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Update posted by Riza Jane Buarao On Jan 13, 2017

I was searching for articles about Subdural Empyema earlier when I found this link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC35555...

This is somewhat alike with what happened with Raia except for the surgery part. If you're interested to know more about S.E. try reading the article. Thanks.

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Update posted by Riza Jane Buarao On Jan 10, 2017

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Raia's doctor told us earlier that she has a subdural case patient right now, same as Raia's but the medz didn't work, operation didn't as well. She said Raia was very lucky to have escaped the operation and to be clinically improving thru medz. My friend told me that it was not luck though but the works of God. So true. #realtalk

I just want to thank everyone who helped us through this journey. For those of you who helped us pray day and night. For people who helped us financially, for people who helped me physically in the hospital and for those of you who gave me pep talk every now and then, thank you. My family, my friends, classmates, doctors, nurses, acquaintances, and even strangers who helped willingly. Thank you so much. I am so grateful to each and everyone of you. #thankyousomuch

But most of all, I want to thank our Lord God for making me stronger, for healing Raia, for everything He has done despite my shortcomings. Each day is a miracle and each coming day is a blessing to treasure. Let's celebrate life.#thankGod

Update:

I asked her doctor about the impression of the radiologist on the latest CT scan. I told her about the Left Maxillary Sinusitis and examined all the CT scans. She said for the first 'til the 4th CT scan, the cuts didn't show it. For the 5th one, it's showing the left maxillary sinusitis but it's not that serious. She said I can ask the opinion of an EENT if I want but she said she had seen worse. Anyone who knows an EENT specialist?

We'll be going back to PGH after a month for a checkup. Then she'll be giving us a request for an EEG. CT Scan is optional but if there's any findings on the ECG, then yes, she'll be ordering us a CT scan test again. Raia will be continuing the anticonvulsant medz but for the phenobarbital, we will be decreasing the dose every 2 weeks. For Valproic, then that's continuous until the doctor said so.

And of course, the best part of the checkup is that Raia can go back to school. Thank God! She's graduating this year and it will be great if she'll be graduating together with her classmates and friends. The doctor told me though that Raia must not get tired or her seizures will be triggered. I'm praying that there will be no seizures though. Please join me in praying.

I'll be posting the 5th ct scan tomorrow.

Thank you guys!

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Update posted by Riza Jane Buarao On Jan 03, 2017

It's been a busy December and I haven't had any chance of updating you guys, I'm sorry. It was a really busy month and I've been worrying myself too much since we're already outpatient. I was a private duty nurse/mom (without the license) and I've been asking nurses to go at our house to administer the medicine and change her heplock if the line's already out. I didn't know it was hard to really find one who will go to our house because of the changes in their schedule, so I have to bring her to JP Hospital, which is fortunately, very near our place. I remember one time, the schedule of Raia's antibiotics was every 12. 12 am and 12pm. 12 pm it was already out and the nurse who went in our house around 11pm can't find a vein. So we have to go to the hospital and ask a nurse to insert a heplock on her. I really salute the nurses of JP Hospital Pediatrics department for being such an expert on that field. Also, Dave of Emergency dept. They're really good with the heplock thing. Those were the usual things that worry me during last month's journey.

Last December 26, Raia had a CT scan in HealthServe then we got the plates and went to PGH the next day to see Dr. Chua, the nuerosurgeon. She studied the plates and compared it with the last one. She said there was a decrease and she called the primary doctor, Dr. Tan. They decided to stop the antibiotics and observe her for a month. But we're still continuing with the antic-convulsant medicines.

After that, we got the findings for the CT scan by HealthServe and I saw this:

There's no diagnosis that there were left maxillary sinusitis back in PGH. So this coming 5th or 7th of January, I need to ask the doctor if it's possible that there is. Because if there really is, then that will finally explain where she got the abscess from.

Will update you again guys.

Thanks and Happy New Year to all of us!

Have a great 2017!


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Update posted by Riza Jane Buarao On Dec 09, 2016


After 39 days of our battle with Subdural Empyema, we will finally go home today. One of the doctors suggested that we can go OPD as long as there will be a nurse who will inject her medz home via heplock. Medz will be until 8 week still, and then on the 8th week, my daughter will do the CT scan again. Final one, for this year. Then we have to go back to the neurosurgeon and neuro pedia for follow up checkup on the 27th of December and 2nd of January so they can check the CT scan result and inform us of what we'll do next. Primary doctor said that my daughter will no longer need to undergo the operation, thank God! This has been a rollercoaster ride for us but I'm praying for continuous improvement and for the abscess to be cleared. Raia and I want to thank everyone who helped us financially and who prayed for us night and day. Thank you so much. I know God will find a way to bless you. You've been one of our miracles and you've touched our lives in different ways. Pls continue praying for her. We will be praying for you too.

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Update posted by Riza Jane Buarao On Dec 05, 2016

Today, Raia had another CT scan with contrast. The neurosurgeon explained to us that there were decrease in size again so the antibiotics is really working.

But she can't say that we won't have an operation. The abscess on the middle part of the brain is still She said, "Ayokong magsalita ng tapos." But the good thing is the chance of not getting an operation is much bigger than before. She said Raia needs to complete the 8 weeks of antibiotic medication and 2 days before the 8th week mark, we'll have another CT scan to check. The final one... well, I hope, for this year.

3 weeks more. Hoping and praying that the abscess will be cleared by then. Please continue praying.

Thank you.

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