Monday, June 14, 2010

Miss Marino, Molly and Baby Parker visit

Margs was so happy to hold baby Parker.  He is such a beautiful baby, and oh that hair!  He fussed and talked and liked to be jiggled.  Then, when I laid him down he fell right to sleep.  When it was time for them to go, Kim picked him up for a photo shoot, and to let Margs hold him.  He stayed asleep.  There is nothing quite like a sleeping baby.

Miss Marino (Kim) was Margs one-on-one for a while in elementary school, then in the transition to middle school, and then at high school.  She also did respite care for us.  Molly is Kim's daughter.  Molly spent lots of time with Margs, and is actually 7 months younger.  Molly now lives in Phoenix, and has a little girl of her own, Kim.  Margs was so happy to see them all, and all I could see from her was love to these women.  The love of Christ.  No matter what decisions they had made in life, and Molly has made some decisions and done some things that many of us would never condone.  But Margs knows nothing of that, she just sees Molly.  Like Christ sees us.  It was a huge lesson for me.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Special Olympics 2010

A big day at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.  A beautiful day, nearly 80 out and breezy.  Margs and Monty went in the bus with her classmates, her teacher and aid, and her PEOPLE PE peers.  Margs helper at this time is Chelsie, she is wearing the red shirt.

Margs was so excited to see Katie, one of our semi retied helpers. who is an aid to an elementary student.

So, I'm not having luck getting the text where I want it, so just read the pics. 

Seizure this week, 4 am on Friday, Monty jumped off the bed and out of the room.  All I can think is he was going to get Emma.  Frustration.  After her seizure a week ago Friday, Paige's dog, Emmie, came in and did the full body sniff.  There is a scent, this confirmed it.  Our dogs just don't get it.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A very silly picture

This is a pic Margs teacher took of her at school. Her aid, Bonnie, found these very cool and hip sunglasses and brought them to share. They have chains for the bows, and at the end of the chains are the dangling earrings. Can't you just see Goldie Hawn dancing in these on Laugh In?
Here is another Puple Day pic, Margs teacher on the left, Margs, and her one on one on the right.  All sporting those great Dravet Walk t shirts.

This morning she had 2 seizures, nasty GTC's.  Monty was in the kitchen, and the minute he heard her he jumped the stairs to her room.  I treated him and "Good Boy" ed him.  Emma of course rose to the occasion too once she heard him come up and be treated.  I was glad he reacted to so quickly to the sound.  Hopefully its coming.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Purple Day

This is Mr. Boyle, he was Margs teacher the first 2 and 1/2 years at Valley.

Here is Grandpa K, Monty and Margs

Friday, March 26, was Purple Day to raise awareness for Epilepsy.  I had leftover shirts from the walk, and sent them to school for Margs' teacher, aid, former teacher, and another aid to wear.  I ordered bracelets from the IDEA League  for her to share with who she wanted.  Margs was very pumped up and so exciited, we put her hair in a pony tail with a purple ribbon and purple head band.  She went to school nicely and had a great time being honored by all of those that love her there.  She has been at Valley High School longer than any other student.  I think she has been there for 6 years, and most students are there only 3.  She gave her bracelets to the nurse, the administrative assisstant and the principals, alot of her friends and other people.  I'm sure she and her dog and aid were quite a site with their purple and her big smile.  Grandpa came over to help in the morning to help me get her to school.  She gave him a bracelet.  Her teacher has told me she took pictures, but we haven't seen them yet.  I cannot tell you what the IDEA League has meant to me for support after nearly 18 years of being alone in this journey of Dravet Syndrome.

The med increase of the Frisium has seemed to slow down the seizures, but has really messed with her sleeping.  We are still trying to determine just what is going on with naps and night time.  She is still having seizures, and Monty is still without a clue.  We will continue to work with him, he is a great dog.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Med increase begins

After another 5:45 am seizure, I hesitatingly gave her the increased med dose in the am.  First day of spring break.  We have nothing going on, so she can sleep for a week.  Our Ashley came over to help today, and I went out with my friend Carol.  At 2, Ashley calls to report she's been seizing for 5 minutes.  I'm 20 minutes away.  I give her the options, but mostly, if her lips are pink and it appears her breathing is fine, not much to do except administer some oral ativan and wait it out. 

My friend drops me back at the car dealership, where I got my oil changed and tires rotated, and immediately call Ash to see if I need to buzz home.  Nope, she's done, she's sleeping.  Whew.  Monty did nothing, asked Ashley to treat him and "Good Boy."  She reported that Monty made more of an effort when they "all fall down" during ring around the rosy.  6 seizures now under the new plan, and my confidence that this will work is waning.

New class at 4 Paws this week, and one of the dogs alerted day two to a myclonic seizure.  My heart just dropped.  For us.  Glad for them, despair for us.

Friday, March 5, 2010

2 calls, same day

Tuesday afternoon, the day of the calls.  Dr. Laux does not think the increased med is causing the seizures, instead, she wants us to increase it again.  IF this causes more seizures right away, then we go back to med increases.  Are we beginning to understand the difficulty of a life with Dravet Syndrome?  Ah, but this week has been calmer.

Jeremy called, and we are going to try to train somewhat differently.  Thankfully he confirmed that seizure work should not be this hard.  Monty is still good, but I can see he is not sticking by his girl like a dog that is concerned should be, even though if he is in the room with her, and she gets up to leave, he will follow.

