May -June 98
Enter a new chapter to her life, an option and hope that technology mightprovide a way to cope with the epilepsy. Not a cure, but maybe a means toreduce the frequency and the duration of the seizures that over the yearshave taken their toll on Marsha's memories in the long term and over recentyears effect the short term. (note: Short term memory has improved since areduction in meds after all of the testing was over, which resulted in someimprovement in seizure control). Maybe it will mean an end or a reduction inthe drop episodes that happen all to often with no forewarning what-so-ever.But the option was clear to Marsha and our family. We need to stay focusedon a long term objective of better control for the epilepsy. In this casethe new chapter is the Vagus Nerve Stimulator.
July 28, 1998
August 24, 1998
October 26, 1998
It has been two months since the last Mayo visit. Marsha has had twelvemore seizures during this period, all were partial complex and only oneresulted in a fall (no injury). When the magnet is used it definitelyterminates seizure duration within a few seconds. Marsha's speech andmemory has greatly improved, and her voice is getting better. In an effortto reduce the number of seizures even futher adjustments have been made tothe stimulator. The new ramp up settings are now at 2.00 milliampstriggered every 1.8 minutes at 30 cycles. The wavelenght has been set to 500again. The magnet is set at 2.25 milliamps. The next visit to Mayo will bein late December to see the results. Marsha's meds have remained the samesince the implant operation. Perhaps with a little better control over thenext few months a reduction in meds might be in sight. We still believethat the VNS is a blessing.
P.S. She still has the raspy voice.
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