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Monday, August 25, 2008

Neuro update

This post won't be very entertaining, as I'm not feeling very good today, and I don't have the energy to be humerous. Hopefully it will at least be informative.

Today Todd saw the neurologist for a follow up to his hospitalization. He saw Dr. Choucair at IMC, who evaluated his vision, asked about his behavior, and made sure that Todd's care was being followed by all the right people. I'm glad we went, because he was able to straighten up some appointments that were redundant, and scheduled an appointment that we didn't even know that we were supposed to have.

He wants to see Todd in three months to do another MRA to look at the blood vesles in Todd's brain to see how the vertebral disection has healed. They expect that in a person of Todd's age that it will heal normally and not have any future issues.

He explained that the cerebelum controls the motor movement, and that damage there can make a person clumsy, overshoot the target, and lose balance. Damage to the thalmus can cause "phantom pain" where people can't really explain the pain. This is exactly what Todd is experiencing, however, he is vastly improved even from when he left the hospital. As the doctor checked his eyes there was almost no jerkiness in his eye movement, no nistagmus (jerking of the eye when held to the far right or left) and he managed to look down better than ever before, though in that he was more jerky, and said it hurt.

Tomorrow we go to the marathon appointment, with the neuro optical department. We've cancled the neurologist tomorrow after noon (one of those redundancies) so hopefully it won't be quite so horrible.


Anonymous said...

Amy, thank you for taking the time, in your insane schedule, to make that matter of fact and informative update.

I am sure that I speak for many of us who are out here, praying (and worrying yet, a bit) when I say that while be appreciate your bits of lightheartedness as you deal with all of the things you are juggling right now, we understand that even making simple factual updates takes time and energy, both of which are in short supply.

Thanks for keeping us in the loop.

Barbara said...

Thanks for keeping us updated. We do check this daily for any new news so that we don't have to continually bug you to tell us what you have already told scores of others but we do want to know what is happening. We so glad for any and all progress. We love you, Amy, Tood, and Oliver.