I just wanted to clarify something in response to one of the comments posted. The neurologist doesn't believe that Gavin may have had damage to his brain due to the seizures. The seizures were probably a result of damage done to Gavin's body when he was so dehydrated and sick back in April. Sometimes seizures come about when your brain has had damage done to it. This is most likely the case with Gavin. This does not mean that the 'damage' will be permanent, but when they did a CAT scan they did see white areas on the brain, which shows something to be abnormal on the brain. This could be from the extreme dehydration he suffered from or it could be from being put on heart bypass several times during surgery. In either case, he could recover from this, or not.
I'm sorry to those who might get offended by the term brain damage! I definately don't mean to offend anyone! But, that is what it is.....damage to the brain. It does not offend me at all. Maybe that is because of my schooling as a nurse. It's just a medical term. As for our neurologist, we think he's doing a good job and we very much appreciate his honesty with us! I like ALL the facts! No surprises for me please! Just ask my mom! She threw me a couple of surprise parties in the past and I hated being surprised! I did appreciate the effort though, Mom! :) Anyway, I tell most of Gavin's doctors to tell it like it is! In fact I almost switched cardiologists because he was a "cup half full" kind of doctor and didn't share all of his thoughts about Gavin's situation because of it. That was his explaination to me. I like to be prepared as well as I can be and if that means the doctor says something to me that doesn't sound good, I don't care! I appreciate the honesty! I also know that what they say may not be the case in the future with Gavin. Gavin has surprised so many doctors with the progress he has made! I also know that doctors are human and make mistakes, plus our bodies are very complex! What an Awesome God we have!!! One more thing I know is that God is Gavin's true physician and He alone is taking care of Gavin and all of us! We are very blessed that God gives health professionals these gifts to be able to treat our awesome bodies! I am thankful to all that have been able to get Gavin to as far as he has come! Wow! Did I ramble, or what?! Anyway, just wanted to clarify a couple things!
Also, Gavin is still having issues with gagging. Some days aren't bad at all and other days are. We are so thankful for the good days!
Thanks for your comments, prayers and support! God has blessed us with you! Look for new pictures on the carepage site!
Love Alicia and Family