Saturday, December 22, 2007

Princess Sunni Update

If you are following the developments regarding Princess Sunni and her brain tumor (here, here, here, and here) things took a turn for the worse this past week. Sunni began having problems with balance. Sometimes her feet slipped out from under her. Sometimes she just tipped over sideways onto the floor.

Judi was distressed to the point of tears. "This isn't supposed to be happening this soon!" I pointed out that she only seemed to be having a problem with balance, and maybe it was a simple ear infection. On Thursday Sunni returned to her doctors in Maitland, where she spent the entire day being shuttled between Neurology and Dermatology. At first, the Neurologist said that Sunni showed no symptoms of the tumor returning, and she probably had a detached eardrum and an ear infection. This was good news, but Judi was so emotional at the moment that it made her cry anyway. But then the Dermatologist said there was no detached eardrum, and that there might be a middle ear infection, but the only way to tell for sure would be to extract fluid from her ear or perform a CT scan. Neither of these could be done because Sunni hadn't been fasted.

The upshot is that we really don't know what's going on. Sunni is on steroid ear drops and will return to her doctors next week to have more tests done. In the meantime, her balance problems are worse if anything. The good news is that she isn't having the problem all the time, or even most of the time. It's episodic. And her spirits seem very high. The challenge now is to keep Judi's spirits up.

We sent out holiday cards this year with custom-made stamps that feature a picture of Princess Sunni in her regal attire. If you would like to be added to our holiday card lists, we would be happy to send one to you. If you don't want to leave your address in the comments (and I don't blame you), you can e-mail it to me by clicking here, or using the "Send me an e-mail message!" link on the right, which does the same thing.



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