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April 21, 2009

There's something happenin' here...

Last night, Jade had a temper tantrum - a real, honest-to-goodness temper tantrum. She's been upset before, but this was her first real, honest-to-goodness temper tantrum. Over the past almost-year, when we saw her get upset for no apparent reason, it was usually accompanied by seizures. We've never been entirely sure if the seizures caused the "upset-ness" or if the "upset-ness" triggered the seizures.

If she was having seizures last night though, I couldn't detect any of the usual signs (twitching eyebrows, staring, loss of tone, complete drops, body jerks, etc.)

We can't see most of her seizures, but we can tell she's still having them by a certain, almost unnoticeable, unsteadiness. For quite a while, now, she hasn't been able to stand in one spot without wobbling somewhere else to keep her balance. To most, it would look like three-year-old fidgetiness. Standing on one foot for more than three (very fast) seconds was an accomplishment to be celebrated. Bending down and picking something up required the greatest of care on her part - she'd often stumble backward or sideways when she stood up. The seizures were throwing her off balance.

This morning, however, one-handed and one-footed, she reached for a cup like she was doing some sort of yoga move. She was so steady on her feet, you'd think she could have done it standing on a tightrope line, blindfolded, with someone standing on her shoulders with no difficulty.

There's something happening here and, whatever it is, I like it.

6 comments:

Sarah said...

Wonderful news! Even if it means you have to put up with screaming fits! Tantrums are such a _normal_ part of growing up.

Murray said...

I agree with Sarah - compared to seizures, tantrums are somewhat of a pleasure. Scream away, Jade!

fireweedroots said...

... and keep on showing your yoga moves. I'm so happy for you all!

Every Photo Tells A Story said...

Jade, you go girl!:)

Marianne said...

Yaaa hoooooo!! Way to go Jade!

Marian said...

Yeah, Jade. It's heartening to hear good news....we all need it right now! Keep those temper tantrums coming :)