OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD 2012

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Staying Busy

Just checking in for a few. Mom's condition is sometimes worse and sometimes better. Thursday she had a lumbar puncture to measure the pressure in the Cerebral Spinal Fluid. The neuro said it was a bit high and he removed a small additional amount. He said that to let him know if there was any improvement in her mental status over the next couple of days.

There was no improvement and the next thing for mom to do is to have a cisternogram, which is a nuclear med exam which involves another lumbar puncture with an injection of a radioactive isotope into her spinal fluid. She will then have several scans over the course of 24 to 48 hours ( maybe longer) to follow the flow of the spinal fluid.

The exam should reveal if there are any blockages or hindrances in the flow and if so she will be eligible for a shunt. The shunt will help equalize the pressure in her cerebral spinal fluid.

The weekend was slightly improved for mom, she was more cognizant and better able to communicate. And I was almost going to call the neuro to cancel the procedure for this week. Then last night, mom was complaining of a loud beeping noise that she thought was coming from her TV. The TV was on mute. It was hard to convince her that the TV was on mute. She finally accepted that the beeping was only in her mind. So, I am moving forward with the scheduled procedure.

 

This weekend was a purge of sorts for me too. With all that is going on with mom, I decided to close my eBay store. I bagged up a great majority of my inventory and donated it. My plate is too full with moms stuff. And my brain needed a break.

4 comments:

Lisa Richardson said...

I've been away from your blog for a while and don't see a date for this post - I hope everything is going okay.

Lisa Richardson said...

I hope the tests reveal something that will help your mom. In the meantime my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Lisa Richardson said...

Hi Jessie,

This post is only a week old. Mom's heath keeps me busy. I don't get a lot of time to post.

Lisa Richardson said...

Thanks, that does mean a lot.

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