|Artist: Edward Siebold (1829)|
I finally had that gynecological procedure I've been mentioning on and off for one and half years. I'll leave it at that to avoid TMI.
The crux of it is I can't lift for a while, can't even turn C. over while she's in bed, have been awfully weak and have even had a low grade fever for the past few days. Today was the first day of semi normality, thank heavens.
So parents of children like C.: Beware! All that lifting and carrying isn't only dangerous for your back. Your pelvic organs could be victims too. Nobody ever shared that secret with me until surgery was my only option.
Our Australian darling of a caregiver has left us to resume the life of a recent university graduate in her late twenties with a boyfriend from these parts. We wish her much happiness but already miss her terribly.
Her replacement as a carer for C., a kind, experienced woman of 53, is stressing me out despite her good intentions. There seems to be a communication gap since English is her second language and we don't speak a word of her first. She also seems eager to take charge even when I'm around -- but is caring and sensitive towards C. so we'll just need to iron out the kinks.
Enough grumbling. We would never manage without her.
This week she and the Hubby brought C. to the gastro guy who specializes in liver diseases and who gave us some good news. "The first good news we've had about C. in twenty years" as the Hubby put it.
For starters, the gastro's report states that the "probable diagnosis" for her liver is Valproic Acid-Induced Liver Injury, although elsewhere he qualifies that by writing Valproic Acid is, in his view, the "DD (=Differential Diagnosis) with a fair suspicion of Autoimmune or Idiopathic".
So, a warning for any of you with kids on Valproic Acid: Be scrupulous about follow-ups and insist that the neurologist address any anomalies in blood test results. Also insist on tests for Ascites (there's an ultrasound to confirm and quantify that symptom) and any other fluid retention. Our neurologist had been dismissive of blood results that were red flags for our pediatrician. And she (the neurologist) never bothered to ask us about fluid retention, let alone examine C. for signs of it.
I would question one point that the gastro made in his report: "C. commenced a low salt diet and Aldectone 50 and Fusid 50 with excellent results". That's inaccurate in two ways:
- One, C. already was, and always has been, on a very-low-salt diet when her liver problems were first noticed.
- Second, the results of all that Aldectone and Fusid (both forms of diuretic) were not as he described them. Unless you call rendering C. gaunt, seriously dehydrated and requiring IV fluids in the ER "excellent results".
We did that, and she expressed surprise at the gastro's advice because this drug is known to pose liver risk. That, along with the info my daughter in law the clinical pharmacologist gave us, that Baclofen can exacerbate seizures - has left us in a quandary.
If any of you have ever given your children Baclofen, I'd appreciate hearing what results you saw.