The Resource In pain we trust : A conversation between mother and son on the journey from sickness to health, by Kevin & Vicki Whiting, Ph.D

In pain we trust : A conversation between mother and son on the journey from sickness to health, by Kevin & Vicki Whiting, Ph.D

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In pain we trust : A conversation between mother and son on the journey from sickness to health
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In pain we trust
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A conversation between mother and son on the journey from sickness to health
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by Kevin & Vicki Whiting, Ph.D
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eng
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"It's been an E'ticket ride with Kevin over the last few years..a roller coaster with steep ups and crashing downs, twists and turns and now a screaming decent through the last tunnel out into the sunshine. If you've not ridden the entire ride with us, welcome to the end run. For three years we have been working furiously to figure out and solve on Kevin's rapid weight loss and severe abdominal pain that Kevin named "Burnie". Over time Kevin might put on two or three pounds, then he would have another episode where food would not stay down and pain would become unbearable. Sometimes his intense level of pain would reduce to functional pain so that he could return to school for a few days, but he was so weak from the twenty plus pound weight loss from his already thin frame that he didn't have much strength to carry on. Throughout all of this, keeping food down was difficult for Kevin. And so we returned again to the doctors, the tests, the hospital. And yet no answers were forthcoming, and Kevin's suffering, pain and weight loss continued. With patience and support of his siblings (Phillip and Katie) and friends (and of course his parents, ha!), the belief of his primary doctors and a determined surgeon, a definitive diagnosis that, though scary, had a surgical cure. Kevin was born with a rare intestinal compression, SMA Syndrome, that manifests itself with adolesence in what the doctors refer to as "cascading complications." Food simply could not, at times, make it past a blockage, making Kevin more thin, making the blockage more pronounced. We found a gifted surgeon who rerouted Kevin's intestines away from the blockage and away from his arteries and reconnected them so that food can pass to the rest of Kevin's system. After months of living on a PICC line for sole source nutrition, Kevin, for possibly the first time in his life, had an appetite. Kevin hoped to get strong to return to the soccer field. He had planned to play for his high school team in the spring. Instead, Kevin learned the power of hope, the importance of strength and the necessity of adaptability. Soccer has not yet been an option for Kevin, though he can now eat, and is working with a neurologist to quell the resulting pain in his abdomen. Kevin's social life is demanding, his smile is bright and the future is his to grasp. Dad Jeff, brother Phillip, sister Katie and I all look forward to seeing what the next chapter holds for this remarkably resilient young man." - Author's website http://vickiwhiting.com/our-story/
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collective biography
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UUW
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Whiting, Kevin
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  • illustrations
  • plates
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no index present
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non fiction
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Whiting, Vicki
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  • Whiting, Kevin
  • Whiting, Vicki
  • Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah : 1998- )
  • Pain in adolescence
  • Mothers and sons
  • Communication in medicine
  • Physician and patient
  • Abdominal pain
  • Mesenteric artery
  • Intestines
  • Women college teachers
  • Women college teachers
  • Teenage boys
  • Health care reform
  • Teenage boys
  • Chronic pain
  • Hope
  • Salt Lake City (Utah)
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In pain we trust : A conversation between mother and son on the journey from sickness to health, by Kevin & Vicki Whiting, Ph.D
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23 cm.
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235 p.
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9781933918884
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(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill. (8 leaves of color plates)
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  • (OCoLC)ocn776751627
  • (OCoLC)776751627
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In pain we trust : A conversation between mother and son on the journey from sickness to health, by Kevin & Vicki Whiting, Ph.D
Publication
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
235 p.
Isbn
9781933918884
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill. (8 leaves of color plates)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn776751627
  • (OCoLC)776751627

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