Monday, March 19, 2007

Metabolic Test Results are Back!

Happy (be-lated) St. Patrick's Day!

We got a call from the metabolic specialist at CHOC last Friday and Jenelle's lab results are back. Just like we've heard before, everything was normal. The good news is that even with Jenelle being off her bi-Citra supplement for 5 days, her bi-carb levels were normal. The doctor said we could take her off the supplement if we wanted and give him a call should we see any returning symptoms of acidosis. We haven't made a decision on that yet. Sometimes when everything is working, its hard to take something away. The metabolic specialist felt our next best step would be wait for her Rhett Test results (which should be any day now) and then admit Jenelle in a few weeks for an MRI and lumbar puncture to test for the Neurotransmitter disease. Jenelle's last MRI was in early 2004, so it might be a good idea to see what her brain looks like. Jenelle's seizures are very stable right now - it seems the new increased meds are helping.

In other exciting news, Jenelle is really starting to use her hands! Last weekend, Jack and I were out running an errand, and Brett called me on my cell phone. Apparently while he was feeding her, Jenelle "reached" with her arm to pull her formula can closer to her more than once. Brett was really excited to see this, and we've noticed her tolerating her hands on things a lot more. And of course, Jenelle still loves the vacuum. I have the clean floors to prove it too!

Thank you to those of you who have made a donation or signed up for Team Jenelle's Avocados for this year's Freedom Walk. If you haven donated yet, please check it out and pass along the information to your friends and family! Thanks also for the continued prayers and support - I'll keep you posted!


Arlene said...

That's great that she's using her hands more!!
They have to admit her to do the MRI and puncture? Scary :-( My thoughts and prayers are always with you guys!!

Rebecca said...

I will be thinking about you guys as you wait for the results of the Rett test. I hope you find the answers you are looking for with the new tests soon to come.