We have been waiting for quite some time to see a neurologist to discuss our concerns with Elizabeth's difficulty with walking. Her original diagnosis of Spastic Diplegia has been questioned as she does not show the signs of tightness that was originally thought. The neurologist we met also agreed that Elizabeth is not spastic or showing low tone as was also questioned before. He feels that Elizabeth sustained an injury to her cerebellum or basal ganglia either from hypoxia or a genetic condition. These injuries often manifest in difficulty with balance, attention difficulties, problems with cognitive-visual skills, articulation problems and difficulty with swallowing.
I almost fell off the chair when he mentioned swallowing difficulties, Elizabeth still has a lot of difficulty with eating and has a huge choking spell once a week. She continues to have difficulty with thin liquids and cannot be left unattended while eating or drinking.
The neurologist will be arranging an MRI to hopefully give us some answers to our questions. I felt quite comfortable with this doctor and didn't have to fight to the normal response of 'do you really need to know why?'. For once I left a doctors office not feeling defeated and without answers.
Elizabeth was such a good girl for the Doctor and was very cooperative with all of his testing.