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Update on Catherine (and Melanie) March 17, 2009

Melanie took a 6:00 a.m. bus on Monday from Montreal to Quebec City in order to attend her class at the University of Laval on Tuesday.  Up to now we have managed to drive her back and forth.  Because of her own condition, she is not able to make the three-hour trip alone.  Last week, Stephanie went down to pick her up and we both drove her back on Tuesday night.  This allowed both Stephanie and me to be present for consultation with three different neurologists on Wednesday, have blood work done, then drive home late Wednesday night.  Anyway, the original plan for this week was for Melanie to take the bus back to be with Catherine late this afternoon.  However, the hospital called and requested that Melanie herself be admitted for surveillance at 8:30 a.m. today.  Sooo…  since  Stephanie was off work today, she and Melanie left at 4:00 a.m. this morning to go directly back to the hospital.  Melanie will most likely share a room with Catherine and both of them should be released to come home by Friday evening – at least that is the current plan :-).

Update on Catherine from Melanie February 25th

The Dr. changed her mind about the EEG tomorrow. Instead, she wants to admit Catherine to the hospital and run a battery of tests during the next week. I check her in tomorrow, Friday, at 10 am. Thank you for your prayers. She is still quite exhausted. Any little activity wears her out very fast.

Update on Catherine from Melanie February 24th

Cath, Michael and I saw Dr. Frederick Andermann on Monday. He knows his stuff. He sent us to his wife who specializes in genetics and epilepsy because he said it is evident that there is a familial link. His wife wants to do DNA testing on all of us. So, Cath and I had blood work on Tuesday, and a long talk with Dr. Eva Andermann. Today, I had a sleep deprived EEG (i.e. you sleep very little the night before, so that at the hospital they can hook you up to the machine and then you sleep and they can see what goes on during your sleep.) Catherine has one on Friday. We also have put in requests for MRIs for me and Cath. Don’t know when those will happen. The secretary said it could take up to 6 months before we hear from the MRI department. Also on Friday, Cath and I will be meeting with Dr. Eva again. Will let you know more then. Thank you for your prayers!

Other piece of news, Dr. Frederick A. is going to send his conclusions to Dr. John McBurnney the neurologist from SC. Maybe all of this will help Val as well.


Good news!  Catherine now has an appointment at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital on Monday, February 22.  The current plan is for Melanie and Stephanie to drive straight there from the Carolina’s before coming home.  Montréal is a three-hour drive from our home here in Québec City.