For Sharon Hostetter, the unexplained seizures were frightening. And Kaiser Permanente Colorado neurologist and epileptologist Danielle McDermott, MD, was determined to figure out what was going on in Sharon’s head.
After spending five days under close observation in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at Saint Joseph Hospital, Sharon was diagnosed with epilepsy in both the right and left temporal lobes of her brain. “I felt, in a way, finally someone knows what’s wrong with me,” said Sharon. “But at the same time, I was completely devastated.”
Dr. McDermott recommended that Sharon have a responsive neurostimulator implanted in her head in late 2015. This was only the second time this procedure was performed in Colorado. Now Sharon is able to use a special wand and computer program to scan her neurostimulator and send the results to Dr. McDermott twice a week.
By studying the data from Sharon’s device, Dr. McDermott was able to see that patterns that could have turned into seizures were disrupted and “petered out” before becoming full-blown seizures.
“What gave me the fortitude, honestly, was Dr. McDermott.” said Sharon. “She’s been a fabulous neurologist to work through this together with me.”