Guys i need your help.
Few months ago while my husband was still getting his chemoradiation, i had another bout of anxiety and shock. It was the day when my at that time 14 year old yelled for me from the restroom to go and check on something. When i went to the restroom, she looked scared and confused and was pointing at the toilet. When i looked down in the toilet i saw clouds of blood all around her poop. Red but not very dark. My heart dropped to my feet. Since my husband was diagnosed, blood in the poop is probably my worst fear and nightmare. It was the first symptom he was having.
My daughter later admitted that her and her sister ate a big bag of Flaming Hot Cheetos the day before and that she was having stomach discomfort after it. And of course as always, the first thing I did is I turned to Google. Was able to find several websites about hot cheetos causing coloration in the toilet mimicking blood and how it sent worried parents and kids to ER only to find out that the color is caused by the chips, etc etc. I honestly didn't buy into that. I even ate a bag of hot cheetos to see if the same thing can happen to me but nothing happened.
So of course, even more terrified, I called her doctor in a panic and asked him to refer us to GI Asap, and because he already knew about my husband's disease, he submitted an authorization request to my Insurance without needing us to go see him first. We were able to see the GI the following week. I explained the GI our family history of CRC. He took an anal culture with a swab and did an instant test on a test strip which showed negative for blood. He then sent us for blood work to check her iron levels, 3 day stool test to detect blood. All came back negative. He told me to rest assured, my daughter doesn't have anything as her tests all came negative, especially my husband's blood genetic test results did not indicate any genetic/inherited mutations. Though he mentioned that because her father was diagnosed with CRC at the age of 49 , she will need to have a colonoscopy 10 years earlier.
I was a little releived for a while, but lately my daughter started complaining about chronic fatigue, is having cold hands and feet, having abdominal pain, burps a lot and is complaining of some indigestion. If these were happening as of last year, the fear of CRC would have been the last thing in my mind. But because we are where we are now, i can't stop thinking about it.
I recently had a long conversation with her GI doctor on the phone discussing all her symptoms, my husband's genetic tests and all the possible screenings my daughter can get.
And although he doesnt think my daughter is at risk for CRC and those symptoms are not representing CRC, he agreed to do upper and lower endoscopy. (He Probably thinks i am crazy and he better do it just to get over with me)
Please tell me if i am overreacting. Am I being ridiculous? Should I push for colonoscopy instead? At the same time I am afraid my girl is too young for colonoscopy. Is 15 too young for colonoscopy? How early is too early?
I must admit, i often overreact about little things related to my kids especially health, and i am afraid this might be one of those times and that I am putting my daughter through unnecessary sedation and colonoscopy without any real cause for it.
Last edited by Nohogirl
on Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:45 am, edited 1 time in total.
04/18 DH 49 diag.stage 2A T3N0M0 rectal cancer moderately differentiated.
05/18 chemorad. (Xeloda) 28 days
08/18 Surgery- 24 cm including entire rectum out
Stage II T2N0M0 moderate to poorly diff. adenocarcinoma
0 of 15 lymph nodes
Regression Grade 3
10/29 Started Folfox