I had a bad day today.
It’s this limbo of not knowing what is going on with Evelyn. Of watching the days slide past in a slow trickle, like sand through an hour glass, but not seeing any real changes in her behaviour. It’s not knowing if what I’m seeing at any given time is a “non epileptic paroxysmal episode” or a new type of seizure. It’s not knowing if she will be normal, or severely challenged, or somewhere in the middle.
It’s the waiting, most of all.
I sat on the floor today, holding my daughter and watching her try and smile at my voice, while her eyes darted around, not looking, not seeing. I sat there, and her tongue twisted strangely, and her arms jerked and her hands felt spastic (in the true sense of the word) and I wanted to cry, because we just don’t know.
If she’d had an MRI and an MRI showed serious brain damage, then every thing that she did would be a celebration. From sneezing, to waking up of a morning. Instead, her MRI is clean and I’m left not knowing anything. Constantly wondering if this is it, is this what she will be like forever? Or is this just the very beginning and in five years, I’ll be remembering the days like today with a bitter taste of fear and crisis averted hanging around in the back of my throat.
She should be normal.
She is not.
Evelyn is eighteen weeks old today and I can’t even think about what my other two children were doing at eighteen weeks old.
And yet, it runs through my head, a constant litany that I cannot turn off; that I want to turn off.
[Amy noticed her hands at eight weeks. Could hold a rattle consistently at nine weeks. Rolled at eleven weeks. Ate solid food at 17 weeks. Could sit propped up at 18 weeks. Was crawling at 22 weeks.
Isaac noticed his hands at 7 weeks. Batted at his toys at 9 weeks. Had good arm control by 10 weeks. Rolled at 12 weeks. Rolled around the house to play at 16 weeks. Crawled at 24 weeks.]
This constant litany, over and over again. I could play with them. They laughed. Enjoyed games. Enjoyed toys. Enjoyed us.
It’s not the case, here and now. I hold Evelyn and cover her face with kisses. She licks me and smiles, occasionally cooing at me, but more often gagging on her own tongue and saliva. I stroke her hair and hold her tight because I don’t know how this story will end and every single second breaks my heart.
I want her to be okay. I want for her to be okay so badly that every atom of my body aches for it.
But I am only her mother and I have no control over this.