As a parent with a child who has a medical condition, it seems like we never get the opportunity to just sit, relax and just watch our children. There is always some sort of scrutiny and or assessment going on when I watch her play. Was that a seizure, are her meltdowns a side effect of the medication, can I call her change in play progression in her development, and so on and on. I feel like I am always on a heightened sense of alertness with her.
Dr Khan, one of our neurologists, thought it was amazing how well I can spot her seizures. We went in for a 72 hour EEG. Along with the leads on her head, the entire test is video recorded (always fun trying to sleep under the watchful eye). He would see me play with her on the bed and then I would push the seizure button. He visually could not see the seizures but the EEG patterns picked it up. I am just so used to spotting them.
So, the past week or so, Meghan has been cranky, not wanting to eat, screechy, completely unhappy and unsettled. So I analyze and compare her symptoms to what I think could be going on. And it goes something like this:
Loose Acidic Stools (sorry - tmi)
Bad Diaper Rash
Waking up through the night (ugh)
My Diagnoses's (yes...plural):
Adjusting to the Felbatol...still
Maybe showing an allergic reaction to the Felbatol
Not just a tooth but a 2-year molar. I had to laugh. Something so normal and I completely missed it. Hello...wouldn't that be anybody's first guess!! I guess it just goes to show that with a child who has a medical condition, sometimes the normal is so abnormal for us parents.
9 months ago