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Great Questions

January 19, 2010

I  wanted to again thank  you all for reading and posting questions and comments to my blog.  I am so excited to be able to encourage you.  I want any of you to feel free to post my blog to your websites.

A couple of the big questions that everyone is asking is do I have bladder and bowel issues? I have to say that God has blessed me with bladder and bowel control. I have heard that with my level L-4-5  that this is very uncommon.  That is why I say its a blessing from God that I do not have those problems.  With saying all that I am not going to say that I don’t have an occasional problem, yes I do. But you know I have just learned to adapt and when I do have problems, don’t let them get to me. I have had great parents who don’t make a big deal about it, plus my boyfriend does not make a big deal about either. I mentioned this in a previous post.

Also some of you wanted to know if I was shunted? The answer is YES I am. I had my first shunt placed when I was 7 days old. From what I was told I had it for 6 months then had a malfunction but no surgery was needed to fix it.  I had my first shunt revision at the age of 18 years old. Before that I was monitored and was told that I no longer needed the shunt. But like I mentioned at the age of 18 I fell and bumped my head can’t actually remember what happen, I just rememeber 24 hours later I had a terrible headache and started throwing up. We had been in touch with the doctor and they wanted to see me…so off to the neuro we go. Come to find out that fall triggered something with the shunt, so I had to have it revised. I had about close to 1.5 of shunt revisions every 6 was a tough time, especially since I was a senior in HS. I also at one point spent 2.5 weeks in the hospital with a shunt infection.

How has the shunt effected me? Well I have a mild learning disability. I do have problems with auditory input. I have learned over the years how to adapt. This is just something you as parents will have to help your child, figure out how to adapt to their daily lives..I make lots of lists to get me through my day.  My friends know that I can’t remember alot of things more then maybe 3 items at a time, if they are going to give me a list of things to do. I just make sure I have a piece of paper to write things down.

Well that should keep some of you busy reading for now. Please keep the ideas of things that you want to know. I want to make this a place that I can help parents.  Feel free to post my blog to your blog.