Friday, January 11, 2008

A few good days

I can't really call it a lucky streak because she's still having seizures, but at least she's not having as many clusters. Yesterday she had one cluster after going a solid 11 hours without having ANY noticeable seizure activity. Quite a difference from just four days ago. I still attribute it to the Bactrim. One of the other mothers swears by antibiotics (I think in particular the Bactrim) as being a seizure reducer. And her kids are as severe as Jade. We think it has something to do with the sulfa ingredient in it. Her new med, Zonegran, is a sulfa drug too. Since she started the Zonegran, I haven't seen any real staring spells or myoclonic seizures. As of the last two days, she's had around 1-2 clusters (one severe) and either individual tonic or tonic-clonic seizures lasting around 15-20 seconds each. Her movement (athetosis) has stopped too. Too much of a coincidence if you ask me.

The only other concern I have at the moment is that her urine stick showed high levels of bilirubin. From what I gather, the sulfa drugs can cause this reaction. I'm waiting for another wet cotton ball to see what results it will show. That's when I call the pediatrician again to pick his brain.

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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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