The Daughter Chronicles

Sunday, August 20, 2006

As usual, good news/bad news with Mia

The good news is that Mia is off her Tegretol. As I mentioned, we've been slowly lowering her dosage, and this past Friday was her last day on it. She hasn't had any more seizures, which is a good thing, and we're going to keep an eye on her for the next few months as the drugs that were in her system get out. She's still on her other two drugs, so I don't foresee a problem.

However, we're a bit concerned about one of the other drugs she is one, Keppra. One of its side effects is nervousness, and Mia has been a wee bit weird recently. Not enough to make us too upset, but still, enough to make us wonder if the Keppra is making her act up a bit. Maybe the Tegretol was dampening the effects of the Keppra. We'll see. She's been a bit more touchy recently emotionally. If I get the tiniest bit stern with her, she starts crying. And a few times, I haven't even gotten stern with her. Today I sat down during lunch, held her cup up for her, and asked her to take a drink. She started crying, and when she cries, she wails, and we just have to leave her alone until she calms down. When I give her medicine at lunch, she starts to get upset as well, and she has started dribbling it out of her mouth to the point where I have begun giving it to her when she's lying in bed. At breakfast she's fine, but at lunch she's a mess, and I don't know why. So we're keeping an eye on that, because we may have to call her doctor and see what's going on.

It's a minor thing, because her personality hasn't changed completely and the "side effect," if that is indeed what it is, is minor - so far. She just seems more jumpy, and that's no good. As usual with Mia, anything good is tempered by something not as good. We hope she's just being weird. Maybe school will help.


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