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For Christmas 2010

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Shunt Problems

It wasn't very many days after Nathan's botched hearing test that we started to notice that his shunt was likely having problems.  He began throwing up a lot more. And a lot more violently too.  In addition he was almost perpetually cranky, and his eyes began sunsetting again.

Our weekly meeting with the pediatrician showed that Nathan's head had not grown any since out last appointment, but the soft spot on his head did look a little more bulgy.  So we called the neurosurgeon's office and Dr Riva-Cambrin happened to be out of the office that day.  So we had our next follow-up appointment bumped up a from the first week of March to the the next week, which was the last week of February. 

We were very nervous about Nathan's shunt because we had been told that once you have a shunt revision, the likelihood of future shunt revisions increases dramatically.  So we were hoping that Nathan wouldn't need a revision, but deep down we knew that it was the most likely scenario.

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