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For Christmas 2010

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Here We Go Again...

Only a couple of weeks after being discharged, we were at our weekly appointment with the pediatrician when he noticed a squishy bulge behind Nathan's right ear, right where the new shunt passed.  Dr. Cornish suspected that the shunt was again malfunctioning.  So he made a call up to the neurosurgery department to confer and consult. 

They recommended that we schedule an appointment for the following Wednesday when Dr. Riva-Cambrin would be in clinic, but to call and schedule an appointment with another neurosurgeon if we weren't going to be able to make it that long.

I don't know that it's possible to put into words the devastation and disappointment we felt at ANOTHER shunt failure.  We had so much hope that this one was going to work.  This one was SUPPOSED to work.  All the other options available to us were bad, worse, worser, and worst. 

And Nathan had been doing so well developmentally.  Probably the best he'd ever done out of the hospital.

So what were we going to do now? 

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