Jan 30, 2015

Hey everyone,

As I mentioned in my previous post, my mito specialist wanted to check for mitochondrial DNA depletion…..well, those results are back.

And guess what—the results do show that I have a mtDNA depletion!

It’s not very good news because this means something is depleting the number of mitochondria in my body, and all organs/cells need a normal amount of mitochondria to function well.  I wasn’t expecting these results at all, but I am still so thankful to the Lord for more answers to all my numerous conditions/symptoms.  This depletion may be why my GI tract in particular is in such bad shape and why I can’t tolerate j-tube feeds and solid food.

Since this genetic test came back abnormal, my mito specialist is currently going to hold off on the fibroblast super complex assembly testing and electron transport assays analysis.  He wants to see if the whole exome sequencing will pinpoint which gene mutation is causing the mtDNA depletion.

Speaking of whole exome sequencing, it looks like the test will be started next week!  A national phlebotomy service is coming to our house this coming Monday to draw my blood (my mom’s as well) to send off to the lab.

On Tuesday, I have a follow-up with my neuro-ophthalmologist to once again check my optic nerves and make sure the external ophthalmoplegia in my left eye is stable.

Wednesday, I have another appointment with the pain team at OHSU, and Thursday, the home health nurse will be coming again to change my PICC line dressing.

The following week, I have my 4 scheduled MRIs (brain, cervical spine, thoracic spine, and right foot)….I have to spend over 4 hours in the MRI tube. :/

I also have follow-ups with my GI specialist and Cardiology, so it will be a busy next couple of weeks.

Anyways, I just wanted to check in and and share these results with all of you!


P.S.  Here are some pictures that I took of San Diego. 🙂

Beautiful Seaport Village
Taken from the plane when we were heading home
So neat seeing how close San Diego is to the ocean!
Another view of San Diego
Post written byKerissa

This post has 2 comments

  • Kerissa, I am so sorry you are struggling so, but you have such a great spirit. Abby has a mitochondrial Depletion too, but it is mild(37 percent). Hang in there and praying for better health for you.

  • Thank you so much, Diane, for your encouragement! 🙂 My depletion report doesn't really have a percentage but rather a ratio, so I'm gonna ask one of my doctors if they know what that means..

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