My dad took Pablo to see a neurologist today (thanks Dad!). It turned out to be quite the revealing appointment. To sum it up, the neurologist is pretty convinced that all of Pablo's issues that he's been having (specifically since the end of radiation) are caused from the anti-swelling steroid Decadron that Pablo has been taking on and off since his tumor removal surgery at the end of April of this year.
The problem is that every time Pablo goes off the Decadron, he suffers from different symptoms to which the doctors assume is because of brain swelling so they prescribe Decadron again to deal with the swelling. The neurologist doesn't think Pablo has brain swelling. He doesn't understand how he could have that much brain swelling considering a large mass was removed from his brain so he's got lots of extra space in there now that wasn't there for years while the tumour grew. The MRI that Pablo will have hopefully within the next week should hopefully confirm this. All the symptoms Pablo is having seem more than likely caused by medication because the symptoms are happening all over his body and because the tumour was on the left side of his brain, this would have an affect SPECIFICALLY on his right side.
Decadron is a really, really powerful drug. No one should be taking it for this long. I didn't even know just how powerful it was till the neurologist said that the Decadron could be the cause of Pablo's recent eyesight issues. He recommended that once Pablo is off the Decadron completely that he should see an optometrist because there might be some permanent damage to his sight.
The neurologist said that Pablo needs to be weaned off the Decadron over the course of a month and it will take two more months for him to even be feeling somewhat normal again. This is NOT AT ALL what we were told a few weeks ago. But we're used to this. Pablo's case and what he's experienced is very rare and it has made this all the more frustrating and seemingly never ending.
I think that pretty much sums it up but it's getting late and I'm tired so if I forgot anything then I'll add to this as I remember.
One final thing - DECADRON YOU REALLY SUCK, YOU FACKINSANAMABEECH!!!!