Thursday, 12 April 2012
Not too much gets me down for too long. My mother in law just informed me she h found out that her grandmother died from Huntington's disease. So this would be the boys maternal great grandmother. Apparently, there is a 50/50 chance for any child to have the disease or to pass it on. To my knowledge my mother in law is fine.
Huntington's disease scares me more then autism, bipolar, open heart surgery, pacemakers, diabetes & factor 5 combined. While the others are scary enough, they are manageable. It's not easy.. but you can deal with them and survive. Huntinton's, there is no cure, no medicine, notechnology and there is a rapid decline. Starting around the age of 40, and rarely do the sufferers of HD last more then 15 yrs after they start displaying symptoms. 6% have juvenile HD.
So of course, I had to see if there was a link between autism & Huntington's disease. It looks like they are studying this currently. Apparently normal developing children who regress into autism have an increased chances in having Huntington's Disease as well. Which makes me question doctors. They say that there is no rhyme or reason for Autism. I would think that if they test our children for any of the other neurological/biological disorders that are associated with Autism when they first get diagnosed. They have a better understanding for the cause of Autism in some children.
I feel the same way with Factor 5 Leiden. Sure it's rare. But I think that it, as well as the other factor clotting disorders should be tested before a woman gets put on birth control. I mean if you know it's exist, and you know that birth control can cause clots or even death in women who are positive for these factors, one could assume that you should do blood work before you prescribe anything.
In May, the boys are going to be tested for Factor 5 Ledien, perhaps they can look for Huntington's Disease as well. I really hope I am worrying for nothing. We have more then enough of our share of problems.