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   Posted 1/29/2008 3:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Beth had MRI today.Her heart held up well, although it did take 90 minutes for her to come round from anaethetic.The docs said that MRI is so abnormal that it may take 3 weeks before we get results.He did say that there is a lot of damage and scar tissue and he asked me if she was blind.She has a little eyesight, but docs couldn't believe that she even had this due to danage at back of brain.I think he said that back of brain looked inverted(i stress i think this is word he used)He also said that he believes that they may want to inserta shunt.There must be fluid or pressure evident if he is saying that.I wish i could go back and ask so many questions but i was just concentrating on listening to evrything he was saying.Sometimes doctors give you information too quick for us to question them.He said that there is no sign of any tumours, so that is good news.
          So she battles on as always with a smile on her face even though things are so tough right now.
          Thank you all for your support and prayers, they mean so much to me and my family.
                                     keep the faith 

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   Posted 1/29/2008 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Marty for the update. I'll send some extra happy thoughts your way! What a strong little girl you have!!!
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   Posted 1/29/2008 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the update, I am always thinking of you and Beth. You have one strong little girl there. I will send extra hugs your way.

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   Posted 1/29/2008 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
It is amazing what children can handle and still have a smile for you. Best of luck to you and Beth.

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   Posted 1/29/2008 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Your little Bethyboo is such a strong girl. It's good about the lack of tumors. I will send many prayers to all you over there in Ireland.
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   Posted 1/29/2008 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Visualizing positive things for you and Beth
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   Posted 1/29/2008 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Marty - I know a 19 year old woman with a shunt to drain the back of her brain. She has had many surgeries, and some tough times, but on the whole she is doing really well. I actually met her when she was a college freshman at UNC-Chapel Hill, my point being she leads a high-quality life and has learned how to monitor herself for fluid in the brain. While I am not familiar with the specifics of your daughter's situation, I wanted to let you know that people can have shunts in their brains and still lead very complete lives. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts.
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   Posted 1/29/2008 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Marty; just wanted you to know how much you and your family are in my thoughts. Give that Bethyboo a big hug and kiss for me. She's an angel.

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   Posted 1/29/2008 9:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the update Marty...I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

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   Posted 1/30/2008 4:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Marty...Beth is one amazing little girl for all she's been going through (she is blessed with the family she has).

What a relief that there are no tumours.

I hope the shunt insertion goes well....another possible reason to have it done could be to relieve pressure in a certain area caused by scar tissue.

I'm sure that you can get a copy of the report from the doctor.

Positive thoughts sent your way!
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   Posted 1/30/2008 6:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the update, Marty, sending you a hug for you and your family.
Dx:  UC Proctitis 2006
Meds:  None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence.
Diet:  Regular fresh garlic, Biobest yogurt daily, Omega 3 supplements, very limited junk food, carbs and processed food, low fat diet.  Lots of fresh fruit and veggies (limited potatoes). 
Added: tumeric and probiotics.

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