Just to warn you...this post is going to be random.
Tomorrow morning we leave for Detroit for Sophie's post-op follow-up appointments. We meet with Dr. Sood (neurosurgeon) on Monday. MRI on Tuesday. And we meet with Dr. Chugani on Wednesday. This is a good visit. A fun visit. We get to tell everyone how WONDERFUL Sophie is doing. That she remains SEIZURE FREE!!! That we had a great weekend. That the behavioral issues seem to be getting better. A LOT BETTER. That Brandon and I compared Sophie to developmental charts and believe she has gained an ENTIRE YEAR in the last 5 1/2 months since surgery. We get to say thank you for NOT taking the easy route. Because Sophie's case was a risk. A risk that a lot of neuros would not take. But my words will fail to truly express my gratitude. But I think they will know. Just by spending a few moments with Sophie.
So...YES...the behavioral issues are subsiding. We (me, Brandon, Debbie, the entire staff that works with Sophie at school) have worked hard to find some sort of method to try to get her to understand the consequences to her action. I think she is finally getting it. HOORAY!!!
And the development...WOW!!! Her vocabulary has gone from maybe around 75 words pre-op to more than 300 words. And she uses them ALL DAY LONG. Even though she had 75 words prior to surgery, she wasn't using them on a consistent basis. You would hear a word here or there. And they were very basic words. Mostly labeling. She didn't really use them to communicate. She is now putting 2 words together on a consistent basis. She knows all the names of her classmates and teachers and will say "hi (insert name)" spontaneously.
We increased her Depakote two weeks ago. She is now on 4ml three times a day. Depakote is also a mood stabilizer. Hmmm...I wonder if this has helped with her behavioral issues because the two events just so happen to coincide. She is also still on Dilantin (1.6ml two times a day). And that is it. No other meds.
Halloween...I never did elaborate on why it was such a wonderful day. I cannot describe in words how much fun we had on Halloween. Sophie got it. This was THE FIRST holiday (or any special occasion) that she understood. She had a death grip on her basket. Once we went to the first few houses, she was ready to trick-or-treat around the whole neighborhood. At one point, she had dropped her basket and her candy spilled out. She looked up at me and said "uh-oh all gone". I picked it all up and she was happy as could be. When prompted, she said "tic-a-tic" and "thank you". But other than that, she did everything on her own. She held her basket out when people offered her candy and then she would turn around and start walking to the next house. Or if they told her to take some candy, she would just take one or two pieces and put them in her basket. The only time she got upset was when we went home.