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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Charlotte's Web First Two Weeks

Piper had her first dose of CW on October 24. We are hoping this is a date we will always remember, a date that replaces the anniversary of the onset of seizures, and other things we would like to forget. To be honest the first two weeks have been rocky. The day after her first dose, I started having symptoms of a stomach bug. Piper did not seem to have any symptoms so I figured it was something I ate. After the initial dose, I didn't see any immediate changes except she was a little sleepier than normal. The next day she looked terrible and had symptoms of a stomach bug too. She slept more than I have seen her sleep in a very long time. I hoped it was the new medicine calming her down and letting her get some rest but it seemed she was just her fighting off a virus. It took five days for her to start feeling better and then she had three excellent days! Halloween was the best day she has every had in her life. She was smiling, giggling and playing all day. She was very aware and responsive to us. I think she was excited to finally have her dada home. She also had the closest to a seizure free day that we have ever seen, she only had on single spasm!  We haven't had that kind of hope in a very long time.

Since Halloween we have had a rough time. We noticed that she was cutting a molar and started seeing an increase in seizure activity. Teething has always been a trigger of seizures but it has been almost a year since she had a tooth come in so we don't remember how bad it is. Seizures have been all of the place and we have seen some pretty rough ones. We have seen tonic "typical" seizures that we rarely ever see. She had 5 in one day and that never happens. We normally see 1-2 tonic seizures a month. We have used "rescue" diazepam multiple times to help her body get a break from the seizures. We noticed three days ago that she has another tooth coming in as well!We are praying that teething is the cause of all of the bad seizure activity and that she will get over it soon. We have heard from a few doctors and the dentist that teething is a developmental milestone. The interesting thing is right after we started CBD oil she has an influx of teeth appearing and we are curious if there is a correlation.

 Since we have so many additional factors like sickness and teething it has been hard to see how well  the medicine is working. We do know that she has never had a seizure free day and she was very close and that is very promising. When she had a break between being sick and teething she has some really good days so we think the medicine is helping but we won't be able to tell how well until she feels better. She is still on a low dose and we will be increasing to her full dose over the next two weeks. We have talked to a few families who saw results after 4-6 months of adjusting dose and weaning pharmaceuticals and this may be the case for Piper.

We have been involved in getting our story out to the public. We were contacted by a reporter from the Salt Lake City Tribune about a week before we started treatment. She was interested in doing a story about us and wanted to fly in to Denver ASAP to interview us. She actually was able to be here for Piper's first dose of the oil and did an interview. The story should run tomorrow and we will send out the link for everyone to read. We also were able to participate in an interview done by the local news in Denver. All of the families who are involved with the Realm of Caring met at the grow and were able to tour the grow houses and see the plants. While we were being interviewed Piper had a seizure on camera and made the news lady cry. I guess it was the right time to have one since they are trying to show people how desperately our children need this treatment.

We continue to pray and have hope that we are doing the right thing for Piper. Even if it doesn't help her as much as we want we have seen how much it has helped other children. I sat next to Charlotte Figi at dinner the other night and could not take my eyes off of her. It is truly amazing what this oil has done for her. She was talking, playing and fed herself dinner. To see where she was in the videos at her worst point and to see her in person, thriving, was truly amazing. We hope that we can at least spread the word about this treatment so that one day every sick child has a chance to try it without having to move across the country.

1 comment:

  1. I came across your story in the Salt Lake City newspaper online, and just want to say my hopes and prayers are with you and little Piper. I have a 10 month old son, and know firsthand the love and hopes a parent can have for their child. I hope this treatment is a step, no matter how small, to better and better things for your sweet daughter. God bless

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