The Daughter Chronicles

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Mommas, don't let your babies grow up to be medicated

Mia saw her neurologist today. Her neurologist is Dr. Allen Kaplan, who apparently has a pretty good reputation around town. He's a very nice man, but he's a little overworked, and we had to get in to see him before he went on vacation for a couple of weeks. We went to the hospital and, naturally, sat around for a while. Mia is amazingly patient, and she just sat around screeching happily and drinking juice. When Dr. Kaplan came in, he checked her eyes to make sure she was following objects fine, and we told him she was having worse seizures recently. We aren't sure if it's because of the hyperbaric oxygen treatment she's been receiving lately (and I will have a long post on oxygen treatment soon), which is supposed to possibly increase seizure activity, and he said it's possible. So she has to get a blood test to check her Tegretol levels (Tegretol is her anti-seizure medication) and an EEG. Fun stuff. I hate medicating my child, and would encourage all you parents out there to try anything before doing it. If her levels are too small, we have to increase her medication. Blech.

Update on her vitals: she's 32 pounds and 37 inches long. A girl in the elevator going down after her appointment thought she was 4 years old and refused to believe us when we told her she was 2 1/2. I don't know if she's tall for her age, but some tell us she is.

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