On Mother's Day, Connor had a seizure at YaYa's house and took his first ambulance ride to the Emergency Room. It was determined that he had a febrile(due to rapidly rising fever) seizure and we were sent home with antibiotics. We went to visit Dr. B.(since Dr. J. was unavailable) the next day for a check-up just to make sure all was well and just spent the rest of the day relaxing. That is until he had another seizure. This one was more of a focal type instead of the shaking/jerking. Off to the ER we went again where he received more antibiotics and an anti-seizure medication(diazepam) to take as long as he had fever. We had already made an appointment to see Dr. W., the neurologist in two weeks. We went to see Dr. J. on that Friday and all was well with our big boy. She didn't seem to think it was pneumonia since he was feeling so much better and he never had any congestion, cough, etc. That was confirmed when he broke out in a rash the next week. Roseola?
Fast forward two weeks to our visit with Dr. W. It went pretty much as expected. Connor had an EEG in the office that came back normal and was scheduled for an MRI on June 14th. I was a bit nervous about this since he would have to undergo anesthesia, but he was great. We met with Dr. W. again on the 15th to discuss the findings. Connor was diagnosed with a mild form of Pachygyria.
"Pachygyria is a rare developmental disorder which results from abnormal migration of neurons in the developing brain and nervous system. In pachygyria, the gyri are relatively few and are unusually broad and flat. The condition does not affect the entire brain, and is also known as ‘incomplete lissencephaly.’ Symptoms are variable, but may include seizures, developmental delay, growth failure, small head size, feeding issues and poor muscle control. Most cases are isolated, although autosomal dominant and recessive forms have been described. Treatment is symptomatic and supportive."
It appears that Connor's case is very mild so more than likely we are looking at needing Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Occupational Therapy. He may have some learning difficulties later on and may also develop Epilepsy. I thank God all of these things are treatable and that my sweet boy is still here with me. If you research this diagnosis at all, you will see that cases can be extremely severe and even shorten life expectancy to as little as 2 years. We are so happy this is not the case in our situation. We are now in the process of getting another evaluation to justify adding Physical & Speech Therapy to Connor's IFSP(Individual Family Service Plan). I am also looking into sending his medical information to a specialist in Seattle for review.
SOME GREAT NEWS: Connor has since started taking unsupported steps. The first time was probably around June 1st. He took 8-10 steps in the media room & I got it on video!!!