Friday, July 18, 2008

They Now Know What's Causing Mom's Illness!

Finally, a test has come up positive. Mom has Human Herpes Virus Type 6. It usually attacks children under the age of 3 and is mild, affecting the skin only, going away on its own after a while. However, when it attacks adults, it can be much more serious, often infecting the brain, which is what has happened to her.

Mom is being moved as we speak to the bigger hospital in Reggio Emilia, where they have a topnotch communicable disease division and they'll be able to take better care of her.

Mom didn't have a fever or any of the symptoms she has now when she entered the hospital. All this happened after about a week. We don't know if the virus had been dormant in her and woke up after she was in the hospital or she got the virus in the hospital. The research we have done this afternoon after we found out tells us that this virus an lay dormant for months in the body, so it's likely she already had it before she went into the hospital. Either way, I'm glad that at least we have a probable cause!

We hope to know more soon and will keep you posted here.

3 comments:

Katya said...

Woo Hoo! A diagnosis at last! I would do a little jig... but I am too tired today. Have you watched the Avatar episodes yet??

Joe Ganci said...

No, and I'm going crazy! I'm still in Italy with mom and I've tried accessing Avatar episodes on line but they all want me to install stuff and I'm not willing to compromise my system. I may have to wait until i get home. I've tried the Nickelodeon site but it doesn't work for me. I've tried iTunes to see if I could purchase the episodes but iTunes won't load at all! It says it can't find the iTunes folder in My Music folder. I even reinstalled iTunes entirely. Aaarrrggghhhh!

Katya, I hope they cure you soon. You've got too much to give to not have all the energy you need. Kisses.

Ang said...

Joe,
I'm so glad they have put their fingers on something right now and you have a start for them to go forward..Continue to advocate as you have for your mother. Much love to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers
a friend from the RS clubhouse