Re: New Pregnant Wife of Epileptic Fearing Surgery
Does he still have cancer or is it just the seizures he's dealing with now? Also, do they know exactly where the seizures are starting? I had a couple febrile convulsions when I was teething (about 10 months and 18 months old). After that, I was fine until I was 10 years old and hit puberty. From age 10 to age 30 I had seizures. I tried several different anticonvulsants over the years but they made things worse, not better. I finally came across some info on surgery to correct seizure problems and talked to a doctor about it. They were able to determine that my seizures were starting from an area of scar tissue that they assume was a result of the convulsions years earlier. I can't say much about a hemispherectomy but about four years ago I underwent a right temporal lobectomy to remove the area of scar tissue. This was definitely the right choice! I still have auras if I let my blood sugar get too low, don't get enough sleep, etc. but haven't had a full-blown seizure since right before they did the surgery. I was in the hospital for about five days after surgery. The people at church were surprised to see me there a week or two after surgery. It took a few months to heal but I got back to normal (actually better than normal for me) very quickly. In fact, my life has been crazy in a good way since the surgery. Nine months after surgery, I got married. And two months after that, I got pregnant. I am now happily married with two kids and haven't had a full-blown seizure in over four years. I know the idea of brain surgery is scary and when your pregnant even small things can seem overwhelming, let alone big things. Hopefully my situation brings you at least a little encouragement.