Because there are way too many selfies on this blog…

Hello everyone! I mentioned in my last post I had some updates I’d planned to share back in March once we settled into our new home. That didn’t work out since I had to take a blogging break, but I’m excited to share them with you now as we enter summer.

This past January, I changed neurologists since the Kaiser doctor who’d been treating me after I left Stanford retired. If you’ve been reading the blog for a bit, you might have noticed that seizures and migraines determine a large part of my daily activities. If you’re a long-time reader, you probably know I have a complicated and often unpleasant history with neurology in general. Needless to say, I was nervous about meeting my new doctor: How could she handle my case when many sub-specialists had given up? I was skeptical since Kaiser San Jose is a local facility, while Kaiser Redwood City is regional and Stanford is national.

Thankfully I was wrong.

This newest neurologist has been the most proactive and open-minded doctor I’ve worked with to date, and she started adjusting my medications at our first appointment. Experimenting is physically unpleasant, but after three months we found a combination that reduces my seizures and even allows me to go out without sunglasses sometimes. Fewer seizures also means fewer migraines; this improvement has given me the highest number of pain-free days since 2019. (At my worst, I had a migraine 30 out of 30 days per month. Now I have 8-10 migraine days per month.)

These medical improvements, plus the fact that our new home is in a quiet complex far from the noise and flashing lights that typically come with a big city, should have made the March transition to our condo much smoother and healthier than it was. Still, Ivan and I are excited to explore our neighborhood now that I’m almost finished with treatment for the TBI complications from our move. Seizures, migraines, and TBI may be here to stay, but we’re grateful God provided a new doctor with an effective approach to my lifestyle challenges. 

As always, thanks for your prayers and support!

15 thoughts on “Some Good News

  1. Wonderful news that you finally found someone who is offering you some help and hope! Have fun exploring your new neighborhood and enjoying summer vacation with Ivan ! We pray God will give you great joys in the midst of your trials!

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  2. Great news Grace. Donna and I continue to pray daily for you and Ivan and continued improvement. What an encouragement this is. Robert and Donna Pera

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  3. Thank you, God, for this triumph. Thank you, God, for Grace and Ivan’s faith in you, and the strength you give them day by day. Thank you that educators put in so much during the school year that they get 2 months in the summer to recover and spend time with their loved ones!

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  4. Wow! What a huge blessing to have a new doctor that seems to know how to help you with some changes in medications and meeting your needs. And for the migraines and seizures to be so much less, that is awesome. Now if she can help you to eliminate all, wouldn’t that be wonderful. This is reason for rejoicing! Thank you God for answers to prayers. We will continue to pray for your progress.

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  5. How wonderful it is to have a medical doctor who is up-to-date on how to deal with your TBI. The Lord is looking after you in providing such a wonderful and caring physician. May the Lord continue to bring new advancements in your treatment that will heal your migraines and give you optimum health. God is so gracious and merciful to hear your prayers. May He continue to bless you with improvement and answers to prayers.

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  6. Thank God for your new doctor! Keep playing the piano and I will keep praying for God to heal you! Thank you for sharing so faithfully your life with us. You are a blessing!

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  7. Gosh that was good news about the new doctor Grace. I must have missed this. Praise God for the way He brings people across our path who can touch our lives how we need it. Miss you always.
    Candace

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