There is a family that I love very, very much.
They don't live in Texas with me.... I don't get to see them very often....
But I love them to pieces.
Jessica is my friend. She & I went to college together.
Her son was born before mine. She is just an amazing mom to her son, & twin daughters. I've said more than once---I just don't know how she does it!
Well....her son is very sick.
He's in a children's hospital for a new diagnosis of Menetrier's disease. I'd never heard of it, so I googled it.
Menetrier's disease or hypoproteinemic hypertrophic gastropathy is a rare, acquired, premalignant disorder of the stomach. Symptoms include epigastric pain, nausea, vomiting, edema, anorexia and weight loss. Menetrier's disease is characterised by giant hypertrophic folds that most often involve the fundus with histological features of marked foveolar hyperplasia, atrophy of glands and an increase in mucosal thickness. Additional findings include loss of enteric proteins and hypoalbuminemia, excess mucus secretion, decreased gastric acid secretion and normal or slightly elevated fasting serum gastrin levels. Most reports quote a 10 to 15% association with gastric carcinoma. The cause of the disease is unknown. Spontaneous remission of the disease is rare. There is no established treatment. Reported treatments include anticholinergics, H2 receptor antagonists, tranexamic acid, corticosteroids and H. pylori eradication. Partial or total gastrectomy is generally reserved for patients with debilitating disease and for cases at risk of developing gastric cancer.
According to Jessica, his case is considered "severe".
So...you guys---just pray for this whole family. Pray for her son's health....just pray for all of them!