Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The King Has An MRI Today
The king has an MRI today.
Wed 8:43am -- The king has an MRI today. We're at the hospital right now. It's not because of anything serious (we hope). It's been scheduled for a few weeks.
It has to do with his hypothyroidism and his advanced / precocious puberty. (Two things I don't write about much on the FB page / blog).
They want to make sure that he doesn't have a pituitary issue.
The king's done a few MRIs in the past...
But because of his autism and epilepsy they are a lot more complicated than the typical kid.
They need to take about 45 minutes worth of "pictures".
Because he can't stay still for more than 2 minutes he has to go under general anesthesia to get the MRI.
But because he has the VNS device implanted for his seizures and that's based on metals and magnets it's a bit more complicated.
There's only a few hospitals that do MRIs on VNS patients. And even fewer that do MRIs on VNS patients that can't talk and tell them if something feels weird.
So we are at a big hospital in Manhattan.
And they turn off the VNS device during the MRI and they use a special MRI machine.
I just left him. I was in the room with him when the administered the first dose of anesthesia via a mask over his mouth.
I've always played this part during previous anesthesia times since wifey doesn't want to see it...
He always surprises us and does great in hospital settings!
Today, so far he's done great. He's strong and fought the mask a bit, and held his breath a bit...but I recited one of his fav books "chicka chicka boom boom" over and over and that calmed him down until he fell into an immediate deep sleep in my arms.
Now we have to wait an hour until they call us in.
While he's in recovery, but still asleep they are gonna bring an xray machine up and get a pic of one of his wrists to get a bone age test done to see how advanced his puberty really is.
We've been told he's in stage 4 puberty...4 out of 5 stages. He's 11 but docs have estimated that he's got the development of a 14-15 year old.
Many typical kids take meds to slow the puberty down.
But if the results of the MRI show & X-ray no scary reason for his advanced puberty we are just gonna leave it alone.
When asked what's the worst that can happen, docs talk about emotional problems with kids going thru puberty before their peers... Kyle wouldn't have that problem.
The only other problem is that he might end up being short. When you go thru puberty quickly you stop growing earlier.
He's already 5' 1" maybe a kid like Kyle being short adult isn't the worst thing in the world...especially for me & wifey as he gets older and stronger.
Anyway we are in the waiting room now waiting for the call that he is done.
Please send positive vibes.
© 2011-2016 Autism Daddy / Frank Campagna. All Rights Reserved
Autism Daddy Blog by Autism Daddy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.