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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Our Neurosurgeon Report from Today

Today we had a neurosurgeon appointment down at Cardon Children's Hospital with Dr. Moss.  We reviewed Ramya's MRI scan from 6 months ago (endocrinology wanted a sedated MRI due to her early puberty, so we had Dr. Moss send in orders for a full spina MRI so that we could coordinate, even though we didn't need the MRI quite yet.  It's always nice to have one instead of two!!).  Ramya's spine is tethered, as we would expect since she has had spinal surgery, but because she is not symptomatic we are not looking at doing surgery to release it.  She has a Chiari II malformation as well, as we expected, but fluid is able to flow around it (her brain stem ;)), and she doesn't have any chiari symptoms, so we are not going to do anything in that area either.  Her pituitary gland looks like something is putting pressure on it, but she does not have any cysts and the fluid levels in her ventricles look good, so he's not quite sure why.  It may be the reason she started going in to early puberty, but there is really no way to know.  So basically, lots of things we expected and nothing that we didn't, no need for surgery, and we don't need another appointment for a year, so I count that as a win!  Yeah!

After the neurosurgeon we grabbed a quick lunch at Chipotle and headed over to our naturopathic doctor, Dr. Vitaro, to discuss the results of some blood tests I had done.  I have a family history of thyroid problems and we felt it was a good idea just to keep an eye on my thyroid.  My overall thyroid level looks good, but when you break it down, I do have an area that is below the "normal" range.  I'm going to start taking a natural thyroid supplement to try and keep my thyroid healthy, as well as hopefully boost up my numbers.  He also tested me for any possible underlying autoimmune disorders, since that can effect the thyroid.  Everything came back negative, so I have nothing underlying going on, which is great!  My only real thyroid symptom is that losing weight takes a lot (I mean lot!) of work for me.  Part of that is the fact that I've had kids, part of that is the fact that I was addicted to graham crackers and milk when I was pregnant with Madi, part of it is the fact that I like food, then of course there's the fact that I'm 32 and my metabolism is slowing down.  Oh, then there is that whole working out thing, and the fact that I haven't consistently worked out in a long time.  All of those combined makes it tough!  I've been eating really, really well the past few months (very little fruit (I actually had none the first month, but now have a piece a day), only quinoa and millet for occasional grains, lean organic meats, and lots and lots of veggies and some nuts... I've basically been following the candida diet), and have lost a little weight, but am having a hard time getting below my current weight.  I've been hovering around this number for quite a while.  I just started yoga and I am hoping that will help.  I'm starting to feel healthier, which is my goal, and for that, I am thankful!

On a totally unrelated topic, next week is Madi's last week of preschool.  The following week is actually the last week, but we will be in Boston getting a second opinion on surgery, so next week is her last week.  The teacher is letting me come in next Friday to do a few fun things with the kids to celebrate.  I can't believe the school year is almost over for her.  Next year she will officially be a homeschooling kindergartener!  I can't wait!!

Please be praying for our upcoming trip to Boston.  We are praying that we get answers on HOW to proceed with Madi's detethering surgery.  Thank you for your love and prayers!


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