J a k e

J a k e
at the beach in Destin

Jake's story

July 21st was a normal day, as were the days of summer before. Everything was in it's place. School days were approaching and the family was enjoying the last days by the pool, ignored bedtimes and high popsicle counts.

Then July 22, 2008 came....

Jake had his first seizure. I did not recognize it as such. It was not until he had several more of these "little jerks" and bloody noses that I thought this could be seizure activity. We were scheduled to see a neurologist on August 4th, after going through our pediatrician, however we didn't make it that far. I was awakened August 1st, by Jake in a full seizure (6 minutes long)...he started to turn blue so I called 911....

Here begins our journey......

...we were taken by ambulance to the hospital. Checked in. Released. 3 more grand mal seizures after being released. Checked back in. Sent home 3 days later. Another grand mal, this one lasting a whopping 11 minutes and taken by ambulance again. Stayed at Childrens Dallas for a week. Upping meds, changing meds and mixing meds.
Diagnosis: Epilepsy
Cause: Unknown
We have now found, through some absolutely amazing family and extended family, whom I will NEVER be able to thank enough, the wonderful doctors and nurses at Cook Childrens Hospital in Fort Worth, who are continuing to help us through this. We have had another grand last thursday, and are averaging anywhere from 5-30 seizures (jerks, drops, stares) a day. I was to begin back teaching at Apollo, but am having to put that on hold until the seizures are controlled. Jake is not able to go back to school until he is 30 days seizure free. We are still waiting for that ONE day. Please pray for our family and for little Jake. Although this is not the end of the world, it is a huge hurdle we WILL overcome. Pray for courage for Jake, understanding as parents, good doctors and for the right medicines.

Jake's mom, Christine


Sunday, February 7, 2010

Geaux Saints!

I know, I know. We are typically a Dallas Cowboy loving family. However, while Jake was staying at Cook Children's for a week, the week before Christmas, a little transformation was going on!

One of Jake's favorite nurses/EMT's conducted a little brain warping. (it's very hard to say "favorite" ,as Jake adores everyone at Cook Children's, but Richard is pretty close to the top) Nurse Richard taught Jake to chant Geaux Saints! Richard is a true Cajun' and has an awesome, distinct Cajun' accent to prove it. Jake loved to hear his nurse simply talk to him with his mesmerizing twang. To this day if you ask Jake who he wants to win a football game, any football game, he responds :

"The Saints!"

So, at least for today, this house will be cheering for the New Orleans Saints!

Good news for the day!

Jake has been seizure free since Friday morning!!! No nocturnal tc's!!! I surely hope this 2 day streak lasts! (KNOCK ON WOOD)

Geaux Jake!
Geaux Saints!

Some people are always grumbling
because roses have thorns;
I am thankful
that thorns have roses.
Alphonse Karr

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