Yes, it’s been a while since I’ve done an update. A lot has happened in that time frame as well. There is much to update! I will do my best to get those posted over the next few weeks. Thank you for your patience!
Let’s begin with where we left off; Patrick was going in for some tests and being admitted with the understanding that some procedures were going to be done.
For the sake of trying to get caught up on everything in a short time span, I will just be updating as an overview of what happened.
Patrick did end up having the upper end of one of his shunts replaced as it was blocked. During the course of this surgery, another issue came about, in that when trying to put the bottom ends of his shunts back in his abdominal cavity, they had a difficult time on one side due to so much scar tissue on the inside of his abdomen. When they finally thought they found a spot, a huge gush of fluid came pouring out! There were able to catch most of it (enough to almost fill a coke can we’re told) and send it off to the lab for testing. A nearby general surgeon was brought over to see if he would take a look inside Patrick’s abdomen to see if he could see where this fluid came from and if there was more anywhere. He brought all his equipment, scopes etc over to Patrick’s OR room and did an exploratory basically. He found nothing that might explain about this fluid. He did locate and area that they could safely and easily re-insert his shunt and all was closed up and finished.
Patrick also did have a g-tube put in. He had to have a ‘temporary’ tube in for the first 3 months till it healed, then was replaced with a ‘mickey’ which is replaced every 3-4 months now. What a huge difference to his quality of life. He’s been able to get his nutrition without it causing him to be any more tired than he already had been. He has adapted well to it and asks to be hooked now. What a trooper!
After a few weeks in hospital and getting used to the tube feeds and learning about it all, Patrick was able to go home in February, with a number of follow up appts.
Follow ups included:
Neurosurgery – usual follow up after surgery and admission
Nephrology – usual follow up for blood pressure and blood work to keep an eye on kidney function and potassium levels
Enteralfeeding – follow up for g-tube and any feeding issues
Dietition – make sure recipe for feeds was working for him, getting him all he needs to have and making sure it was balanced enough to as not to cause increases in his potassium etc…
Neurology – follow up for the seizure medication Patrick is on and how it’s working. Since this time, we have been currently decreasing it and he is almost completely off it now!
A consult with Toronto Doctors at Sick Kids Hospital was put in as well with their plastics team for their thoughts on another cranial vault expansion . That appointment was for Oct. 10th, 2012. (update later)
Over the course of the next few months with follow ups and blood work it was discovered Patrick’s blood sugars were dropping within 2hrs of a feed. They should go up. So endocrinology was brought in as well for follow up appts and blood work.
Well, there is a start…more to come…
Thanks for your patience and everyone’s support and love for Patrick and our family!! We truly are blessed to have so many wonderful people in our lives.