She was into the team doctor Monday morning, the GI doctor Monday afternoon and had a colonoscopy done on Tuesday. The test confirmed the diagnosis. While this disease is chronic, we were somewhat relieved to know what was wrong so that she could begin some sort of treatment. After a few days on the steroids she is feeling much better. Both doctors said there is no reason she can not swim and compete. She's already back in the pool and feels a lot better. Her statement to me was "I'm a swimmer, I've swam 20,000 miles, this disease won't stop me".
January 19, 2009
Living a new life
As many of you know, Caitlin was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease this past week. While this is not what I want for my child....or any person for that matter....this is now her new life. She has not been feeling well for a while and we had her to the doctor a few times before she left on her Christmas training trip to Puerto Rico. The doctor said she was anemic and her estrogen was low. Okay....so she started iron pills. By the time she returned from Puerto Rico she was doubled over in pain. I went on line and started looking up her symptoms separately and Crohn's disease popped up. After a quick call to a friend that is an Internal Medicine doc, who had the same opinion, I was off to Illinois.