Monday, September 29, 2008

Trip to our new acupuncturist

Actually I think he calls himself a naturpathic physician. I'm happy to find Dr. Kern happy he is on my Kaiser insurance. He is looking at Camerons situation much different then the medical doctors are and in a way that I feel makes much more sense. He spent about an hour with us and got to know all of Cameron's issues..illnesses and problems through out his life. It's all connected somehow. Problems can lead to larger problems and he's about treating the cause not just putting a bandaid on the symptoms.

Here's a pic I snapped with my camera phone while Cameron was getting an acupuncture treatment and a laser treatment on his stomach.

We are still following the advice of the medical doctors, Cameron is on steriods right now which is hopefully going to calm down the inflammation and edema in his stomach and colon. But we are anxious to see what Dr. Kern will want us to do. First he has ordered a couple more blood tests that the reg docs did not order. As soon as Cameron feels well enough we will do that. He did have a good day yesterday, but of course it was a Sunday and the lab was closed so we couldn't take advantage of a good tummy day and get it done. Today started off bad, he hasn't thrown up in about 2 weeks..but thats how we started the day. And so now he's hardly eaten and of course I'm thinking about how it's a step back from the wieight I"m hoping he may have gained from having some good eating days. But I've been told this is how gastroparesis is..really with no rhyme or reason. Certain foods will make them sick..but sometimes they are just sick for what seems no apparent reason.


Marjorie said...

I'm so glad you're trying an alternative medicine doctor, along with Cameron's regular treatment. It makes so much more sense to treat the whole body and not just the one problem. And to have a doctor like that on your health plan is such an added bonus and unusual! I hope this path will lead to a turn-around for Cameron.

All the best.

Christina said...

I really hope the acupuncturist can help. I went to an acupuncturist years ago after being in a car accident and having chronic pain. It helped a lot. I think it makes sense to follow the medical doctor's recommendations while looking into alternative options. I hope the acupuncturist can bring him some relief. Poor Cameron; I think about you guys every day.

Lou's addictions said...

I really hope this can help your son with his health, i have heard nothing but great things about acupuncture. I'm sorry to hear that he's having a bad day after doing so well the last couple of weeks too.


Redbeard said...

Gastroparesis is not fun at all. I have diabetic gastroparesis and there is no rhyme or reason to when it wants to act up or not. Never tried acupuncture not sure I will due to lack of money for it. But wish the best though, hope you find success there. Chuck

Stefani said...

I'm glad you are trying alternative methods. I've always wanted to try acupuncture.