ST. PETERSBURG, FL. - A fifteen-year-old girl in St. Petersburg, Florida has a problem that is taking a toll on her schoolwork and sleep - she's suffering from chronic hiccups.
Jennifer Mee has had hiccups for three weeks and cannot go to school. She's been to doctors at least a dozen times. And the doctor bills are adding up.
She's tried the usual remedies - peanut butter, chugging vinegar and pickle juice, spoonfuls of sugar, holding her breath, chugging cola - nothing has worked. She even tried standing on her head. That didn't work either.
While her situation might seem funny on its face - chronic hiccups can be a serious medical, social, and educational problem.
The hiccups started three weeks ago at school, in science class. She has had to stay home since then.
While the malady is embarrassing, Jennifer is going public for one reason: her family is hoping, begging for someone who sees her story who has had chronic hiccups and found a cure, to contact them.