Monday, December 24, 2007

December 24, 2007

Last night was a full night of seizure activity again. Today wasn't much better. Just as she started having one of her tonic seizures, she put her thumb in her mouth. I thought for sure she was going to bite it off or do some serious damage. I tried to pry her mouth open or at the very least put my finger between her teeth to keep her from clamping down even more than she was. No such luck. Fortunately, the seizure was relatively brief (never brief enough for me) and I grabbed her hand to keep her from doing it again. She did break skin and bruised it, but I don't think she did too much more than that. I iced it and then put Neosporin and a bandage over it afterwards. Thank god I had an arm brace from a previous hospital stay to keep her from doing it again. Looks like this will be a permanent part of her wardrobe now. I ordered a custom arm brace from a company online ( ), and I really hope it works for her.

So, the relaxing Christmas Eve I was hoping for wasn't very relaxing at all. I'm exhausted from being up many times during the night with each seizure she has and from the emotional stress of the whole situation. This pretty much sucks!

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Our peanut in a nutshell...

Hi everyone! Thanks for visiting my blog. My name is Jade and I am currently 8 years old. I have a big sister and a big brother whom I love very very much.

I have a very rare neurological disorder that isn't even named yet! It is a genetic mutation called CDKL5. It is considered a variant of Rett Syndrome and presently, I am only one of around 600 or so children in the world documented to have this mutation. Each child is unique in that his or her symptoms vary quite a bit. Unfortunately, I am one of those children who is affected much more severely than most of the kids.

Some of the problems I face include:

Reflux (in October 2006, I had surgery to have a Nissen Fundoplication done and to have a gastrostomy tube inserted for feedings). As of March 2012, I have a GJ tube for continuous feeds.

I am hypotonic - I have virtually no muscle tone and I find it difficult to even hold my head up on my own.

I have cortical vision impairment - my brain doesn't process the images it sees. Sometimes I see off to the side, sometimes, my vision is shuttered, sometimes I don't have any vision at all. The doctors and my Mom and Dad don't really know how or what I see because I can't tell them.

I cannot talk nor communicate with gestures.

I cannot walk, nor will I ever walk.

I grind my teeth. So much so, that some loosen during seizures.

I cannot grasp objects or use my hands for the simplest of tasks.

I cannot sit on my own. I can, however, sort of roll over from side to side.

I am choreoathetoid. I cannot control the jerky movements my arms and legs make.

I have life-threatening seizures every day. This is my greatest challenge.

So, now that you have gotten to know me, please feel free to take a stroll around my blog. Some of it you read may seem depressing, horrible, unfathomable, and downright crazy. But, this is my life.

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