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nanowrimo 2010


Diary of a Blind Madman

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Health problems for the whole family

         Life is less than wonderful these days. Finances are in the toilet and Sis & I are both having health problems. I keep having chest pains. I don't think they are heart issues, as taking a nitro pill does nothing. I believe that I may have cracked a rib when I fell forward in my last seizure, or while pounding my chest on the ground. I don't think I'll go through all the x-rays and binding of ribs unless I get some indication of a problem. I will see the cardiologist though.

         Sis is going to need brain surgery. Her condition is called Arnold-chiari syndrome. In the picture the wedge-shaped portions highlighted by a lighter circle are the tonsillar lobes of the brain. They are closely related to the cerebellum. When these lobes descend toward the brain stem and spinal column, they cause pressure that affects balance and coordination. They also cause a variety of pains.

         As regards treatment, once symptomatic onset occurs, a common treatment is decompression surgery, in which a neurosurgeon usually removes the lamina of the first and sometimes the second or even third cervical vertebrae and part of the occipital bone of the skull to relieve pressure. The flow of spinal fluid may be accompanied by a shunt. Since this surgery usually involves the opening of the dura mater and the expansion of the space beneath, a dural graft is usually applied to cover the expanded posterior fossa.

         The preceding is cadged whole-cloth from wikipedia. As is the prognosis: types I (almost certainly Sis's condition) and II are generally adult-onset variations and, while not curable, are treatable and non-fatal.

         I hate to think of Sis under the knife for this. I had surgery on my skull a few years ago, and while I was upset by it, it was not of the same order (fibrous dysplasia). Sis has held up quite well so far, but her nerves are beginning to fray. All I can really do is remain light-hearted and optimistic and just "be there" for her.

         All that aside, the rest of my life is uneventful. I'm spending my time worrying about how to finance the surgery, which is at least constructive worry.

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*sigh* I'm sorry this is going on and I'm worried for both of you. Please let me know when she is scheduled. And PLEASE get to the cardiologist asap.

This is quite an astonishing result, especially for those taking medicine without the prescription of doctors. Many a times, the combination of two medicines can also cause some harmful effect on the health. Many people used to take inderal and paxil together. This sometimes has caused great heart problems. From the article you provided, I was quite shocked knowing that mere pain killer can be a carrier of so severe problems. Actually, because of the advancements in the technology in medicine, it has become quite necessary for us to consult a doctor. I have been doing so as I am having the facility for that. I can contact the doctor any time 365 days, because of the prevention plus plan(www.elitehealth.com/prevention_plus_health_plan.php) of Elite Health (www.elitehealth.com). They certainly help me taking a complete health care. Such wellness programs also help maintain your health by a constant monitoring of your dietary habits also.

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