Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Some of Sheena's test results have come back, and unfortunately, they've found that she has epilepsy. We go back to see the Pead on Thursday.
I can only hope that she responds really well to anti-convulsant drugs. She has never had a grand-mal (as far as I know), but I have observed rapid blinking, along with slight lip-smacking at the same time. It is pretty subtle, and if I had not been looking for problems because of her irritability, I might not have thought anything of it. We will get a lot more information about the extent of her epilepsy when we see the Doc, but I expect that it can be blamed for her reduced engagement over the last couple of months, and possibly her irritability. I feel completely vindicated for persisting with the Doc's that there was something not right. I'd started to worry that I was being hyper-vigilant in looking for medical answers.
I think a diagnosis of epilepsy in isolation for a 7 month old baby would have been pretty full-on, but that, along with her DS is VERY full-on. It is like when we were told that she had heart defects when she was 6 days old. If our baby did not have DS, we would have been completely freaked out by the heart-defects, but they seemed small compared to the DS diagnosis. That was just us. I have met other parents in the same boat, and they thought the DS was nothing compared to the heart defects.