Happy Days

We have been enjoying many happy days over the last month. The increase in Gabby’s Trileptal seems to have helped the disorientation and shakiness she was having upon awakening. We completed a 72 hour ambulatory EEG last week but do not yet have the results. We noted one episode during the recording when Gabby was shivering slightly upon awakening. She was still responsive and her diaper had leaked so she was damp. I guess it wouldn’t be out of the question that it could have been some ordinary shivering on a cold morning after just awakening in damp PJ’s. However, once you involuntarily become seizure experts as we have, something like this is definitely considered suspicious. So we will wait and see what her little brain waves look like these days.

Outwardly, Gabby has been behaving in the most encouraging ways. She is counting to ten, identifying letters and colors, singing the lyrics to many songs, using the mouse to navigate websites like www.starfall.com, and she loves “reading” books.

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Amazing Christmas!

Gabrielle and all the rest of us had an amazing Christmas! Gabby loved attending the Christmas Eve service at our church. In fact she was so full of spunk that evening I had to bring her to the back of the sanctuary for a while so we didn’t disturb others. She was calling out the name of every child she saw and saying “hi” to them. Following the service she ran around with the other children and had a ball! You would have never guessed she had been “off” a few weeks earlier.

Christmas morning she received an Elmo Live doll. When Gabby opened this gift she was thrilled. She thought Elmo had literally come over to play with her. Unfortunately, Makinley was equally intrigued by the little red guy so there were a lot of tears when Gabrielle refused to share her new friend. We hid Elmo for awhile when the girls went down for their naps.

Later on in the day Uncle Russ and Aunt Nancy came over which Gabby was super excited about. If you asked her, “Whose birthday is today?” she responded, “Jesus”. She loved singing “Happy Birthday” and helping to blow out the candles.

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