Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Casey Cochran: SIU - Part II

This was October of 2007:
And this was last week:
Oh, we just love visiting our friends at Baptist Hospital in the Seizure Investigation Unit. Apparently, they like seeing us, too. We had the same nurse to put in Casey's IV again, and several of the techs were there from last time, too. One of my favorites, Adam, even hunted down a cot for me to sleep on when no one else would look for one. What a guy. :) We were only there for 24-hour monitoring this time, so it was a quick trip. Casey was sleep deprived and didn't take any of his normal medication, so it was a rough 24 hours for him. I actually slept pretty well (thanks to Mom who kept Abby for us!), but I felt really guilty about it when I woke up and saw Casey. Sorry, honey!

We went back to the neurologist this afternoon to hear the very frustrating results. The brain activity looks exactly the same as it did before, but the physical activity is notably different. The neurologist still thinks this is stress related, but he was also very concerned that our pharmacy had switched Casey to the generic form of his primary seizure medication. Apparently, they've had a lot of issues with that in other patients. He wrote a new prescription for Casey saying that it was medically necessary for him to take the brand name pill, and we are very hopeful that this will make a difference. Only time will tell, I guess. In the mean time, we are really hoping he can get back to work soon and life can get back to normal... whatever that means. :)

As a happy side note, my baby will be 7 months old tomorrow, and she is getting into everything! She can now crawl all over the house, and she pulls up on anything that is in reach. At every meal, she eats like she has never been fed before--you'd think we were starving the girl! She loves to feed herself those Gerber Puffs, and she is now a pro with the sippy cup. If you have a cup of water, be prepared to share--she thinks she's big stuff now! Here's the latest picture of my (not-so-little) baby girl:

Yes, she did get there all by herself. Those little arms can reach a lot farther than you'd think!

6 comments:

Aunt Donna said...

Oh, poor Casey. I do hope switching back to the branded medicine will help him. Those seizures can't be fun to deal with.

Abby looks like a litle doll standing there beside that chair. She thinks she is "big stuff," huh! Love you all and can't wait to see you sometime soon.

Mom said...

I'm so sorry Casey had to go through all that again (and you, too!) but I sure did love my time with Abby! Such an angel...

Aunt Kathy said...

I do hope that you all find out what will help Casey. So sorry you are going through this. Abby-doll is amazing! She's about the cutest thing I've ever seen. Love you all so much and can't wait for the next visit to see you.

Anonymous said...

I too am very concerned for Casey and hope that he will improve. Abby is just a delightful little girl; she makes me smile just to look at her. Mamaw

elizabeth said...

Wow...she is ADORABLE!!! Hope Casey's new med change will help.

Anonymous said...

Hey, You probably don't remember me, but I'm a friend of Casey's from DXD. I just wanted to comment and say that I know (at least somewhat) what you're going through as I have been through the same with my wife (seizures too). I know the frustration of not knowing what's wrong and getting the same answers from the doctors about stress, etc. Y'all are definitely in my prayers as I know how tough it is and just want to encourage you to hang in there-Eventually something has to give. I know sometimes it must seem like things can't get any worse, but God is faithful, just not always in our timing. I pray that God will bless you immensely and that the doctors will soon be able to find the answers y'all need so desperately and that you will be blessed with extra strength and energy when you need it most. God bless both of you! Tell Casey Hi!!
-Danny Crowell