...a mix of laughs, smiles, thoughts and trials from Neavey's days...
Saturday, October 10, 2009
New Feeding Smock
One of Neavey's honorary grandmothers, Linda, made this feeding smock from some sketches, an old smock about 10 times smaller and some materials I sent plus some from her own stash. It is working out great. Now we only need about 10 more.
Her neurologist would tell you she has cryptogenic generalized epilepsy. It's not so much a diagnosis but a state or a condition. What does it mean? Neavey has complex partial seizures and generalized seizures. They originate generally in any part of the brain. And the kicker is...we don't know why she has them, or why we can't control them completely.
And it would seem they have no relationship to her severe developmental delays which include no receptive or expressive language. She cannot take care of herself in any way. Once upon a time (when she was a normally developing 3 month old- sans the seizures that started at that time) her father (Karl) and I were told that she would most likely grow out of it by age 5. If you're new to Neavey's story, her father and I are divorced. Although I wish I had her with me more of the time we do have a 50/50 joint custody arrangement.
No one can explain why Neavey is but I know what she is. She's the love of our life. We want to share her with any part of the world that can bear it. So, we will always bathe her, and feed her, stretch her legs, fix her hair, soothe her after big scary seizures, and a zillion other things... but most of all we will love her.