Diagnosis for my 10 year old
By January 3, 2012 at 4:28 pm 723 3
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, my entire extended family was gathered. We were having a great time visiting and laughing together. My 10 year old son was sitting in a big overstuffed chair and had fallen asleep.
I'm not sure what woke him, but when he sat up he was having a seizure. He was conscious, but his eyes were blinking rapidly, he couldn't speak, and he couldn't control his body. After the seizure ended, he had some limited paralysis of the right side of his face. Within about 10 minutes or so, he was completely back to normal.
It was really frightening. We didn't really know anything about seizures or epilepsy or anything like that. My brother-in-law who is an ENT doctor was there. He was definitely concerned but not panicked. He simply recommended that we get in to see a specialist when we returned home.
It took a month to get into see a neurologist. But last week we finally had our appointment. The neurologist was great. She listened carefully to us and then ordered an EEG. After the EEG, she met with us and gave us the diagnosis of benign Rolandic Epilepsy. She explained that the condition was not serious and that essentially all children with this diagnosis outgrow the condition by 13 to 15 years old.
She recommended that we simply monitor our son for now. No medication. However, she did recommend a diet that is low in sugar and carbs, high in protein and fat.
I guess I'm writing here today to see what you think of the doctor's direction and see if any of you have any insights about this diagnosis and treatment (low-carb diet).
(If I look familiar to anyone, it may be because I am part of the team that built the original Connect site that is Diabetic Connect. My oldest son has type 1 diabetes. I am part of the team that helps to manage all the Connect sites.)