In April Billy was rushed to the hospital. At the time we weren’t sure if he was having another stroke, or what was going on. He had been to the doctor the day before and was diagnosed with a sinus infection. He was still feeling pretty bad and had slept most of the day. When he woke up around 8 PM, he was disoriented and very unsteady on his feet. Walking the 20 feet to the bathroom, he had to sit down several times.
When the ambulance got there they couldn’t get a pulse or oxygen reading and his blood pressure was around 80/40.
Blood tests showed that his hemoglobin was a 6. Normal is about 13. They started blood transfusions right away and the doctor told us if he hadn’t gotten to the hospital when he did, he wouldn’t have made it to morning.
After several days in the hospital, many many blood transfusions, an endoscopy, and a digestive study, he was diagnosed with Gastroparesis. His stomach is very slow emptying, which means the food starts to rot in his stomach before its digested. This is bad enough on its own and can cause the lining of the stomach to become inflamed. Add in the 3 different blood thinners he was on, it caused the lining of his stomach to start bleeding and he almost bled to death before we figured out that his sinus infection symptoms were actually caused by his low hemoglobin.
One of the side effects to the gastroparesis is gas. Not just normal burps, but as my kids called them, rotting food burps. They smell horrible.
Enter Plexus. While he was in the hospital they put him on a new med, took him off 2 of the blood thinners, and added a probiotic. We were talking about the burps at one of his endocrinologist appointments and she suggested trying Plexus and see if it will help with.
He’s been doing the Plexus Triplex for several months now and those unpleasant burps are so much better.
Gastroparesis is something he will have to deal with for the rest of his life, but thankfully we found something that has helped ease some of his unwanted side effects of it.