Now is definitely the moment to bring this entire web of medical information together into one place. I probably should have done this years ago, but hey…better now than never. 🙂
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Date: September 25, 2012, 12:27:19 AM PDT
Subject: David’s doctor at the N.I.H.: Dr. Eric Hanson
Whenever you get a chance, if you could just email David’s doctor your family history. I told him it was pretty unremarkable, but any details you have, even if it seems minor, could maybe help guide him when he studies David’s DNA.
Dr. Eric Hanson
There is still so much to learn about DNA, any information might help them figure out what his good genes are (that he got from you), versus some of his bad genes from me.
If you want, you can send me a copy of the email so the next time someone asks me your family history, you don’t have to do this again. Whatever is easier for you.
The conversation was very interesting. It turns out David’s slight ADHD can also be related to the mutation he has. David’s problems running for a long time and things like that might also related, because David’s joints are a little more mobile than normal (which no one has ever observed before), which causes more pain than normal. Dr. Hanson also thought it was very interesting that David tested through the roof on math and language arts, but just at grade level for reading comprehension. David’s delayed fine motor skills were also of interest to him.
This doctor really cares about David, and is going to be an advocate for him long after I’m gone. Dr. Hanson will work with you and help you over the years as you navigate David’s healthcare, whether it is here or in Canada.
Hopefully, we can solve this so David can go on and live a long and healthy normal life…