BENEFITING: Epilepsy Foundation of Metropolitan New York
Donovan Jimenez wrote -
RAISING MONEY FOR EPILEPSY AWARENES!
SEIZURE FREE SINCE APRIL 12,2014 AND COUNTING!!
Donovan's new combination of meds seem to be working!! Everyday we wake up is a new a new adventure making sure we take ALL our meds on time. He is still on a cocktail of meds that make him tired and some times frustrated. Not allowing Epilepsy to stop him in anyway. Thank you to Dr. Goldberg and Dr. Devinsky (F.A.C.E.S FINDING A CURE FOR EPILEPSY and SEIZURES) who continue to find ways to Help Donovan live a "NORMAL LIFE". KINDERGARTEN HERE WE COME!!
OUR STORY 11/9/2013
On June 10th 2009 our beautiful baby boy was born! From day one he has brought so much joy,love and laughter to our family. On January 7th 2013 Donovan had his 1st seizure which was diagnosed as "nothing". After spending 4 days in the hospital, C.A.T scan, MRI, and a 4 day EEG, Everything tested normal! 7 weeks later he made some funny noises, therefore we took him to a different E.R. There we were told that the noises he was making were actually seizures. He had 7 seizures which was followed by another 5 day stay and a 5 day EEG, which was also normal and showed no signs of seizures. We decided to start him on medication.
The Medication did not work well with him and we took him off after 6 weeks, after doing 4 more EEG's which showed "Nothing". On June 5th he had another cluster of seizures which for him on the day that he seizes consist of 3 to 10 clusters. In the E.R. he had a 20 mintue seizure that the doctors were unable to control giving him so much medication that he was in ICU for 5 days along with an EEG, another MRI , EKG, ECHO exam and lots of blood work, again everything was normal. This time we tried another medication.
On August 13 he seized right through the meds. He was hospitalized for the rest of the month. He was then put on more meds totaling his meds to 15 pills a day.
On September 28th he had another cluster of seizures which landed him back in the hospital for 6 more days and more blood work. Another 6 day EEG and still "Nothing". He is now on another combination of meds. Unfortunetely the meds have started attacking his liver and kidneys. He has filled a total of approx. 72 tubes of blood, 13 EEG's, 2 MRI's and a lot more tests. They have only been able to see one seizure on the EEG. The Doctors have diagnosed him with Complex Partial Epilepsy but we still don't know what triggers his cluster of seizures. We are very fortunate that we have a great team of Doctors that will stop at nothing to get more answers!!!
Despite all of this he continues to be an amazing big brother to his 3 year old sister Gianna. She is his biggest fan and her only wish is that her brother doesn't have to go back to the hospital again. He is so Smart, Brave,Sweet,Funny and Caring. Enjoys school, playing with his friends and making everyone laugh. He loves to entertain everyone with his singing and dancing. Looking at him you would never know how much he has been through, He Has Never Lost His Smile!!! : )