I learned something new yesterday. Rather, I gained a better understanding of what’s going to be happening today at the Cleveland Clinic. Gavin is having 3 skin biopsies done this morning. The doctor called Monday afternoon, prior to our to our trip to Akron Children’s Hospital and explained the entire procedure. The biopsies will be taken from his leg. He will receive 3 injections of lidocaine, to numb the general areas. Once that is done, they will take 3 skin samples. My understanding is that it’s like a large hallow needle, that is used to puncture the skin and remove the sample. I’m pretty sure that this is notgoing to go over well with Gavin. I also learned more about what they are looking for. It’s called small fiber neuropathy. Basically, they are looking to see if Gavin has active nerves attached to his smaller blood vessels. These nerve endings are what tell the blood vessels to constrict. What they suspect is that these nerves are either not present or not functioning. This would explain the orthostatic issues he’s been having. I’ll talk more about this after the procedure is done.
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