Wednesday, September 8, 2010
No news is bad news. The roller coaster.
I've found that its much easier to update the blog when there is good news to share. Unfortunately, the past few weeks have been quite trying for little Sadie.
Last Monday we made a second trip to the ER. When Sadie was up all Sunday night crying, we figured something was up. We drove her, again, to the ER at Children's Memorial who found that the corneal ulcer was irritated again. We've increased her eye drops and it seems to be healing up fine. Ugh...
Sadie's seizure activity had been decreasing, then last week, for no apparant reason, she started to have more clusters. We've been speaking to the neurologist and dietician, but we can't seem to pinpoint the issue. We're again increasing medications and talking about adding additional meds. At this point, Sadie is on two different seizure medications (Topomax and Vigabatrin) as well as three other medicines to deal with various side effects of the seizure meds. With medicines, special powdered formula, a gram scale - our kitchen counter looks like a pharmacy...or a meth lab.
In the midst of special diets, seizure meds, and eye drops - our little girl is developing quite the personality. She prefers Beyonce to nursery rhymes (Halo is her favorite). She also has developed a liking to Katy Perry's "California Girls." She talks up a storm and moves her mouth trying to talk when she looks at us.
All of her therapies are now in full swing. Sadie has Physical Therapy (PT), Occupational Therapy (OT), and Vision Therapy (VT), once a week. She also meets with a Developmental Therapist once a month to get an overall assessment on how she is developing. We've been working with her OT to get her left hand caught up with her right. Due to the damage on the right side of her brain, the left side tends not to function as well. Last week, she discovered that she can move her left hand to her mouth and will grasp both hands in front of her!
Sadie has a full schedule this week. Her four month appointment with her pediatrician was on Monday. She meets with all of her therapists this week. On Thursday, we'll be at Children's Memorial for an MRI of her brain as well as an appointment with her opthomologist to get an update on how the corneal ulcer is healing and what the next step is for the conformer. The MRI is to monitor her choroid plexus papilloma, a tumor in her brain that can cause a buildup of spinal fluid in her brain. She will get periodic MRIs to monitor the growth of the tumor.
The doctors continue to monitor her progress closely. Our moods are predicated on how well Sadie is doing. If she has a bad day, we have a bad day. If she has a good day, we also do. We had heard from other Aicardi families that the first year is the most difficult. It's a roller coaster of emotions. We just wish that the dips on this coaster weren't so low.