Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Results Are In

In which our Heroine feels a Palpable Relief.

Apparently, seizures are a fairly normal phenomenon in the neurological world—mundane enough when combined with a clean MRI, anyway.  Yes, that’s right.  After once again going through a total freak-out session before getting the results of my tests back (I’m beginning to see a pattern here), I have been given a clean(ish) bill of health.  I will go back to the doctor in six months (not three!).  My MRI scans are good.  Also, my medical history indicates that I am not really that prone to seizures.  This fact, combined with my forgetfulness at taking my medication on time, etc… means that I don’t even have to change my medication right now.  HOWEVER, if I have another seizure in the next 6 months of any kind, then I will call my doc immediately and increase my Keppra dosage.  But if I don’t, then I may be able to go completely off of any anti-convulsants in six months!  Please do keep your fingers crossed on my behalf! 

The relief, as stated above, is palpable.  And I have hope—which is such a good thing.  The only thing I’m wondering now is how I’ll really be if/when I go completely off brain-altering drugs.  You think I jest.  Because really, there aren’t many excuses left for me at that point.  Here’s a snapshot of my life in six months:

Memory? Present and accounted for, if I remember correctly. 

Personality issues? Functioning well.  You be the judge.  

Forgetfulness? I am like the proverbial elephant.

Fatigue? Must be based on other reasons entirely.

Lack of coordination? Did I ever really have a hope with this?

Fine motor skills? Good penmanship is overvalued by third grade teachers everywhere.

General weakness in limbs? Opening jars is severely overrated.

 Confused? Who isn’t, these days? 

Upset stomach from taking Keppra without food?  Gone, hopefully.  And the sooner, the better. 


  1. Yay!!!!! That is such good news!

  2. Wonderful news! Will be praying for even better news in 6 months!

  3. oh yea! I am soooo happy for you and Jon!!!!!! Now... how does one go about celebrating good brain tumor news? Fondue?

  4. Hmmm. Open to suggestions on the celebration...

  5. You are incredible. In our house we've dealt with seizures for years and years and believe me, life can be relatively normal AS LONG AS YOU REMEMBER TO TAKE YOUR MEDICINE. I am so pleased for you and carry such a fond place in my heart for you. Call me sometime at the Church History Museum and we can catch up

  6. Such good news! You have been in our prayers. Hopefully you will stay seizure free (and tumor free)!

  7. Ha! I felt that everything will be fine!!! I am so glad to see this post! Let's do a Saturday celebration !!! I was thinking that all your tiredness must have been b/c Eva doesn't take naps + shorter days in the winter. It will pass, we all feel like hibernating these days. Sure, in the spring we all will perk up a little bit :)