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Browsing the "neurologist" Tag

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Seizure drugs: Where is our jetpack?

I’ve been on anti-seizure drugs for nearly six years. It only took the first two years to try out seven different medications that would ultimately land me on my current recipe of 3,000 mg of Keppra and 200 mg of [...]

July 22, 2014 Surviving
The Collosseum in Rome, Italy.

Traveling with brain cancer and epilepsy

I just returned from a trip to Rome! (Hence the lack of posts.) Yay! It was my first time out of the country, except for a day trip I took to Tijuana when I was seven. But that doesn’t count. And [...]

October 4, 2011 Surviving
Oops

Oops

I short-changed my Keppra dosing this week by mistake. I’m supposed to have 1,500mg in the morning and 2,000mg in the evening, but I must have filled up my Old Man Pill Case wrong. All this week I’ve been taking [...]

February 26, 2011 In Treatment
Five-dollar word: electroencephalography

Five-dollar word: electroencephalography

In an earlier post I mentioned my neurologist was thinking about having me hooked up to an EEG thing-y. According to Wikipedia, “Electroencephalography (EEG) is the recording of electrical activity along the scalp produced by the firing of neurons within [...]

January 29, 2011 In Treatment
A recent interaction between the neurologist and me

A recent interaction between the neurologist and me

Dr. G.P., Twice this week I experienced an odd sensation. I don’t think I was having a seizure because I didn’t have an aura and I didn’t have any Jacksonian-march sensations characteristic of all other seizures I’ve had. What happens [...]

January 27, 2011 In Treatment
Laughing in the face of the “worst-case scenario”

Laughing in the face of the “worst-case scenario”

Hey, everyone. I have a new $5 word for you: nystagmus. Now, before you run off to look it up on Wikipedia, give me a chance to tell my story. Over the past six weeks I have been experiencing a [...]

December 28, 2010 In Treatment
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Mystery solved

Well, well, well. It turns out that the shaking/tremor sensation I was experiencing was neither tumor or seizure-related. My neurologist and Super Awesome Nurse were able to deduce this because the tremors were in both hands, as opposed to materializing in [...]

July 26, 2010 In Treatment
Sacks is the man

Sacks is the man

I just started reading The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by world-renowned neurologist and author Oliver Sacks. If you have a brain-related malady or are just fascinated with the mind, Sacks’ books are intriguing, educational, and easy [...]

June 12, 2010 In Treatment
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This is the first doctor who knew I had a brain tumor

Here he is. The head of Kaiser neurology in Roseville, California… the doctor who told me I was going to have a brain surgery… the man who prescribed me the medical mantra: First save your life. Then worry about everything [...]

April 17, 2010 In Treatment
Partial seizure? I can deal

Partial seizure? I can deal

I forgot to mention that I had a simple partial seizure on Dec. 9. I was on the computer (probably using Facebook or something equally time-wasting) when suddenly my right hand felt like it didn’t belong to me. I’ve had [...]

December 29, 2009 In Treatment
Not so bad

Not so bad

Dr. P says, Thanks for the update Liz. I don’t recommend any change in regimen at this time. These events will happen from time to time. Whew. [...]

June 8, 2009 In Treatment
Putting the "point" in appointment

Putting the "point" in appointment

From me to my neurologist: Dr. Palma, Thanks for seeing me today. I left the office without asking you an important question: will you allow me to drive a car?! It has been 9 months since I last lost consciousness [...]

May 18, 2009 In Treatment