Just when things were getting somewhat "Normal" and oddly cozy back in MS... We went back to Children's again to have Brynn's VNS adjusted. We will return in early February to do it again! Praise Abba Father, it was a very easy and productive trip. We are going to wean Depakene, tonight completes our third week!! YAY! I have wanted to try this for some time since he has been maxed out on it for a year now. So far it has been good, only side effect are more myoclonic seizures and cognitive slowing. He has always been refractory and had a "honeymoon" with medications. Once a drug is introduced, he tends to do well on it for a while staying at his "Normal baseline" of 3-4 seizures a week. Then his body gets used to it, his brain figures out a way around the med (whatever the actual cause is) and he begins a steady increase again. Onfi will be his next drug. I have good feelings based on what I have read. Since Brynn has done really well with using Klonopin for Clustering and Ativan for continuous daily clustering, I feel that another benzo may be the answer that will bring long term relief. Hey, it's hope at least... Anything is better than the dreaded "He's never going to be seizure free." I somehow get that, and even accept that now. I remember being so mad that his Neuro even said that. So frustrated that a Dr. could give up... Now I realize that his Dr. never gave up. His point was that in refractory Epilepsy, no medicine is going to stop every seizure. That is what refractory means.
Websters Dictionary Defines REFRACTORY
2) a : resistant to treatment or cure
Reality is, sometimes Epilepsy is just that. "About one-third of people with epilepsy will eventually develop refractory epilepsy. This means that medicines don't work well, or at all, to control the seizures."