Finally a diagnosis of TB agreed upon by all doctor


I still say that my best purchase here in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic was this stroller for Frantina.  She loves it and in fact, is going for a stroll in the park across from the apartment right now with Vivianne and Dave Williams! This park across from us over 3 1/2 miles long!  It has play areas, paths, soccer fields, a pond with paddle boats on it, etc.  I think she and Vivianne will have some nice walks in this park.

Frantina is more comfortable laying down in the stroller than she is with us holding her and putting pressure across her back.  She whines terribly if she can’t see someone all of the time.  I am trying to break her of this, but I’m not getting very far.  Although, when I say that if she doesn’t stop, she will have to go to her bedroom, sometimes it does work!  She has just gotten used to Chantel and Betty, her nannies at GLA, holding her all of the time and does not like to be by herself for even 2 seconds!  She’s great as long as we pay attention to her or at least have her where she can see us.Confused smile

I am getting a little tired of going from one hospital to another and see doctor after doctor!  The last few days have been awfully hot especially in crowded hospitals and tiny consultation rooms.  We went to Robert Reid Hospital yesterday and saw a Pulmonary specialist who specializes in TB cases. Robert Reid is a free public children’s hospital.  I have never seen so many children in one place!  The doctor wanted to see the MRI and CT Scan results but Dr. Sanchez, the pediatric neurosurgeon, had them with him.  Fortunately, he also practices at this hospital and so he brought the results with him today and showed them to the Pulmonary doctor. 

Yesterday, the doctor did not know if it was really TB.  The chest Xray that I had with me did not show changes in her lungs.  She also said the bones usually have different changes in them, but wanted to see all results before she gave us a decision.  I was really upset.  I had felt so good when we got the diagnosis of TB.  It is curable most of the time if treated and we could deal with this!  All night I prayed.  Who would ever have thought that I would pray that one of my babies had TB???  But I did because I did not want it to be cancer!

At 11 AM, I received a call that the doctors do think it’s TB now.  ALL of them!  They did see some changes in the lungs with the MRI exam and want to start treatment tomorrow!  HURRAY!  We have an appointment at 9 AM.  They also did another PPD test on her arm to see if it is grown or is smaller than the one she had at GLA in May.  That will be read tomorrow also.  She will have to see the doctor weekly for a month and then they will redo the MRI to see if the TB is decreasing in size.

We are all very comfortable in our little apartment.  We have laundry, a kitchen so we are eating in most of the time.  We only have it for three months, so hopefully we will be done by then.  The owner said we can extend if we need to.  Katie MacGregor, an Australian nurse who was at GLA for several months, has agreed to come and stay with Frantina and Vivianne during the stay in Santo Domingo.  Katie had wanted to return to GLA and I am just so thankful that she can help out during this time. I  thought that I had people lined up to come and take turns staying but they have backed out, so I am very thankful that Katie is coming.

Here are some photos of our Santo Domingo apartment.  There is no dryer for our clothes, but before Patrick went back to Haiti, he did string us up some clothes lines so we could hang things to dry  We are all thankful for the ceiling fans in most of the rooms..:

9 comments (Add your own)

1. Kelly D wrote:
((((((DIXIE)))))) Glad to hear that things are FINALLY falling into place for Frantina's treatment and that others are stepping to help with her care while she is in the Dominican Republic! Frantina and everybody involved with her care will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers! Loving God, Loving Haiti, Loving FRANTINA!! XOXOXO Kelly D < :)

Tue, February 7, 2012 @ 1:58 PM

2. Kelly D wrote:
PS that is one AWESOME apartment!! :)

Tue, February 7, 2012 @ 1:59 PM

3. Joanne Cottrill wrote:
Yeh for Katie! Dixie, did you contact Mr. Adams who knows Christians in the DR?One of his contact travels to PAP about three times a week. I gave his e-mail to Tom.

Tue, February 7, 2012 @ 2:09 PM

4. Melissa Marsch wrote:
I'm so glad that you are hiring Katie to work for you at GLA and to be the special care giver for Frantina! I've been praying that you'd hire Katie. Katie and Haiti are a marvelous match that only God could have put together! Praise God! I'll be giving Katie some money to make he travel to you possible. God bless everyone and the babies!

Tue, February 7, 2012 @ 8:38 PM

5. Tami Jacobs wrote:
Rejoicing that all the doctors are in agreement and now one step closer to starting treatment for Frantina. We pray for a total and quick recovery.

Tue, February 7, 2012 @ 9:23 PM

6. jane Blannin-Bruleigh wrote:
Hi Dixie, So excited that Katie will be coming back!!!!! What a blessing she will be! I can see Katie and Vivienne and Frantina loving the park across the street. How wonderful for everyone!!!! keeping up the prayers!

Tue, February 7, 2012 @ 10:20 PM

7. Marie wrote:
So glad to hear that the doctors finally have a diagnosis and that treatment can start. Praying for all of you and for a fast healing for Frantina!

Wed, February 8, 2012 @ 10:59 AM

8. Eliane wrote:
Finally things get together to bring Frantina back to GLA with good health. It was a hard work but so worth it. Thanks to Katie to come help with frantina in the meantime. Prayers still going your way.

Wed, February 8, 2012 @ 7:00 PM

9. How I Came To Be in The Domincan Republic &laquo; Katie in Haiti wrote:
[...] Read a story from the orphanage about my coming to Santo Domingo. [...]

Sat, March 24, 2012 @ 1:13 PM

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