On the morning of Thursday, August 4, Vlad was brought into Brenner Children's Hospital for having a seizure. He has never had seizures prior to that day, so, as you can imagine, it was very scary for all of us. He was already sick with strep throat, that he was diagnosed with days before, so I initially thought that the seizure activity was due to fever.
Once we were in the ER, the seizures continued to occur into the evening. He was later moved into the Pediatric ICU, where they hooked him up to an EEG and started to monitor his brain activity around the clock. The EEG showed that he was still having subclinical seizures, that we couldn't outwardly see, so he continued to be medicated with many different medications to stop the seizures. Eventually, he was put into a coma state, with hopes of allowing his brain to rest and eventually be "reset".
All the while, there have been many specialists and doctors working hard to try to find the root of the seizures. He has undergone many tests, such as lumbar punctures, MRIs, CT scans, and extensive blood tests. As of right now, nobody is sure what the cause of all of this is or really how to fix it. The MRIs and CT scans have come back clear, which is promising. Blood tests have concluded that common infections have been ruled out as a cause.
After a few days, the doctors tried to start to bring Vlad out of the coma to see how his brain would respond. Unfortunately, he showed signs of seizures beginning again, and to protect him from chances of permanent brain injury, he was put back into the coma state. Neurology is exploring many different possibilities, some of which could take weeks or more to come up with answers. Right now, we just have to patiently wait and give Vlad's brain a chance to rest and hopefully reset. No one is quite sure how long we have to wait, or what the outcome may be from all of this.
Right now, we just ask that everyone send as much positive energy, prayers, thoughts, whatever you believe in, to Vlad for total healing. Thank you all, very much in advance. We will be updating the site as much as possible, for family and friends to check in on how everything is progressing.