Neurologist Update

Last year, I saw information about the Embrace seizure monitoring watch. I was immediately intrigued, since Colleen’s seizures are “silent,” we can’t really tell if they’re happening. This watch would provide so much ease of mind, especially when she’s sleeping.


Her spikes occur more while she’s sleeping. Last year, we went to the epilepsy monitoring unit at a local hospital for an extended EEG. She was having upwards of 500 spikes in a night. Depakote Sprinkles were added, and it significantly reduced the amount of spikes she was having.

Monday, we drove to her new doctor, and the plan is to wean her off the depakote. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. Not having an EEG, we don’t know how she is doing. But, she isn’t having any seizures, so it is the doctor’s thought that we can wean and see how she does on just keppra.

Already, there has been a pretty significant change in her behavior. Her teachers and therapists didn’t know she had stopped her morning dose, and commented to Jonathan how much more attentive and talkative she was. He of course told them after they commented. It will be interesting to see how she is once she’s fully weaned.

Which brings me back to the watch; Her doctor signed a form so we can try to get the Embrace watch once it is released. You can read more about it here. I don’t know how it will work with Colleen, but I am very eager to get one. For now, we will keep monitoring Colleen and hope for the best.


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