Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Tweaking the meds

We're trying to get the right mix of anti epileptic meds to get seizure control and minimize side effects, which is quite a tricky balance. Hollis has been very tired lately and also has some tremors, both of which can be side effects of some of her meds. She's had a few blood draws over the last few days to check her levels to see what's going on in the whole system. We're fortunate enough to have a great neurologist who goes into great detail about all the interactions, how the drugs break down, flow through the blood, get stored and released in fat, make their way up to the brain etc. I always feel like a med student coming out of one those appointments. Hollis has 3 or 4 doctors who are like this, that give us a full picture of what we're dealing with in their particular area of expertise. I am always grateful that these men and women will take the time to do this, because we have certainly run across others who are anxious to get us out the door. The more we know, the better we can care for her overall needs.