Kriseya (chris-A-ya) is a wonderfully bright 4th grader. She is 10 years old and has 2 brothers, one 13 and the other 4. Kriseya has been a straight A student all her life as well as an award winning speech writer, a trophy winner in several school and county wide academic functions and obtained a perfect score on her State Achieving tests. Kriseya loves to sketch and read novels such the Harry Potter series and the Kane Chronicles. She gives a lot of her attention to her farm animals and house pets as well. It is fair to mention though that she also enjoys some video gaming, especially with her big brother :) Everybody who gets a chance to talk with Kriseya falls in love instantly. She is funny, kind, generous and ever thoughtful about how other people are feeling. Kriseya is a beautiful ray of sunshine to the world and has great potential as a world changer.
It is very important for us to let other people know what to watch for because the signs and symptoms of this tumor where not easy to pinpoint. Kriseya began feeling nausea almost every morning from the time she was about 5 years old. We presented it to her current pediatrician who ran typical tests for stomach bugs, parasites, blood work and so on but when everything checked out normal they chalked it up to separation anxiety or before school jitters. We relocated and had to find a new pediatrician who did the same battery of tests but found nothing. Meanwhile I began mentioning to these doctors that she was looking thin and growing in height but not in weight. Since all of the test for the tummy upset provided nothing to worry about they said she was within a normal range so not to worry. We relocated again to my husband's hometown of Pensacola, Fl. Our new doctor was advised of the weight concern as well. After Kriseya didn't gain weight for over 1 year this doctor began more aggressive testing however no scans of her brain seemed necessary at that time so we just adjusted her diet to one that was high in, well, everything. Late December of 2014 Kriseya awoke in the middle of the night with a severe headache and vomiting. After a few hours it went away and she was fine. The same happened a week later and then another time the week after that. The morning after the 3rd instance I made her a sick visit appointment with her pediatrician who scheduled her for an MRI right away. That is when they found the tumor. They admitted her to the ICU immediately and scheduled a shunt placement to relieve pressure from the fluid building up on her brain. She has had to undergo another emergency surgery for a shunt revision since that one.
It could be merely coincidental but her intermittent exotropia (lazy eye) has almost vanished since her shunt placement...
All of the internet research I did on failure to thrive and morning nausea in children never turned up as a tumor symptom but the symptom list for the tumor included these things. How we missed it is beyond me but it is important that others have the information they need to keep their children healthy.
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