Thursday, September 8, 2011

Update Thursday night 9/8

Dale had a good day today although he was rather tired.  From what the doctors say, having any kind of overactive brain activity causes exhaustion.  The neurologist came to see Dale at breakfast this morning.  He performed all sorts of visual and sensory tests and asked pertinent questions.  He informed us that the EEG results were normal; there were no signs of seizure visible on the readout.  He reiterated the decision not to formally call it a seizure because Dale has not been diagnosed with epilepsy, nor does he have a "history" of seizures.  The doctor said he likes to call them "events" and that this is indeed just a result of the traumatic brain injury Dale sustained.  He said the event is just a symptom of what the brain is going through while Dale is healing; the seizure itself is not doing further injury to Dale's brain.  PRAISE THE LORD!!!  We asked for them not to put another IV in Dale or begin anti-seizure meds because we feel these are just isolated events, not something worth the side effects that anti-seizure meds may cause.  At first, the doctors were going to insist on beginning meds just in case, but this morning the neurologist agreed with our decision, saying he did not want to medicate just yet.  Of course, should Dale suffer another episode in the next few days, that would change how we proceed.

Today, despite being somewhat tired, Dale got to go on an outing to Baskin Robbins!  This had already been planned and was actually a bit of a reward for continuing to work hard today after yesterday's drama.  He stared at all the choices for a long time but was finally able to decide on mint chocolate chip---which he managed to say (mouth) to the server!  Again, praise the Lord for small/BIG things.  We are looking forward to each day just waiting to see what our God is going to do next.

Galatians 1:3-5  "Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father, To whom be glory for ever and ever.  Amen."   


  1. Hello,
    Our families do not know each other, but I have been following Dale´s development since day 1. I do not want to create a false hope because I am not a doctor, but I see Dale´s brain damage as minor. I had also a minor brain damage when I was young and also had “events”. Those events caused me excruciating headaches and dizziness. But everything changed when puberty arrived: every stopped and I have not had any “event” since. Also my wife´s nephew (not genetically related to me) had events that caused him sight problems, but puberty also healed him. Dale´s puberty is around the corner. Who knows, maybe with all the changes in his body his brain is changed too.
    My best wishes.

  2. After my brain tumor & cyst removal, I had fainting/passing out episodes that were tied to my wacky blood pressure. God has healed me of this despite my sometimes wacky blood pressure. Look for other signs that may coincide with these episodes! Blessing to you!