Posts Tagged ‘diagnosis’

Health worries: K1 and K2

April 25, 2018

of experience she has seen cases that are totally asymptomatic. She has seen an 80 year old patient who was completely unaware that she even had the condition and perfectly ok vision. She has seen children who came at the same age that ours did, are older now with no reported loss so far.

K1 does already have symptoms in that she has poor night vision – we started to notice this even at Age 2. But the doc today said that her central retina looks healthy and that her vision is good. She said that in unfamiliar environments, she will not be able to navigate in dim light. Yesterday’s doc suggested that she always carry a flashlight with her.

Today’s doctor also confirmed that genetic testing may help understand the prognosis (progress timeline) because there are a great many genetic causes for the condition. She also suggested that while there was no indication of need, for our peace of mind we could get an ENT test done as well.

K2’s condition is much more mild, and therefore, less clearly diagnosed, but changes on the retina still evident. Since it is so clear for K1, there is little doubt as to what it may be for him. She did not suggest that K2’s retina is at an “earlier stage” of the same thing or anything like that – basically his retina could become more affected with time or may not change at all. He has had no vision related complaints.

The doc didn’t recommend ERG (Electro Retinogram) for now because it is an uncomfortable procedure (electrodes inside the eyelid among other things) and if the kids don’t cooperate the results will not be accurate. She also didn’t recommend field testing (sitting in a ball and pressing buttons when they see lights flash around them to determine how much loss there may be) because both appear to have no loss in field vision at the moment. So we shall seek out genetic testing for the whole fam to see how much detail we can obtain regarding what genes are causing this and what science may already be or become available us.

The next step is to get them glasses for their nearsightedness (both have astigmatism and power) and come back for evaluation in 6 months. She stressed a balanced diet for them both, but specified that there was no known way to arrest the deterioration or affect the progress of the condition.That being said, we shall read and will likely ensure our diet contains things like Vitamin A palmitate etc. which have some reported success in arresting the deterioration. Also, we have well known Ayurveda centers specifically for the eyes, so we shall go in for a consultation.

If you know ophthalmologists first hand, or have direct experience with this condition, we welcome your inputs.

Two thoughts that are helping us at the moment:
1) Random crap can happen any time but the more notice we have, the better we can respond.
2) We are more than our bodies.

Please hold positive thoughts for both our kids to retain their vision; to remain as asymptomatic as possible, with either no deterioration over their lives or the least & slowest possible.


Get a second opinion unless you are totally happy with the first

October 18, 2006

Brought about by a post from premkudva

KM suffered from a “minor” heart attack at the age of 38,and our cardiologist, though telling us clearly that it was an infarct and not a spasm, told us not to opt for surgery, and that with a change in lifestyle and medication, he would be as right as rain. It is now 20 years (touch wood!) since then. KM runs 7 km a day whenever he can! And I nag at him for his tummy….which has made a reappearance over the years.

But in retrospect, that infarct made us realize that our lifestyles needed changing. My parents both died of cardiac-related problems, and I am regular in my exercise and diet because of that. And we were fortunate in having such an excellent cardiologist.

Last year, another friend felt uneasy and went to one hospital where he was told that he must undergo surgery immediately, without even checking out after the angiogram. Because of the knowledge/info I have picked up, I told them NOT to give in to this pressure without a second opinion. Result: we met another cardiologist who agreed that this was a case for angioplasty (minimally invasive as opposed to the major surgery that a bypass would have involved)…3 days later my friend was back at work and his wife was SO relieved.

So…even if it is a few hours…take another opinion. Of course, each case is different and there are instances when surgery IS the correct option. But…it is important to make an informed decision and not give in to pressure.

I know the anxiety that the spouse and the family go through during these times. If there is a hell on earth, it is this, it is this, it is this…..