Since then, we have changed medications once (from Keppra to Trileptal) and steadily increased her dosage. Unfortunately, back in June, we maxed out the amount of Trileptal that Rae is allowed. We were given a prescription for a medication called Zonegran, which would work in conjunction with the Trileptal in hopes of preventing any additional seizures (not a guarantee, this process is all trial and error). We had reservations about adding the Zonegran and I consulted doctors, nurses, other parents, and my sister-in-law. Our biggest concern centered around the potential for Rae to develop kidney stones. One component that creates kidney stones is lack of adequate fluid intake. Great!
|Rae with Auntie Nona.|
When we took this into consideration, we decided to not add the Zonegran, not yet at least. We felt the very small, seemingly infrequent seizures she was having weren't severe enough to risk the side effects. A second MRI was completed in May and it showed no changes in her brain. That told us that the seizures she was having weren't causing any damage (at least at this point...knock on wood). It looked like the seizures plateaued. Of course, that didn't last long.
In the last month or so, we have witnessed an increase in the intensity of Rae's seizures. It isn't completely impossible for her to have one that is stronger than another; so, I observed her when she was sleeping (she only has them she she is asleep) and I started thinking maybe it was time to consider adding the Zonegran, but I was still on the fence. Then I spoke with my cousin (who is also epileptic) and she told me about a seizure she recently had that left her body sore for days afterward. This got me thinking about how Rae's body felt after a seizure. It's not like she can tell me how she feels (she's non-verbal). I started leaning over towards adding the Zonegran even more. Next, I read a post from another mother in my Hypotonia support group whose daughter also has seizures and she noted that after having a small one her daughter would regress developmentally. Then a bigger seizure seemed to "reset" her daughter's brain and she was able to do things like pulling up to stand. I don't think if Rae has a big seizure she'll start crawling, but they are probably impacting her development (something else to consider...I leaned even more). Lastly, for two nights in a row, Rae has fallen asleep in the living room only to suddenly wake with considerably stronger, more intense seizures that are lasting at best for 30 seconds. This is two to three times longer than the seizures she exhibited over the summer. At this point, I officially jumped the fence.
After discussing a change in course with my husband, we have made the decision to add Zonegran. This was not a decision that was made lightly and it hurts my heart. Tonight we start the 4 week process of adding Zonegran to Rae's daily medicine regiment. Say some prayers for us because we don't really know how this new course of action will effect her.