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Hic . . . hic . . . Hooray!

After 37 days of hiccups, St. Petersburg's Jennifer Mee can breathe freely.

By MARY JANE PARK
Published March 1, 2007


As her mother, Rachel Robidoux looks on, Jennifer Mee, 15, is interviewed during the MJ Morning Show at Clear Chanel radio on Thursday morning.

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Jennifer takes the FCAT at home on Thursday alongside Pinellas County Homebound Program teacher Karen Ardis.
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  • The hiccups stopped around 5 p.m. Wednesday.

    Jennifer Mee had a few more spasms, but then she stopped and took her first uninterrupted breaths since first-period science class Jan. 23 at Northeast High School.

    No one is certain why. This week, 15-year-old Jennifer has been to an infectious disease specialist, a neurologist, a chiropractor, a hypnotist and an acupuncturist. She tried a patented device that is designed to stop hiccups. She is taking a couple of new prescriptions along with the Valium  that helps her sleep.

    Early Thursday morning, Jennifer said she hiccuped once. She also felt a little sick. "Right now, my nose is burning and my throat hurts," she said. But she said she felt a lot better than she has in weeks.

    "She's told me: 'Never use that word again,' " said her mother, Rachel Robidoux, who called the St. Petersburg Times two weeks ago to try and find help for Jennifer. "Never say the 'H' word again."

    [Last modified March 1, 2007, 08:11:33]


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