Now that James has been in the hospital for a few days, there are some positive news coming from all of this. I spoke with him this afternoon and this evening and the doctor has ordered a second MRI scan as well as the CT scan. The CT scan will allow them to use the dye test to see exactly where the seizures are originating from. It turns out that the best option for him will be to undergo brain surgery to remove the part of the brain that is causing the seizures.
While for some of us it seems like a scary thought, James seems pretty confident that he wants to undergo the surgery so that he can get over the seizures once and for all. His doctor told him that there’s a very high chance that it will stop the seizures. This doctor is world-renowned in his field and has published many papers on the subject of epilepsy and brain surgery.
Overall, we are all just thankful that after this long period of time trying to get things figured out and get to the bottom of what is causing the seizures, it is finally happening. The doctor in Saskatoon seems to be taking James’ situation very seriously. He will be phoning me sometime tomorrow apparently, to fill me in on the details. This will give me a chance to see how everything is actually going because James is a little bit give me with details when I am talking to him.
In addition to the possible surgery, his medication has already been changed. He will be on one original medication, the trileptal, and 1 new medication. Honestly, I am not surprised that the trileptal is the one that he is keeping because for my own observations it was the only one of his for medications that seemed to do any good. It is the only one that clearly stopped seizures. We found this out the hard way a couple of times when we ran out of pills. He had lots of seizures but once the trileptal was in his system they stopped.
Anyway, a teachers work is never done, and I have more assignments to finish correcting. I will have a better update tomorrow.