Tuesday, August 31, 2010
What a week...And it's only Wednesday
We finally thought that things were leveling off. Sadie's seizures had been decreasing since being on the ketogenic diet. Pre-diet she was having between 15-20 clusters of seizures a day consisting of 80-100 spasms per cluster. Post-diet she now has between 3-7 clusters a day with 20-50 spasms per cluster. We never thought we'd be happy to say that our daughter only has 5 seizures a day, but I suppose it's all relative, right?
The dietitian and neurologist are still tweaking meds and diet ratios a bit to see if we can get more seizure control. The unfortunate thing about seizure meds is that it takes time to see the full effect of the medication, and if it doesn't work, it then takes time to wean off the medicine - stopping cold turkey can be dangerous. So, needless to say, this process can be arduous.
Last week of August - we were happy to finally have a week without a doctor appointment - the first time since Sadie's birth! Unfortunately, Sadie had other plans for us. On Monday, she began to cry inconsolably. After about four hours of her crying out in pain, we took her to the pediatrician, who recommended we head down to the ER at Children's Memorial.
The ER doctors did a battery of tests - bloodwork, urine sample, ultrasound to check for kidney stones or some sort of blockage. Everything came back negative, and Sadie was still quite unhappy.
Finally, the doctors decided to take out the conformer in her eye and check for a scratch. When the opthamologist pulled out the conformer, they found the problem. She had a corneal ulcer on her eye. Basically, this can happen when your eye gets irritated or scratched and the scratch fails to heal itself. The doctors told us that it can be quite painful. Damn conformer. So, Sadie is now on medicated drops to clear up the ulcer.
Two pieces of good news since the last update. We *think* insurance will be covering Sadie's KetoCal formula. It only took 10 phone calls and three letters of medical necessity. I'm still sceptical until I actually see a paid claim.
Second, we bought a house! Yes, the same day Sadie went into the ER, we made an offer on a home in Des Plaines, IL. The home search has taken some time due to a few limiting factors. We were only looking at one-story homes due to Sadie's potential for mobility issues. Many of the ranch-style homes available were built in the 50's or 60's and haven't been updated much since then. We wanted something updated with a more open floor plan. Second, we were looking for easy access to a Metra station for Adin's commute, as well as a suburb that was close to downtown for our visits to the hospital. Luckily, we found a great updated, one-story house that fit all of these criteria. We're happy to finally be in our own home again after a year of renting.
The adventure continues...anyone up for helping us move at the end of September?