Tuesday, January 8, 2008

That's a lot of seizures!

In the early hours of dawn this morning, after being awakened by yet another round of seizure activity, I somehow managed to work around my fuzzy brain to calculate how many seizures she actually has in one day. It's kind of like the Jelly Bean game. Step right up folks and guess how many jelly beans are in this jar! Okay, it's not as fun as that, but I'm willing to bet nobody reading this blog would think she has over a hundred seizures every day. It's even hard for me to fathom.

I've read other blogs and other group web sites where parents state their child is having hundreds of seizures per day. It always amazed me how the brain can withstand so much force. I told B the other night that I don't know how much longer her little body can fight these seizures since they tire her out so profoundly. I tried to make a pact with Jade that she has to fight because Mommy needs her to fight. We have to show up those pessimistic doctors! (whom, by the way, have not called yet...)

1 comment:

jenkrentler said...

Knowing your mommy for a very long time, Jade, I can honestly say I know you still have plenty of fight left in you to show your mommy and those goofy doctors your "girl power"! And don't forget that mommy's big family in the arctic north are pulling for you and saying TONS of prayers that you will show them how great mommy's little angel is. Stay strong, little one.

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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