1. Renn passed Kindergarten!! We were so very worried right about the time Spring Break came along that he wasn't keeping up with the rest of his classmates. But, boy were we ever wrong! He got THREE awards: The Spelling Bee Award, ABC award, and the Principal's Medallion for Reading (yes, this made his writer momma PROUD)!
3. I started using SeizureTracker to gain perspective on what's going on with him. It's GREAT! For anyone who is dealing with Epilepsy in any capacity, I HIGHLY recommend it! I have the app for my phone (it's for iPhone/iPad only... Sorry!), so I am able to not only time each seizure, but also record video and attach notes about the entire event. It's heaven, because it gives me the idea that I have some control. I know I don't but, hey... It helps keep me sane and I'm all about sanity right now.
4. Renn's Neuropsychological testing went quite well! Haven't gotten the results back, but it was very interesting to learn that Epilepsy has definitely been the cause of his behavioral immaturity. I want to dive into this more, so I will come back with a designated post, when we get his results.
5. On July 3rd, Renn will be going in for something called a Single-photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) scan. What will happen is when he has a seizure, they will inject him with a radioisotope that will follow his bloodstream to where the seizure is coming from. It will then provide the doctors with a better, 3D imaging information, as well as a cross-sectional view of what's going on in his brain when he has a seizure AND just precisely the spot where the seizures are coming from. If he doesn't have a seizure (which is my #1 fear), the test is useless. The isotope expires after four hours of being made. Ugh.
After the SPECT scan, he will be admitted for yet ANOTHER Video EEG, and on July 5th, he will endure an in-depth MRI as well as a brain perfusion. I'm not sure when we will be going home, but I'd imagine it would be on the 5th or 6th.
6. Last, but not least, I have started a Facebook support group for mothers who have kiddos with Epilepsy. If you, or someone you know is a momma with a child (no matter the age) with Epilepsy, feel free to join!
It's been a crazy school year, filled with more ups and downs than I'm willing to admit. But Renn has grown so much! We are going to continue this journey with him, as always... And as we prepare for the dreaded surgery day, we are thankful to have each and every one of you with us.