a good thing some of the time. So anyway, yesterday the girls and I were in Phoenix for Lu to at long last have another endoscopy with biopsies to determine whether or not eggs have been causing her EE reactions (should have the results some time next week) and while we were there Lu met another awesome Service Dog! The lovely young lady dog posing in these photos with Lu is Dohanna.
Early morning at the hospital was rough, but Lu had an awesome day after she woke up from her endoscopy. We went back to the hotel room like we usually do and I hooked her up for a small feed of pedialyte to help hydrate her. I expected her to fall asleep during the feed and then throw up the way she usually does after having all of those tubes put down her throat, but instead she stayed awake, perked up and wanted some chips. And then some cookie. And then some pizza! We found a Picazzo's that makes gluten and dairy free pizza and even had gluten and dairy free brownies and ice cream, so we went. It was the first time Lu had hung out in a restaurant for a very long time. She never did eat the pizza, but she had a little brownie and ice cream and only got up and ran around a couple of times. It was really encouraging.
Afterwards we went back to the hotel and met up with Brian from Arizona Goldens who brought over Dohanna for Lu to meet. Dohanna is lovely, pale golden, very quiet, attentive and still. Lu asked to walk dog as soon as they came into the hotel room and considering how long Lu had been up and how much she had gone through that morning at the hospital I was incredibly impressed with how well she did. Just look at the pictures of these two hanging out and interacting!