Any other kid, and my first thought would be that it was the kind of jerk-awake thing that happens as sleep threatens to overtake you. But since it's Joy -- first thought was: seizure?!?
I asked JoyDad if he'd seen that jerky motion, and what it looked like to him. No, he'd been looking the other way... but that reminded him, at snacktime earlier in the day, Joy had zoned out for a few seconds. It felt somehow beyond just lost-in-thought, really seemed "not there." And he'd briefly thought: seizure?!? but then she was back and it slipped his mind until my question.
So, was it or wasn't it?
And, if it was, what was it about?
If it was, we've got several potential culprits to consider.
One thought is that she's been growing like a weed, and it's been a long time since we upped her seizure meds (no change in dose since the seizures stopped over two years ago.)
Another thought is the whole thing about the ramifications of switching between manufacturers in the use of generic epilepsy drugs. Since I wrote about the issue in July, our drugstore has switched manufacturers on that particular medication every time we have renewed that prescription. Every single
Yet a third thought is the Abilify. Yes, even though I said I wasn't going to tell you, I'm telling you now. We started a couple of weeks ago and it has not gone as we hoped, which is an whole 'nother post in and of itself. But she's still on it as of this writing. More important to today's reflections is that Abilify does have a seizure-caution in the package-insert, because one person did start having seizures during the clinical trial, which could easily have been pure chance due to the population -- or not. We did get the OK to start Abilify from Joy's pediatric neurologist, who didn't think it was likely to change her seizure threshold. But Joy has proven to be unusually sensitive to Abilify in a number of ways, even at half the dose of the smallest pill.
So maybe it was. But maybe it wasn't. We didn't see anything at all seizure-ish on Sunday.
For now, we're watching and waiting. And hoping and praying.
We'd love it if you'd join us in the hope-and-pray part.