Pencils everyone, pencils.
Where is our pituitary gland?
Interesting bit of history from our Neurosurgeon: way back when….. Dr.'s would taste the urine to diagnose between diabetes millitus: tasting sweet, sugar and diabetes insipidus: lack of taste.
Big round of applause for those dedicated Dr.'s! Another round of applause for new testing methods!
Why did Dawson's pituitary do that?
We still do not know exactly. What we do know is that the stalk of the pituitary gland is thickened, along with a visible bump on it [but remember! it has DEcreased, beu.ti.fully REduced, thank you Jesus]. His pituitary gland also lacks the "bright spot" revealing the lack of hormone (therefore DI).
What does living with DI mean?
It means, we give him a hormone (DDAVP) replacement morning and night. It also means as long as he has DI, he will have an Endocrinologist.
What is an Endocrinologist?
These are our new best friends or better known as:
Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis:
Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is the most common of the histiocytic disorders and occurs when the body accumulates too many immature Langerhans cells, a subset of the larger family of cells known as histiocytes. Langerhans cells are a type of white blood cell that normally help the body fight infection. In LCH, too many Langerhans cells are produced and build up in certain parts of the body where they can form tumors or damage organs.
My definition : Bad. A disease that goes around and does bad things - all over. Treatment is similar to that of cancer patients. Large spectrum tho.
Lymphocytic hypophysitis is a rare inflammatory condition affecting the front portion of the pituitary gland and the pituitary stalk, or the connection between the back of the gland and the brain. ~UCLA Health System
My definition: Naughty but fairly friendly. We do nothing and basically, it's weird inflammation that causes trouble.
Brain Tumor: Germ Cell Tumors (Brain)
Alternate Names: Germinoma, embryonal carcinoma, endodermal sinus tumor, teratoma
These tumors arise from various types of "germ cells" found in the brain. Different types of germ cells give rise to different types of tumors, including germinoma, embryonal carcinoma, endodermal sinus tumor and teratoma. These tumors arise primarily in two locations in the center of the brain, the suprasellar and pineal regions. Germ cell tumors can spread to other areas of the brain and spinal cord.These tumors are very rare, accounting less than 4 percent of all newly diagnosed brain tumors in children. They are commonly diagnosed during adolescence, and boys are affected more often than girls. ~ St. Jude Children Hospital
My definition: Bad. Cancer. Treatable.
These were/are the three possible diagnosis. The reason I say "were" is because the LCH and Germinoma do not typically reduce, on its own. We have not been given the inflammation diagnosis … yet.
One last phrase for you:
What we got last Saturday from OUR Miracle-working, Mountain-moving, Awe-inspiring, Gasp-giving God!