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My Brother Has Adult Chronic Leukemia What Should I Tell Him
Mostly curable: There are two main types of lymphoma, hodgkins and non hodgkins. Most of them are highly curable and treatment mostly consists of chemotherapy and radiation. The exact prognosis depends on the stage, the pathology and size of lymphoma. For most cases we can be optimistic about outcome. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chronic condition: Narcolepsy is a chronic medical condition caused by the loss of a chemical in the brain (orexin/hypocretin). The symptoms include excessive daytime sleepiness, vivid dreams, sleep paralysis, and sometimes the brief loss of muscle tone (cataplexy). A sleep study can make the diagnosis. See your doctor if concerned as there are treatments. www.wakeupnarcolepsy.org is a good source of information. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See a urolgist: You should have your brother get further evaluated by a urologist and/or an oncologist to determine the best course of treatment. Early cancers can be removed surgically. More advanced cancers can be treated with medications. Some types of kidney cancer are very slow growing and may be tracked by ct scans rather than be treated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should get better: Unless your brother has some form of immune deficiency he should get quite better with appropriate treatment. Any form of infection can produce some damages to tissues which may then increases susceptibility to other infections, but this is not necessarily going to occur. ...Read more
Only you know best: Sickle cell (ss) disease is going to be something you and your family will be dealing with for a very long time. Only you can judge when your child is ready to understand about his disease. 2 books that might help are "sickle a cell disease: a mother's perspective" (lipscomb) and "taking my medicine" (egypt harvey). ...Read more
Kids' favorite aunt came to visit. Told me she has cushing disease. What should I tell my children?
Rarley hereditary.: Usually due to a small mass in the pituitary gland in the brain that screats high level of special hormone that increase the production of cortisol from the adrenal glands. It cause multiple problems it increase weight , blood glucose , blood pressure causes osteoporosis. It is rarely hereditary and should not worry the kids that they may get it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What can I do if my son is a 16-year old boy wants to donate one of his kidneys to his friend who is suffering from esrd (end stage renal disorder)?
An infection: Pinworms are a parasitic infection caused by ingesting (eating) the eggs of the pinworm. If one doesn't wash his or her hands after touching a contaminated surface or item then he/she can get pinworms. The symptoms include anal itching. The treatment is to take one chewable pill and wash all bedding in hot water. It is wise to treat the entire family (at least the children). Treat again in 10 days. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
He will be fine: If he is getting medical care. Most persons with "breakbone fever", aka dengue fever are not at risk, but just feel miserable with fever and deep aching pain. However a subset (interestingly, those who have had dengue before) can get really sick with vasccular leak and even overt bleeding. These patients need a hospital with IV fluids, blood transfusions, and medical expertise. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Kids' favorite aunt came to visit. Told me she has cholesteatoma. What should I tell my children?
Brain tumor: Tell him that you are completely there for him no matter what happens. Then help him obtain as much information about brain tumors, the different types, the different treatments and outcomes, as you can. Since you are clearly good at using the internet, you should be able to get all the information you need there. This will enable him to have informed conversations with his doctors about treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My father has been diagnosed with prediabetes.He is 47 years old.I need a doctor to explain what precautions my father should take.And what it is exac?
Prediabetic diet.: The diet for prediabetes includes fiber (35 grams daily for females, 50 grams for men). Smaller more frequent meals is the rule as well. Eat five or six times daily, dividing the fiber amongst the meals evenly. Low fat, low cholesterol, rich in fruits and vegetables and lean protein sources. Supplementing cinnamon and chromium could help control the bloody sugars, too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The truth: Just tell the kids that their aunt froze her [fingers, toes, nose, etc]. There's not really any reason to tell them anything else. Is she missing some fingers or something? ...Read more
My 7 years old son has an eye problem, he has -0.75, how can I take care of him, what vitamins should I give him?
You need a message: I think for most parents in this situation, explaining the entire situation to everyone is too much--emotionally wrenching, time consuming--and you have to deal with everyone else's reactions. Decide on a simple message to tell people you know who aren't in the inner circle, like: "he/she has leukemia and is doing well with treatment. Thanks for asking". ...Read more
Simple/positive: For the young child short simple words with repitition over time will communicate the basics. Young kids face some additional needs that can be addressed over time: they did not do or say or wish anything that made mommy sick. There will always be someone making sure she has meals to eat & places to play & sleep if mommy is away trying to get better. Let her ask when ready but repeat often. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Control BP: Cerebellar hemorrhage may result in permanent deficits but often also may not. The most frequent cause is uncontrolled hypertension. If your dad is doing ok after the initial event, i would recomend he get his BP under control and maintain other cardiotonic therapies such as diet exercize statins as appropriate ...Read more
My 13 year old son talks a lot about having kids. He says he wants them asap. What can I do as a parent to tell him to wait for children?
Teen wants kids: I would not be too worried about what a 13 year old says about having kids. There is a lot of growing up that still has to occur ! However, if you want to teach him what is required to be a parent let him see what is required. Let him see the sacrifices necessary to be the parent of a child. He may slow down the clock when he sees his needs come second. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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