seizures? post cat bite?

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   Posted 7/27/2008 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been posting on the Lyme Forum for a while now, and thought this area might offer some help as well. I'll try to make it short but it might be hard to do.
July 07: bitten by a cat at work through the joint capsule.  Next day swollen and red, but decided to wait it out and see if it cleared.  Two days later ER surgery; finger looked like I had Ebola virus splitting open, infection had spread to my ring finger as well; reacted to every anesthetic and medication I was given in the hospital; hospital stay for 5 days; home on a PICC line for 6 weeks, then oral antibiotics; finally back to work in Sept;orals through Sept.  Early Nov 08 began experiencing episodes of dizziness, nausea, appearing glassy eyed to my coworkers; incoherent; ataxic; had to lie down; episodes began occuring about once a week; In Dec 08 had an ablation procedure due to excessive bleeding; Jan was good month; February 08 episodes came back with more frequency and intensity; April 08 in ER twice in one week, the last time for a 4 day stay; had many tests run all of which came back normal; was started on Keppra 500 BID..home on meds;;;3 weeks later more breakthrough episodes; increased Keppra 750 BID; seizure like episodes have continued; my neuro has been awful through all of this; he put me on anti-seizure medication and then tells me he doesn't think they are seizures; his bedside manner is horrible! have never experienced anything like this before! anyway, have an appt at Indiana University Epilepsy Center end of August for evaluation.  I received all my records from my neuro and the hospital where I had the surgery performed after the cat bite.  I have wondered from the start of these episodes if they are related to the cat bite, since I have been in good health prior to.  My MRI stated there were nonspecific small nodular foci of T2 hyperintensity in the itnermediate white matter of the left frontal lobe, also at the the left periatrial white matter (left cerebral hemispheric white matter).  Possibly subclinical small vessel ischemic change, postinflammatory gliosis, or primary demyelinating process (the last one seems rather unlikely) However, I wonder about the postinflammatory gliosis considering the cat bite incident. If anyone has any comments on any of this I would really appreciate it.  My life has been turned upside down as I cannot drive and have been limited in what I can do now.  These episodes are random and I haven't been able to find any trigger for them.  My coworkers say they can see it first in my eyes as the symptoms begin each time, and my face droops, I become glazed and incoherent, must lie down, sometimes have tremor activity in the eyelids and arms, and must sleep for hours afterward.  Does this sound like seizures to any of you?  I am about at my wit's end with all of this and just want some answers.  Thanks!
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