Monday, January 7, 2008

Round Table day

Today is the day the docs are supposed to discuss Jade to decide what course of action (if any) we need to take with her. I sat down last night and sent an email to Jade's dietician outlining everything pertinent to what she's going through. I really think if she didn't have the dietician looking out for her, we would be ignored even more. I put a plea in the email for the most knowledgeable neuro (and Jade's original doc) to consider other options. He is the only doc of the three she sees to have the most credentials and experience with difficult kids like Jade.

It frustrates me when we don't have the option of using him every time we go to clinic or to the hospital. The other two docs are great and highly capable, but their not Dr. C!

I have no idea how many days I will have to wait until I hear from someone on their staff. It's not like there are many choices for us to decide from.

So, this morning, I am taking her to see the pediatrician. He's finally back from vacation. Yay! She still has some sort of congestion and I suspect she may possibly have a UTI. Her pee stick showed, and has been showing, large leukocytes and today it came up pink on nitrites. I'll pick his brain about these things. Wish us luck in not having to go to Urgent Care again!

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Our peanut in a nutshell...

Hi everyone! Thanks for visiting my blog. My name is Jade and I am currently 8 years old. I have a big sister and a big brother whom I love very very much.

I have a very rare neurological disorder that isn't even named yet! It is a genetic mutation called CDKL5. It is considered a variant of Rett Syndrome and presently, I am only one of around 600 or so children in the world documented to have this mutation. Each child is unique in that his or her symptoms vary quite a bit. Unfortunately, I am one of those children who is affected much more severely than most of the kids.

Some of the problems I face include:

Reflux (in October 2006, I had surgery to have a Nissen Fundoplication done and to have a gastrostomy tube inserted for feedings). As of March 2012, I have a GJ tube for continuous feeds.

I am hypotonic - I have virtually no muscle tone and I find it difficult to even hold my head up on my own.

I have cortical vision impairment - my brain doesn't process the images it sees. Sometimes I see off to the side, sometimes, my vision is shuttered, sometimes I don't have any vision at all. The doctors and my Mom and Dad don't really know how or what I see because I can't tell them.

I cannot talk nor communicate with gestures.

I cannot walk, nor will I ever walk.

I grind my teeth. So much so, that some loosen during seizures.

I cannot grasp objects or use my hands for the simplest of tasks.

I cannot sit on my own. I can, however, sort of roll over from side to side.

I am choreoathetoid. I cannot control the jerky movements my arms and legs make.

I have life-threatening seizures every day. This is my greatest challenge.

So, now that you have gotten to know me, please feel free to take a stroll around my blog. Some of it you read may seem depressing, horrible, unfathomable, and downright crazy. But, this is my life.

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