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Alex is starting to have more frequent absence Siezures

Posted by 4pawsforalex on March 11, 2009 at 10:37 PM

Hi Folks,

     We just added a few vidoes of Honor playing in the snow.  Also recently Alex has started having more frequent absence seizures.  What is an absence seizure you ask.  When Alex has an absence seizure he will often "blank out" anywhere from a few seconds to 30-40 seconds at a time. During this time, Alex doesn't seem to hear his teacher/or us call his name, he usually blinks repetitively, and his eyes may roll up a bit. During shorter seizures, he just stares. Then he continues on as if nothing happened.  We have been on the lookout for this type of seizure but sometimes they can go un-noticed.

     Honor wasn't trained for absence seizures so he is mainly there for companionship during the postictal period (a time duration after a seizure) after all we would not want him to bark for every absence seizure at school for example as he may have several a day and it may be distracting and disturbing.  however we would have no problems with him barking for a typical tonic-clonic seizre (Shaking type).

     We will be going to Childrens Hospital (Boston in April and we ave already arranged to get an EEG (Brain Scan) while we are there to see if his spike waves are still indicative of his previous seizure types and depending on those results we may opt for an overnight monitor session.

     With Epilepsy life is very un-predictable.  Any little bug/cold could greatly affect Alex's seizure threshold and may increase his seizure activity abruptly and without warning.

     Well that is all for tonight.

Alex's Dad.

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