Posted in MEDICAL, MIGUEL'S JOURNAL

The brain is an amazing thing

Miguel suffered from multiple seizures again. He had to be hospitalized because his oxygen level dropped too low and he seized in his sleep. This seizure while sleeping is something new to us. So, the doctors wanted to monitor his vitals closely.

We spent the night in the hospital with no seizures. The doctors decided to let us go home the following day. It was a relief for both me and Miguel since we weren’t able to sleep in the hospital that night.

When we came home, Miguel refused to be fed through his g-tube. I knew he didn’t want it because when I was putting his mic-key extension on, he pushed my hand away. I did it again and he responded the same way. So, I figured he didn’t want me to touch his g-tube.

I thought, he would starve. The g-tube was there because he couldn’t feed by mouth without aspirating. So, reluctantly, I tried giving him his formula through a sippy cup. He took one sip, then another and another. He didn’t stop until he finished all 250 ml! He didn’t aspirate or throw up. And just like that, we said goodbye to g-tube feeding. Just like that.

This scenario is all too familiar for me. Last year, he also had a series of seizures and he was hospitalized for three weeks. His seizures were worse that we almost lost him.  Those weeks meant very little rest because I had to make sure he didn’t get tangled up with the many wires connected to his tiny body.

But after that ordeal, when we came home, Miguel amazed us with a new skill. Days after coming home from the hospital, I saw him sitting up (which he couldn’t do before the seizures). He was sitting up unassisted. We were all amazed: his doctors and his therapists.

His pediatrician told me this is something she has never seen in her years of medical practice: seizures bringing about new skills to a developmentally delayed child. Most often than not, seizures impact cognitive abilities in a negative way. It’s either the child loses some skill or not gain any new one. Miguel’s case is certainly intriguing.

Well, it could perhaps be just a coincidence. But it could also mean one thing: the brain is such an amazing thing!

 

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Enjoying the “now”

IMG_1254I’ve not written a blog entry nor have I updated my journal for about a couple of months now. It’s not that I lost the urge to write. But because I’ve been busy enjoying this period of calm.

Miguel has been relatively healthy for the past six months. No seizures and no hospital visits (except for that time when his g-tube was accidentally pulled out). We are slowly getting to the rhythm of our routine. I also find myself having more “me time” these days. Time for reflection and meditation.

Looking back to when things seemed to be hopeless, I realize that those dark days made the present brighter. They also made me more content and happy with what we have. I’ve been more convinced that there is no point in wishing that things could be different but instead be thankful for the little blessings that come.

For us with a special needs child, life is living one day at a time. There are only short-term plans. It’s enjoying the moment, appreciating the “now.”

Miguel is turning three in September. Time sure flies fast. He’s not yet walking nor talking. But it’s alright. We know he’ll get there. He will.