Monday, August 27, 2012

Genetics Are Crazy Things!

So, a girl meets a boy.
She meets him while in college.
She's healthy.  He's healthy.

Our oldest son has been in and out of the hospital way too many times for one person.  He has had to deal with way too many things in his life.  From the time he was 10 months old, he was in and out of Johns Hopkins Hospital due to deep body thromboses in his spleen and liver.  Then after he got older, he was in Baptist East Cardiac Unit for cardiomyopathy (in congestive heart failure) and had to have his mitral valve replaced.  He was finally found to have a rare blood disorder that has 4 names:  Lupus Anticoagulant Syndrome, Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome, Hughes Syndrome, and Sticky Blood Syndrome. These do not seem to be related to rest of our problems, but who knows, lolol.  However, he does tend to form keloid scars ~ would that be a protein/collagen problem?

My youngest daughter was told a few years ago that she has a bicuspid aortic valve.  She also gets very dizzy if she stands for too long a time.  May be connected.

And that doesn't even count my older daughter's scoliosis ~ that may be connected as well.

Now this past Thursday, I found after several tests a month or so ago, that I have an aortic root aneurysm.  And, joy oh joy!  Alyssa's and mine are related.  It's my understanding that it's a genetic malfunction ~ a protein and collagen problem.  One that comes from our British Isles ancestry.

Now, come on!  Our family has been over here in America since the 1600 and 1700's.

And, while I'm fussing, you would think that having skin cancer three time ~ because of my British Isles ancestry ~ would be enough.  Evidently not.

So now all of my kids need to let their doctors know that they may be part of this chain, and they will have to be careful with their blood pressure ~ and watch carefully with the grandchildren.  Thankfully, many times it only targets one or two per generation.

Anyway . . . . those were my moments to fuss and to whine.  Now, it's time to get up and be brave.  To do everything I can to help my health.

Just so you know:  Make sure that you don't let your blood pressure get above 120 ~ that is the pre-hypertension line now.  If it's 120 ~ it needs to be a little lower!