Friday, January 23, 2009

If It's Not One Thing It's Another

Just before spud harvest as I was helping Cassidy get ready for school she had a seizure. Although I took her to the doctor I was told that it wasn't a big deal and I shouldn't worry about it. It wasn't long after that when I started working for Dr. Hopkin and it was also time for Cassidy to have her yearly check-up with Dr. Meyers at Primary Children's. I posted earlier about that visit and how they have decided that Cassidy will need surgery in about two years to correct the birth defects that she has in her rib cage. In order to see Dr. Meyers I needed to get a referral so I took her to see Dr. Hopkin. During that visit it came out that she had, had a seizure earlier in the fall. He was fairly surprised that we hadn't done any testing on her and suggested that when we got back from SLC we should look further into it. Early in November Cassidy had an EEG and for unknown reasons we did not get the results of that test until the beginning of this month, and the results were abnormal. I couldn't understand the results very much but they said something about her left occipital lobe not firing at the same rate as the rest of her brain. And Dr. Vance (the pediatric neurologist) suggested that she have an MRI. That was conducted the next Monday and today we went to see Dr. Vance to see what she thought, it turned out to be a 4 hour visit. Cassidy has been diagnosed with Epilepsy. Although she hasn't had any obvious seizures since early this fall there is still evidence in her brain that there are indeed some problems. I'll be honest, although I sat through the 4 hour dicussion I am simply overwhelmed by all that I was told and also a great portion of it simply was way over my comprehension, so I will not even make an attempt to reexplain all that she said. Cass will be having a second EEG on the 3rd of February to try and better determine what kind of medication she will need. I was hoping we could avoid that route as long as she doesn't have another one but Dr. Vance is quite sure about her needing to be medicated soon. As for me as a Mother I am still trying to accept that something might just be wrong with my baby girl. Oh by the way did I mention that about two weeks ago she fell on the ice at school and broke her arm? The last few months have been kind of crazy with Cass but I hope she knows how much I love her. Keep her in your prayers.


Dan & Brooke said...

MAN CASS, you are going to give your mom gray hair way too early in her life! I did not hear about her breaking her arm! Gee. Tough girl! We will keep her and the whole family in our prayers. We love you all.

Suzy & Todd said...

Oh I'm sorry for both of you. I didn't know about her arm either. Poor girl. Tell her I think she is so brave and that todd and I are praying for her. Hope everything goes well. One of my bets friends down here has epilepsy and has no trouble with it as long as she is on medication.