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Today I’m sitting here on the couch with Lola sprawled out across me. She’s home sick for the second day in a row due to the annual ‘flumageddon’ virus. She gets it every year and this year is clearly no different. While I’m sad she isn’t feeling good, I’m elated with one important aspect of her illness — she hasn’t had any seizures. For most epilepsy sufferers there are underlying causes that can trigger seizures. For Lola they are generally illness (fever or not), physical or cognitive developmental leaps, overexcitement, weight gain, and excessive tiredness. Yesterday marked one week since Lola has had a seizure. While I celebrate this one week seizure free milestone, I am especially hopeful the medicine increase is working because little lady is pretty...
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Where We’re at Today With Epilepsy

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month and for as much as epilepsy has impacted our family, you’d think I could easily write about it. Yet I’m sitting here with a blank screen. I wouldn’t really call it writer’s block since I only show up on this blog every now and then. I think it’s because I try so hard to go on as if epilepsy isn’t part of our life. Like if I don’t acknowledge its presence that maybe it will simply go away. But that’s not fair to Lola and it’s not fair to the readers of this blog. So lets talk about epilepsy and what it means to my family. Today Lola is one month seizure free. This is exciting yet I’m hesitant to share this...
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Our Newly Designed Site – Thanks Babe!

Photos of Lola

As Lola grows, so will our site! Let me start by saying thank you to my amazingly talented husband who redesigned the Say Hola Lola website.  I know it may take some time to get used to the look, the function and the overall layout (believe me…I am not the best at embracing change either), but Say Hola Lola has needed a makeover for many months if not years now.  We decided to go with purple as the primary color for the site as it represents epilepsy (it is also the color behind an organization we love and support called VIPS).  While we will continue to leave resources and past blog posts about West Syndrome/Infantile Spasms on the site, we will no longer tag posts with it as...
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Celebrating Me is Celebrating Being Lola’s Mom

For me, Mother’s Day began on Saturday this year as I was scheduled to work on Sunday. Really, I feel like it’s Mother’s Day every day as my wonderful husband is always sure to make me feel special no matter if it is a holiday or not. Saturday felt like a crisp fall day rather than teetering on the edge of spring. It was chilly and the cloud cover left the sunshine to remain a mystery. Regardless, we bundled up and headed to town to join in on the festivities at Celebrate Irvington Day. The tiny streets were lined up with artists, local businesses and everyone in between. There was a craft sale going on which is where you could find me a good chunk of the morning....
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The Results

On Monday morning, without hesitation I called Lola’s neurologist in hopes to find out the results from her 24 hour Video EEG (VEEG). If you haven’t noticed, I am not a very patient person when it comes to my daughter and the healthcare industry. I want her to be as much of a priority to others as she is to me and I’ve had to realize that there are just certain things (like test results) that can’t be rushed. I spent the morning at work anxiously waiting for the call and it finally came…but unfortunately it was Dr. Zimmer’s nurse and not Dr. Zimmer herself. I’ll come back to why this differentiation is so important. The nurse said she had the preliminary results, but Dr. Zimmer was still...
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