Wednesday, February 25, 2009
With lips like that who needs Botox? Or maybe that's collagen - do people use Botox for wrinkles? Shows what I know I guess but this is coming from a woman who has never worn make-up in her life. My biggest beauty investment is a tube of Blistex.
Anyway, regardless of what people use Botox for it turns out that Bennett doesn't need it. We had an assessment done today. Botox has been used for a number of years to treat people with cerebral palsy. From my research, it appears to be a mixed bag as far as results go. Some people have reported tremendous success while others have found it to be of no help at all.
Using Botox to treat cerebral palsy, especially when it's your child, is a big decision. After all it is a poison and can be dangerous and not without side effects. Recently there have been more concerns brought up in both Canada and the United States. Apparently there have been a number of deaths linked with Botox as a treatment for CP - especially in children. Granted the numbers are small, but death is a serious side effect. You can read more about the investigation in Canada here and the investigation in the U.S. here.
If the doctor had recommended Bennett have Botox treatment, Jim and I would have considered it and probably would have tried it. As it turns out we were lucky in that the doctor doesn't think he needs it at all at this point. They will re-evaluate in 6 months. Other than that our appointment was unremarkable although the doctor was extremely intrigued by Bennett's gait. He says he has never seen anything like it before and it's definitely not typical of kids with hemiplegia. So, what does that mean? I have absolutely no idea but I'm not going to worry about it right now.