No, David!

No, DavidHave you ever read the book “No, David!” by David Shannon?  The author wrote and illustrated the book when he was five years old.  Each page shows a picture of him doing something he was not suppose to do, with the words “No, David!”

I keep thinking about that book as David recovers at home from his surgery.

“No, David!  Please don’t climb on the counters.”

“No, David!  You cannot climb the tree.”

“No, David!  Please get off of your bike.”

“No, David!  We’re not going bowling or swimming.”

The doctors told me many times that I would be surprised by how quickly David would recover from his brain surgery.  I envisioned a quick recovery as two to three weeks of him sleeping most of the day, playing a bit with the other kids, but mostly just observing.  I could not have been more wrong!

We arrived home late Tuesday night.  David woke up at 7 a.m. on Wednesday with his older siblings.  He started bustling around with them like any other morning getting ready for school.  He asked if he would be able to go to preschool that day.  He started climbing the counters to get some dishes for himself.  He wanted to play baseball and golf.  Truthfully, I about died from anxiety!  I kept envisioning him accidentally getting whacked in the head during the excitement of being back with his siblings!

As soon as his siblings left for school, he walked back to his bed and slept for FOUR hours!  Then, he woke up and started playing again.  It was crazy!

I can’t believe how well he is doing.  It is difficult to keep him down when the other kids are at home.  He still tires quicker than normal and he’ll fall asleep within minutes of the house being quiet.  But, he is happy and quickly working up to his normal pace of life!

David has not had any seizures since his surgery.  He seems to be calmer than before, too.  The neurologist said he is not surprised that David is calmer.  He described David’s brain (pre-surgery) as a “fire storm” of electrical activity.  Now, David’s brain seems quieter.

David will stay on all of his regular anti-seizure medications for a long time (1-5 years) to make sure his brain stays seizure free.  If, over time, David stays seizure free and if his EEGs show that there is not seizure activity, then we’ll be able to possibly wean him from some of his drugs.  But we have a different boy than we had before surgery and we are SO, SO thankful.

We are thankful for modern medicine!  We are thankful for the prayers of so many; for the hand of God; for the miracles we’ve seen.  Mostly, we’re thankful to see a calmness in David’s eyes.

8 Responses to No, David!

  1. Kim May 5, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

    Love, love, love!!! I have been wondering if he is seizure free, and what the long term outlook it. I hope it all continues to go perfectly and that you will be able to successfully wean him sooner rather than later. Continued thoughts and prayers….

  2. Shauna Powell May 5, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

    Trish! I have been wondering how he has been and this post is the best news ever! We love you and your family and are so excited with this news!

  3. Diane Lifferth May 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm #

    That is so wonderful, Trish – you all have been in our prayers and will continue to be there – David had the seizures and then the surgery, but mom and dad deal with the stress that goes with everything, as you posted today. Glad the surgery is working and each day will be a step closer to worry-free life! (If that is possible). Our love and best wishes to you, Tyler and David and the rest of your kids – and grandparents – and aunts and uncles – and friends……
    Aunt Diane

  4. Kari May 5, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

    So awesome that he is doing well and so happy that the surgery seems to have helped him. You guys have been in our thoughts and prayers constantly. we will keep praying for a speedy recovery 🙂

  5. Heidi O'Connor May 6, 2014 at 4:28 pm #

    This post just made my day! You have all been in my thoughts and prayers. Keep up the good work David!!

  6. Ali Dreher May 6, 2014 at 7:36 pm #

    Yeah! We are so happy that David is seizure free!!! Give him hugs from all of us!

  7. Jill Dent May 7, 2014 at 4:06 am #

    I’m so pleased and excited for you all that David is doing so well! You are in our daily prayers for continued daily progress and great strides!! Don’t hesitate to call for anything.

  8. Stacey May 13, 2014 at 8:29 pm #

    I have been following all your posts and am so grateful to hear how well he is doing! What a miracle…

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