Wednesday night we went to Target.  Margaret successfully spent most of her gift cards, and we were questioned by the stocker in the dog treat aisle.  Told that dogs were not allowed in the store.  When I told him, that yes, this dog, in fact is allowed in the store, he became confrontational and asked me if he was a seeing eye dog.  Monty had his harness on, he is way too big to fit into a purse, so he is obviously a service dog.  I told the man he could not ask me what the dog was for, and that indeed, he is allowed in the store.  The man commenced to call his supervisor, as we strolled away.  I'm sure she set him straight.

Disability education still has a long way to go.

Monday, March 1, 2010

March 01, 2010

Still having more seizures than she used to, but made it through the weekend pretty well.  I am still waiting a call from Dr. Laux on what she thinks we should do.  If I don't hear by tonight, I will call tomorrow.

Still waiting on a call from Jeremy, but I'm sure they were busy last week making sure all the dogs being matched for the next class are ready.  I really don't know if he will have anything more to say to help.  Monty has really missed every seizure, with no excitement, and all the testing I do does not seem to transfer over to the real deal.  We will keep hoping and praying, because he is such a good dog and seems quite attached to Margs.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The 20th!

A great weekend to celebrate the 20th.
Jacob and Dad just hanging, saving the table.

Here is Terry and Becky from the polka band, Barefoot Becky

Denny, my buddy, came to the Hessen Haus

Ashley starting the glowstick bracelets
Helping Mel with her bracelet
Paige came
Then we danced, with Grace and Kelsey
and Denny

Then on Sunday we had my party with cake, ice cream and presents!

Angela, me, Andrew, Maria and Denny doing a puzzle

According to Jeremy, a dog yawns when he is confused, so a lighted birthday cake must be confusing to Monty

My cousing Andrew lit the candles and helped me blow them out

Paige got me some new Flash cards


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Margaret will be 20 tomorrow

A full weekend of Margaret's favorite things and people.  I will post pictures when I get a minute or 2.  She is still having daily seizures, for the most part, and I did talk with Jeremy the trainer about the video I sent in of what Monty and Emma are doing.  He had some advice, but I think at this point I just don't know if believe either of these dogs will get it.  This morning Monty had to be prompted again.  I tried to ignore Emma, but she is getting it as soon as I ask Monty to bark. 

I have not heard back from the dr in Chicago, so that phone call has to be made again tomorrow.  Soooo frustrating.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

It's been a very tough week

For starters, we have seen more seizures in this past week than we can remember in a LONG time.  All in all, it has made for a tremdous lack of sleep and well being.  Since Jan 25th Margs has had 3 prolonged seizures, 15 minutes or more.  Various and sundry other seizures, and all during sleep.  The prolonged have been during the day, so I was able to video tape and try to get what the dog(s) are doing during a seizure.  Which is nothing without prompting.  Video burned on to a DVD and off to 4 Paws for trainer evaluation to see if there is any fix.  The most recent seizure, brief, but none the less causing the flashlight to be on and magnet to be swiped, was reacted to by Monty with nothing.  As I tried to get him excited and involved, he barely lifted his head from the bed and gave me a look as if I woke his beauty sleep.  This is causing some mild depression in me, since I've been down this road before.  I am letting go as much as I can and letting God.  That is all, at this point, I can do.

As for seizure control, hmm, that is also very hard.  Steve is ready to jump on the more med band wagon, and I am very hesitant.  She does have a cold, so I am pointing to that for the reason.  We shall see in 2 more weeks where we stand.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A shift in authors

Mom is taking over the blogging, in her voice, since she seems to have more to share and vent.

The seizure work with Monty is, well, the same.  I spoke with the trainer last night.  Gonna keep hoping, praying and working on it.  Margs had a 20 minute plus seizure on Monday, in the daylight hours, during her nap.  Both dogs were there, and I had to prompt to bark.  The 2 most confusing things are that I notice no intense sniffing, and when Margs does a "fake" seizure and shakes her arms, he will bark right away, but the real deal, he has to be prompted.  We have to work on letting him figure this out, but its very frustrating.

Here is a picture of Margs and Ashley in August at the Iowa State Fair.  WE love to go and see Hairball.  They are a very silly band from Minneapolis that does 70's and 80's and even current hair band songs.
 They are very good.  One of Margs must do's at the fair is to get her face painted.  That's a rainbow on the right side of her face, and I think on the other side she chose a spider.

Here is Margaret's Dad, Steven being sworn in as Mayor of West Des Moines for his second term.  He's the one on the left.  This happened on Dec. 28, 2010.
Here is Margs Grandma K and her cousin Grace, celebrating Grandma's birthday.  Uncle Craig is cut in 1/2 on the left

Here is the snow outside the door she goes into at school  Notice that it is the same height as the door.  It will take forever for this to melt.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A new year

Just a quick update.  3 seizures over the weekend, on Sat. night at 10pm, one Sunday afternoon at 12:30pm and one Monday am at 4:19.  Nothing from Monty. 

Today after school while I had my snack my Mom had me shake my arms.  He barked, so we kept doing it, shaking, barking and treating.  Silly dog.

He loves the snow.

Happy New Year everyone.