Monday, April 23, 2007

Stuff Happens

Some disturbances in the homeostasis of the Chance household have taken place the past few weeks. Paige, our daughter, has been diagnosed with Celiac Disease. This is an autoimmune disorder which occurs when she eats Gluten containing or wheat products. Her pediatrician was worried because she was in the second percentile for size and her bone age indicated she was 8 years old rather than 10. Further work up found serum anti-tissue transglutaminase(t-IgA ) to be positive

Celiac Disease is a condition of the small intestine which causes the bodies own immune system to attack the lining of the small bowel resulting in decreased absorption of nutrients and other gastrointestinal symptoms. She recently underwent endoscopy and biopsy of her intestine to confirm the lab result. Meanwhile, Dana has been exploring all gluten free alternative meals. The family has embarked on a Gluten free diet. I guess it’s gluten free spaghetti from now on.

Braden, our son, is amblyopic in his right eye. He has been wearing glasses and a patch to try to correct the problem for a few years but favorable results were not occurring despite his excellent compliance. His pediatric ophthalmologist found that he has a congenital cataract in his right eye. Improvements won’t occur until the cataract is fixed. Braden just had his surgery to remove the old lens and place a new artificial lens in its place.

It is heart breaking when your children have health problems like this. Thankfully, they are not life threatening. Anyway it adds a little stress to the everyday life we all have.

Our dog Spike , a miniature pincher whom we have had for over 15 years had to be put to sleep yesterday. He had congestive heart failure and despite all medical efforts to take care of his problem, fluid continued to develop in his pericardial sac. He has been Dana’s dog even before I met Dana. It was very sad to see him go and there will always be a void in our household without him around.

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