The fMRI results are in and... Trudy has a brain!
Okay, very funny. The REAL results? Trudy's brain is completely normal. (This is why I can make jokes, PRAISE THE GOOD LORD.) There was no indication that the seizures have caused any damage, nor (as far as I understand things) was there any evidence of seizures still taking place.
Hurray hurrah! Yippee zippee!
|Trudy this morning in the neurologist's office.|
So, where are we now?
The pediatric neurologist is fairly confident (as confident as one can be with the still very-much-unknown world of tiny humans' brains) that the seizures were caused by roseola--a common, childhood illness that causes seizures in about 1/3 of infants who get it. It is still unclear why her seizures presented without fever. The neurologist does have some concerns that Trudy may be predisposed to seizures with illness/infection in the future, BUT we can (at least at this point) say that Trudy does not have a seizure disorder. We will wean her off the seizure medication over the course of the next three weeks. We still must remain on-guard in case she has a seizure again in the future, and have been prepped by the neurologist on what to do if this happens. We have a follow-up appointment to see the neurologist again in six months.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you who sent messages and e-mails and cards and gifts to help us through these past few months. What we have here is the best possible outcome and I'm confident that Trudy is going to live a long, happy, healthy, and hopefully seizure-free life. Thank you for reminding us how loved this little monster is by people near and far. We are all so grateful for your support!