Thursday, October 02, 2014
My daughter's paralyzed arm--I wonder...D68?
Hundreds if not thousands have been affected thus far.
They call it non-polio enterovirus D68--it begins with cold/flu symptoms, then can cause a "limp" or as one doctor said, more accurately, a paralyzed arm or leg.
Sometimes this does go away, I heard some "expert" on TV say--the whole thing is most weird.
Some months ago, my 32-yr-old daughter complained of a stiff neck--then she could not lift her left arm above shoulder height.
We gave it plenty of time to resolve--6-8 weeks...She could not fix her hair, get things from a shelf...etc.
I cried my eyes out everyday.
Finally, on her day off from Wendy's, she went to the ER--they called in neurologists (who showed up!), did an MRI etc. They were stumped. They said get on Medicaid then get a nerve test called an EMG--to see which nerves were affected.
I paid cash for her to get an orthopedist consult--they said it was not orthopedic.
She did not qualify for Medicaid--$7.50 an hr is too princely--and now there is a stack of bills...
But--the virus or whatever it was let loose--one day, her arm would lift. She walked in, "By the way, Mom..." She raised her hand all the way up!
So--doctors--could this not affect adults, too. Somehow get through immune systems?
I think there is a chance. Pass it on.