Thursday, April 3, 2008
We finally have an answer for Alex's troubles. He has IBD inflammatory bowel disease. Worse than irritable bowel disease, this actually causes his digestive tract to bleed inside and his body treats his own digestive tract like it is allergic to itself. It is a chronic condition. He lost 45 pounds in about 2 1/2 months, something I would like to do, but not through those methods. He has been out of school for weeks now, having a home bound tutor while he regained some strength. Now for the good news. There is medication, he is on four different kinds now, and should be able to drop down to two that he will have to take for his lifetime. The Dr wants him to gain a few pounds back, but not too many. If we can get him to a healthy place, he actually looks great! It should be interesting what the girls will think when he goes back to school part time on Monday! Here is a weird coincidence. The two tutors that were assigned to Alex were Mr. Wirtela and Mr. Sandler. Oscar Wirtela was the vice-principal when Shon and Colett (and maybe Amy?) were up at Skyview. Bob Sandler was an English teacher up there at the same time. There are at least 50 home bound tutors...what are the odds we get those two? Here are some updated photos of what Alex looks like.
Posted by Kee at 8:48 PM