Out of 3 daughters Mimi is our middle child, older sister Iza by 3 minutes and a younger sister Magi by 3 years. Mimi was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) on August 12, 2009. After 2 years, 2 months and 26 days on November 6th, 2011 she took her last chemo pill and is considered OFF Treatment! This is our story of our journey through childhood cancer.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Neuropsychology Testing

Long day for Mimi today. At 8am this morning we met with a Pediatric Neuropsychologist, while Mimi went off to do some tests I spoke with the Dr. about her medical history, which was pretty clean until two years ago. Mimi worked hard until about 2pm with a couple breaks in between. She said she listened to stories and had to remember what they were, couple math problems, and some pattern making. She really enjoyed it and said she could have stayed longer. I will meet with the Dr. later on this month to discuss the results from today.

Why the Neuropsych testing? To assess the effects of treatment, mainly the Methotrexate (chemo delivered to spinal fluid) on the child's cognitive functioning. Children who have gone through treatment suffer from late cognitive effects from the chemo, having a baseline test done now will give us something to look at later on if any problems should arise.

Tomorrow will be another full day as Mimi goes in for a spinal tap in the morning. She was not very happy so she requested a great dinner favorite take out pizza from Italy's Best plus some friends and felt a little better about having to be hungry tomorrow. She also requested doughnuts after she wakes up from her sleepy medicine, we will see about that maybe I will surprise her.

Below are some articles that go more in depth about the testing in pediatric patients.

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