How was your Thanksgiving Holiday?

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Shall I tell you about our Thanksgiving?  It was actually pretty uneventful, considering we had 21 people in our small home –  seven of those 21 were under the age of 10 – and one attendee has a brain tumor and had been taking twice the amount of anti-seizure medicine than he should have been.  Instead of taking 4 – 250 mg pills of Keppra, he was taking 4 – 500 mg pills of Keppra – This is the medication used to prevent seizures.  Some of the side effects, according to the NIH website (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001067/)

Levetiracetam [Keppra] may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • drowsiness [ yup – but not sleeping well]
  • weakness [ yup ]
  • unsteady walking [ yup]
  • coordination problems [ yup]
  • headache
  • pain
  • forgetfulness
  • anxiety
  • agitation or hostility [ a bit of that]
  • dizziness [a bit]
  • moodiness
  • nervousness
  • numbness, burning, or tingling in the hands or feet
  • loss of appetite [- wasn’t eating well at all]”

He’s been off the extra dosage for the last couple of days and seems to be doing a bit better.  If I can, I’m going to avoid having a brain tumor… I’d like to do without the side effects from any of the treatments/drugs my Dad’s undergoing/taking.  Radiation, Chemo, decadron (a steroid that reduces swelling), Keppra (we’ve just mentioned that), Avastin, blood pressure medicine because the Avastin and decadron raise that, and a few others I can’t remember.  Sitting down to breakfast or dinner with him is like visiting a pharmacy.

We are looking forward to next week, as Wednesday is his last radiation appointment.  He will also finish chemo about that time…

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