Saturday, January 1, 2011


A catastrophic form of epilepsy with an underlying cause. Brain malformation resulting from a left middle cerebral artery infarction. Two-thirds of the left hemisphere of the brain missing. I do not remember for how long I mourned.

As I studied Jacob's EEG in Boston, I was sad for the left hemisphere, still producing electrical discharges - pathetic electrical discharges - that had no resemblance to the powerful storm from which all of this began. An island of brain tissue allowed to live only to reduce blood loss during surgery.

Rehabilitation of body and annihilation of seizures... we hope. 2010 was a good year. Constraint Therapy, Early Intervention, Left Functional Hemispherectomy. 2011 is the year of recovery... for all of us.


  1. My prayer for Jacob is a full life of doing a job he loves, having a wife who loves him, and great-granchildren for us!
    Grandma Christe

  2. Hello to all the Borgueta's. I hope Matthew had a wonderful BD with all his loving family there to help him celebrate and get his life back to normal. He has been a real trouper according to Nana Ripa.
    I am still praying for you all as God's work is not done with you all.. Jacob will get stronger as each day goes by until you can no longer keep him down. I can't wait to see him this summer climbing the steps to the slide in Nana's yard. hang in there and 2011 is the year of healing for everyone. love auntie

  3. I love the way you share your heart...

    I'll drop off the bag of clothes for Jacob later this week. I'm SO happy you want them. Even if it makes me sound like a weirdo. ;)