My current home doesn't have a verandah but I'd like it to! A long porch surrounding the entire house. With a porch swing, potted blueberry plants, and a long strong dog laying at my feet. The sweet smell of lrosemary and freshly-turned soil wafting across my yard. The chickens clucking contentedly as they scratch for goodies in the fertile dirt. Knowing we have a full root cellar, trees in the orchard about to drop their bounty, and soup made all from hand-picked harvests bubbling in the crockpot. Heaven.

Please move with me over to my current blog, www.rosemary-ridge.blogspot.com ... thank you!

CHANGE IN OUR HOME

It's just me, Hubby of 5 years, and 16 year old Kid.  Three weeks or so ago, my son's epilepsy got worse. Grand mal/tonic clonic seizures increased to about 7-8 a week. He started regressing in maturity. Had to be pulled out of school after a big seizure there scared the teachers silly so no school for the rest of the year.

Finally have our diagnosis tho. PET/CAT/EEG on Mon Dec 3 showed the neurons in the right frontal lobe didn't form correctly in utero, plus he has lesions and a small tumor. Can't do much until seizures are under control so meds were upped, which did help (as shown on yesterday's EEG) but furthered his regression and also probably caused an odd-pattern swelling on his scalp. Decreased 1 med last night and will again tonight then will stop unless seizures come back. Am to keep a close eye on swelling.

SUDEP (sudden death in epilepsy) is a real possibility.

Meanwhile, we're trying to find ways to make more money because his medical bills are mounting. Inpatient hospital stays and surgery are expected next year.

Finally starting to have interest in my cheese but that's about done until July (we sell goat milk cheese shares: www.rosemary-ridge.blogspot.com). We have more chicks in the garage to meet the egg requests we're getting (of course, not gonna lay until Spring). We're listening to our customers and will be planting in the Spring those things most requested. Meanwhile I have several plants going in the dining room, and we've set up a "store-front" in our foyer where I'm also starting pots of lettuces and other things to eat and to sell.

Please keep us in your thoughts.

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