It's not new to the medical community nor is it some life changing thing for mito kids. It's just SubQ IVG.
Now for those of you without special kids now know why I was lazy, for those with mito kids it's nothing earth shattering.
Will's mito and immunologist doctor have a theory, if you will, that doing SubQIVG for Will is going to help with a few things. 1) IVG has been shown to reduce brain inflammation and swelling. Maybe that will help the four lesions on his brain. 2) IVG will help keep Will healthier and less sick which will in theory, keep him from being hospitalized or weak.
So what the heck is SubQ IVG?
SubQ - subcutaneous injection is administered as a bolus subcutis, the layer of skin directly below the dermis and epidermis, collectively referred to as the cutis. - or fatty tissue. Subcutaneous injections are highly effective in administering vaccines and medications such as insulin, morphine, diacetylmorphine and goserelin. Here is a "how to give" from the NIH.
IVG - Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) is a blood product. It contains the pooled, polyvalent, IgG (immunoglobulin (antibody) G) extracted from the plasma of over one thousand blood donors. IVIG's effects last between 2 weeks and 3 months. It is mainly used as treatment in three major categories:
- Immune deficiencies such as X-linked agammaglobulinemia, hypogammaglobulinemia (primary immune deficiencies), and acquired compromised immunity conditions (secondary immune deficiencies) featuring low antibody levels.
- Autoimmune diseases, e.g. Immune thrombocytopenia ITP, and Inflammatory diseases, e.g. Kawasaki disease.
- Acute infections
I haven't had the training yet, nor have we started this. I don't even have the appointment time confirmed. Hence why I wasn't really talking much about it, all I know is what I can google and learn from other families who are currently using this.
So, this info could all change, but what I think I know is...
-Takes about an hour
-You have to insert a butterfly needle into the fatty tissue, tape it down and wait for the IVG to infuse into his system.
-Yes, there are a variety of side effects, most of which sound pretty crummy. But, we've decided the good outweigh the bad. Plus, most others I've talked to (4 other families using it) have had fairly mild issues that go away quickly.
-I'm thankful we were able to get insurance to approve this, otherwise the cost would likely have been prohibitive.
So, I don't know much right now, other than the theory is it will hopefully help our buddy.
Whenever we get this started, I plan on amassing an intense video / movie collection and am hopeful that I don't screw it up.
In other news, we finally got a cold snap. Not as cold as his first snow in 2009, but hopefully we're heading that way.