Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The long awaited building permit

I shouldn't write this yet, but, what the heck! We should be getting our permit to build our house today!!! After almost a year of planning and going through the permitting process, we can finally break ground. We haven't "officially" gotten the permit, but all that needs to be done today is for the city office staff to make their copies and for us to pay the fees. It was an eternal wait and I'm sure now the eternal wait lies in building it. We hope to be in by Christmas...

As for lil J, she's been having more seizures - again. Not as bad as over Christmas, but stronger than last week. Another UTI brewing, a cold coming on, the nature of the beast? Who knows. Just as we get used to things, she changes it all around again. I'm just praying it won't get worse. Maybe today will be a better day?

Her thumb injury has almost healed with the exception of the nail. It's beginning to peel off completely. Can we say, EWWWW?! So gross. She now has either the thumb guard on all day or the arm brace since she's been trying to put her thumb in her mouth again. God knows I would hate for her to be mouthing it and peel it off on her own. Once again, EWWW!

Thanks everyone for keeping up to date on her blog. Your comments and positive input are refreshing. I hope everyone is doing well.

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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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