Today started out like any other day for Eric. Morning alarm, stiff joints, trouble getting out of bed = something for the birds or a day when us "healthy" people would normally throw in the towel and call out sick. Eric worked and we went to Temple for our next check up with rheumatology. It was bittersweet because since we see doctors at a university hospital we usually see a fellow and then the attending. As inpatient, Eric had a fantastic fellow Dr.Fischkoff and attending Dr.Berney. Dr.Fischkoff graduated and we got Dr.R and now have moved onto Dr.Z. Dr.Z was knowledgeable and attentive to both diseases which many of you know is not very easy to find.
We discussed lowering dosages and alternative medications and other minor medical issues that need to be determined or rules out by other specialists that may help reduce some symptoms that are a result of "side effects" of the stills disease and lingering issues from being in the initial hospital stay for 3 months and sedated for two of that. Dr.Berney was on vacation and the current attending was a clear reminder of how fragile Erics health was, IS, and ALWAYS WILL BE. Pretty blunt right? For someone like Eric to have a case of Stills & HLH be triggered and spiral so fast and to overcome it is a blessing- one we know we don't take for granted, especially when we have seen so many lost to these very diseases. But overall, her cautiousness was a reminder that there's no place like home and we don't want to do anything that could bring Erics HLH out of remission or cause the dragon to fully awaken from his drunken slumber.
A few weeks ago Eric was feeling more down than normal and we had bloodwork done, Erics ferritin remains at 600+ and 200 is normal for adults. Eric will remain on his medications to control the Stills Disease indefinitely as of now so as not to rock the boat or let the sleeping dragon lye as our fellow Stillsies would say.
A second booster was opened and those who'd like one of these nifty shirts, as seen above on Eric, can buy one knowing the money raised will go to Liam's Lighthouse Foundation to benefit Histiocytosis research at the HLH Center of Excellence and Texas Children's Hospitals. https://www.booster.com/histioawareness2015
Eric was diagnosed with HLH & Still's Disease at 27 years old in 2012 and given only a 5% chance to live. This is his journey.
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