As we say goodbye to the Ketogenic diet and our ninth anticonvulsant Vimpat we are excited to be able to give Piper the opportunity to smell, touch and explore food! this has been a huge part of Pipers therapy allowing Piper to associate food with
play rather than a negative experience, for months unable to allow this activity in fear even the smallest amount if consumed could ruin the Ketogenic diet, quite difficult considering all we've ever wanted is to see piper swallow food! Although
we are a few steps behind we are now able to push for those steps forward, bopping food on pipers face and lips...these are our first steps.!
Having piper to a stage as before would mean the world to us! eating small amounts of puréed
food and topping up with formula PEG feeds.
At the time we pushed for more! not knowing what a wonderful achievement this really was.
We have had some success today completely stopping the anticonvulsant which gave piper such terrible
side effects, this still leaves a couple left to try, while we hope for Professor Ingrid Schedffer to find something to help solve the mystery of our little girl.
so it's not as we thought, not completely the end of the line..
Two drugs, one may cause quite harmful effects paired with a metabolic condition, as this remains undetermined for Piper the metabolic team are obviously reluctant on agreeing to this treatment, the second anticonvulsant takes a risk also, it is known
to cause vision impairment, although may have a chance at reducing the seizures, a trade off our neurologist feels is worth considering, the effects this may leave continue over time, just because the symptoms are noted does not stop the irreversible
damage already done, nor does it stop the process of deterioration.
the most important thing is to stop the seizures! even if this means taking away Pipers perfect sight. Our neurologist after careful consideration has made this suggestion
hoping tomorrow to start Piper on this medication known as Sabril, I leave the appointment feeling so completely deflated and confused, here I was thinking the last anticonvulsant was causing great distress and the answer is this! I turned to my sister
and asked, What do I do? How can I make this decision? Of course my sister could not give me the answers.
We need to stop the seizures, although what if like the nine anticonvulsant medications before this one does not work! what if the side
effects leave Piper vision impared and with seizures just the same as before!
I will fill the perscription, although I have no idea how I'll possibly bring myself to physically give this medication to Piper.
my husband to discuss his feelings, and as he read of the medication and all its side effects he also felt uneasy and unsure about giving this to our little girl, although weighing up the options felt we had little choice.
My mind rested slightly
after another discussion with a dear friend who offered me this .. Vision imparent will not take Piper's life, and as I thought of this I felt better for the decision.
The next morning we were due to return home, until our Neurologist called
scheduling another visit, another Medication to try! just look for a rash he had said! we can certainly handle a rash! an amazing weight had been lifted, as for now we had escaped this terrible decision. Piper will first try Trileptal.
It's been two weeks since returning home on the new medication (trileptal)
finally sleeping beside me after continuously crying for two days, so terribly upset and emotional and each time Piper drifts off to sleep she is once again either
awoken by another seizure or a heartbreaking cry, we are using our new suction at least three times a night which has certainly helped to clear the airways and avoid the terrible choking.
A video link up with Melbourne has seen Piper prescribed
with another medication to help control secretions throughout the night, we are hoping this will at least give Piper the chance to rest a little more soundly.
Her eyes now swollen, either another reaction to medication or just due to the fact that
she remains constantly in tears
Piper has developed stiffness through her legs which seems a bit strange for a child so incredibly floppy, at the moment Piper's little feet point down as though pointing her toes, when moving her
feet back into a flat position Piper shows signs of discomfort, Piper now has spacticity in her legs, the muscles may all be contracting at once due to excessive firing of the nerves, in short I guess those messages from the brain just can not get
Piper will now be required to wear new solid AFO's to assist in stretching the muscles and holding her position. There is yet another medication piper can take to relax these muscles assisting us to work her legs, however as the rest
of Pipers body is so incredibly floppy we could once again do more harm then good. There's always something to consider with our complex little girl.
We will be Heading back to Melbourne next week for another MRI, hoping as Piper is now a little
older any changes or abnormalities may be seen, I can no longer predict these appointments, nor do I try.