Saga concludes: G6PD (Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase deficiency)

July 25th, 2007

Continued from the previous posts. G6PD (Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase deficiency) is, apparently, the most common enzyme deficiency in humans, with an estimated 400 million people worldwide affected. It is most common in Blacks and inhabitants of the Mediterranean region, although Asians are also impacted. It is sometime also called Favism, as many people who have this condition are also allergic to fava beans. Like Sickle Cell Anemia, G6PD conveys a resistance to malaria, which is apparently why it became a genetic trait in the first place. Unlike Sickle Cell Disease, G6PD usually has little impact on health. It can sit in a body for years and show nothing of itself until it is triggered by something. The list of somethings is long, and, for me at least, unexpected: aspirin, mothballs… [more]

More Sick Kid Saga: An answer

July 25th, 2007

Continued from the previous post. By the time I arrived home in the evening, word was starting to come in from doctor friends to whom I'd passed all the info I had and asked for opinions, strategies, and so on. Being that medical care available on this island is limited, it is often necessary for patients to seek treatment abroad ... my cardiologist is in Singapore, for example ... so figuring out how soon T could be well enough to travel had to be a consideration. A look at his chart had told me that his hematocrit count (HTC) and his blood pressure were very low, so I knew he wouldn't be traveling until both had come up considerably. The fact that his urine appeared to be more blood… [more]

Sick Kid Saga: Language issues and swearing at doctors

July 25th, 2007

Continued from the previous post. Although I thought I'd prepared myself, I was shocked when I finally did see T. Looking small and frail in the hospital bed, he was yellow and very weak ... and scared to death. Because his mother didn't understand what was happening, no one had been able to explain anything to him. Well accustomed to my 'take charge' personality, he looked to me to give him a picture of what was happening. Unfortunately, I knew nothing. Preparing to hang a second unit of blood for him, there was a problem with his IV ... a minor blockage that needed flushing, no big deal. Two nurses were in the room at the time and were muttering to each other in Creole about the IV. As happens, he… [more]

A Sick Kid Saga: Or, what I’ve learned about an illness and must share

July 25th, 2007

For anyone who happened to notice that I've not posted a darn thing in a while, my apologies. I've been in the middle of a situation here that required my full attention and most of my energy. Being that I've been dealing with circumstances that could potentially happen in a number of international adoptive families, I'm taking the time today to share the experience and what I've learned so far. As long-time readers know, Mark and I were foster parents before we adopted. Our foster son, T, went back to his mother, then to Thailand, but eventually returned to Seychelles a couple of years ago. We have stayed in close contact all along, and now that T is nine-years-old, he himself takes the lead occasionally in how people that love… [more]

I feel terrible today …

November 21st, 2006
Categories: sick days

I would so love to write a profound, informative or entertaining post today, but that's just not going to happen. Sorry 'bout that. My brain has been stuffed and roasted and is no good for nuttin' this morning, and it's not going to get any better any time soon. First, I have the cold to end all colds ... okay, not, but that's how it feels. My sinuses have been inhabited by a fleet of Volkswagons and my face weighs thousands of pounds. (On the upside, I can make a snorting sound that Sam says is just what a Triceratops would sound like, if they weren't extinct.) Second on my Top 10 Kvetch list: we had SUCH a storm last night! I'm well accustomed to tropical downpours… [more]

Sick kids: don’t you hate it?

July 17th, 2006
Categories: Kid stuff, sick days

What a weekend! And I don't mean that in any gee-whiz-we-sure-had-a-blast kind of way. It was awful. And what can shoot a perfectly good couple of days all to pieces faster than anything? Having a sick kid. Now, I'm well aware that the usual healthy state of my children is a blessing I can never repay and that other families deal with some truly devastating circumstances I don't even want to begin to contemplate. Even more reason, I suppose, that illness makes us a little crazy around here ... we're just not in shape for it. Saturday was rolling along pretty well, with Dad and his boy busy doing all sorts of dad/boy activities outside ... lifting, toting, clearing, sweeping, playing with the dogs, pounding nails into… [more]

A Lesson in Marine Biology and Life

April 25th, 2006
Categories: Kid stuff, sick days

Over on my older parent blog today I've posted about beach time in Seychelles and some innocuous happenings while wallowing. As a balance, and for those who may think all things are rosy, peachy and sunny all the time here, I'm dredging up an old post. This one quakes me to my bones ... now, if you'll excuse me for just a moment, I need to hug my son. Okay. I'm back. This was a personal blog entry for December 04, 2005: From the Australian Museum Fish Site: The Reef Stonefish is the most venomous fish in the world. It has thirteen stout spines in the dorsal fin which can inject a highly toxic venom. The venom causes intense pain and is believed to… [more]

Febrile convulsion

February 11th, 2006
Categories: sick days

The topic of fevers has come up in one of my groups lately. Forever a product of my time, like many Boomers my gut reaction to an elevated temp is to take whatever steps available to get it down as soon as possible. In the early 1970s when my first kids were little, the drill was to reach for the bottle of little orange pills, the baby aspirin, and start dosing with those. Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen are today’s drugs of choice. I have these sent over from the States and keep a good supply. Along with the new drugs comes a new perspective: fevers are good. I understand the concept; it makes total sense, is completely logical and comes from qualified sources I greatly respect. I now have enough information to… [more]