The Florida teenager whose chronic hiccups disappeared just as mysteriously as they began five weeks ago plans to go back to school and get on with her life, but worries that the spasms could return.
"I'm not going to have a meltdown, but hopefully they won't start again. If they start again, I'll be like, oh my God," Jennifer Mee, 15, said during a live appearance Friday on TODAY.
Mee's story, which began Jan. 23 when she awoke to discover that she was hiccuping 50 times a minute, touched a nerve with TODAY viewers when she first traveled to New York Feb. 16 in search of a cure.
Sifting through thousands of e-mails with suggestions for home remedies, Mee and her very concerned mother were willing to try just about anything to put an end to the uncontrolled spasms that were affecting Jennifer's quality of life, causing her pain and sleepless nights, and added stress to the family's St. Petersburg home.
Mee tried eating mustard, drinking vinegar, eating peanut butter and other home remedies and medications. Nothing worked until Wednesday, when her hiccups suddenly decreased to just a few each day.
"It's a relief," a smiling Mee told TODAY host Matt Lauer.
She told Lauer that she thinks a combination of cures helped her.
"I don't know how they stopped. I do know I had multiple things I did that day with acupuncture, chiropractor, hypnotism and a Hic-Cup," Jennifer said, referring to a special drinking cup that supposedly directs stimulation to a nerve in the throat that triggers the hiccup reflex.
Jennifer's mother, Rachel Robidoux, said she is happy that the condition went away and she hopes it never comes back.
"It was very, very hard, especially when she was in pain and crying," Robidoux said.
Because her hiccups have stopped, Jennifer will need a new nickname. They can't call her Hiccup Girl anymore.
— John Springer, contributor for TODAY