Saturday, April 18, 2009

VNS Implant

02 April 2009

The VNS implant surgery is complete and after six hours of observation we are now home.  Mackenzie is doing well. She seems to have very little discomfort at the moment but she is very tired.  She will have about five 'ramp up' appointments in the following weeks to find the right frequency, intensity, and duration of the 'shocks' that the device delivers to the Vagas nerve.

11 April 2009

Happy Easter friends and family.

We are a little over a week out from the VNS implant surgery.  Mackenzie is doing very well. The incisions are healing nicely.  She had her first 'ramp up' appointment this past Thursday.  So far there hasn't been much change in the seizure activity, but that is to be expected.  The device is not yet set at the appropriate level.  According to our research, it could take anywhere from six months to a year to see the results we are hoping to get from this device.

18 April 2009

Two weeks out from the surgery.  The neck incision nearly blends in with her neck creases.  The incision near her armpit is a little bigger and not as easily hidden,  as she grows and develops more body fat it will blend in more naturally (we are told by the doctors).  The device was turned on following the surgery but it is set at its lowest level.  Mackenzie is still having seizures.