Monday, April 25, 2011


I think she thought we were there to play....

photo session

they gave her this sweet little bear to play with while she was being poked and prodded

I hate gettting blood taken - needles make me ill!

LOOK at this on my sweet baby's arm - wow - it was a lot of tubes

she was a brave little girl - she didn't like it on her arm but she didn't complain.....


but then they gave her the sedative and she was OUT!

trying to wake up but not quite strong enough to lift her head!

Juice to make sure she was feeling alright

She walked out to the car all on her own (she looked a little tipsy and was VERY happy)

Most of you know that Annabelle has been diagnosed with epilepsy - her seizures are very minor in comparison - mostly they are slumps and baby tremors - usually triggered by being picked up (i have NO idea how that triggers them) we have been consulting with neurologists to get them under control and either have horrible side effects to the meds (she was in a fog and VERY whiney on keppra) or no great result getting them to stop - we are afraid they are going to cause memory loss and/or her ability to learn will be affected - after getting off of keppra she learned where the "A" on the braille writer is and moving on to the "N"!!!

soooooo we had an MRI done to try and figure out what is going on....I was very nervous considering they had to sedate her to get this done but the wonderful nurse on the phone reassured me that she would be ok and i could trust them so off we went - WOW were they right - the nurses were AMAZING - they were very patient with ME (annie was very good and calm) obviously i took lots of pictures. They knew what they were doing and how to do it with the least amount of trauma to Annie and me.....we were in and out in less than 2 hours! she was up and walking within 20 minutes of being out of sedation....we won't get the results of the MRI until we meet with the neurologist in May and can discuss what the next best route is but we have the MRI out of the way and I can't say enough about MUSC!!! it was wonderful (IF you can get past the fact that your sweet 7 yo with epilepsy has to have an mri - which i'm still a little miffed about)

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Donna said...

Ohhhhhhhh! Our boys have been sedated too - it is SO hard knowing that we are "volunteering" to do that to our babies! So proud of you Mommy! She looks so darn cute and she did seem to take it all in stride! Praying for results - I know no experience with epilesy (sp?), but can't imagine anything "small or big" being fun about it. And HOLLA on the "A"! ;-)

Mari said...

Our poor Annabelle! (And poor Dena too!) I have some idea what this is like because of Heather - but she was older when diagnosed. Glad it went well.

Kathy said...

Poor Annie and Mommy! I hope you get good results and answers.

Cheri said...

I'm sorry both of you had to go through that. Tests are never fun. You can blame this on our family- I have epilepsy too! She's in good company :)

Terri said...

Dave's niece is going through this with her daughter too. MRI's and testing- it's a lot. They just got a handicapped unit on the army base too. Glad Annie did well for hers.

LeslieW. said...

What a brave girl! I hope you get some good news and I am glad to see you are blogging again! xoxo, Les