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Cutler started having seizures again including the episode where she fell down the stairs. Franklin decided to take matters into her own hands.
"They ran a lot of tests and they had no real answer as to why she kept fainting," Franklin said. "She fainted a total of eight times in the hospital here."
worry and anxiety have been compounded by her need to become a strong advocate in order to get her daughter the care she needs to deal with this neurological disorder.
Because the Sault does not have a neurologist, two neurologists come here from out of town to see patients. Cutler was given a referral to see one of the visiting specialists, which spend a total of about four days a month in the Sault.
A province wide shortage of neurologists, coupled with what Franklin described as a breakdown in communication between doctors' offices, has left Cutler waiting for an appointment.
"We came home and we never heard anything. Weeks went by," Franklin said.
Her next memory is waking up in an ambulance in pain.
Franklin is disappointed it took so much work just to get an appointment with a specialist.
"It's scary to know that I can go anywhere and I won't know when it's going to happen."
The recently diagnosed epileptic had an atonic seizure also called drop seizure and crashed down 20 steps. She was unconscious for 20 minutes and woke up with bruises on her face.
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Toronto because if we were to wait for him to see her here, it would be another six months," Franklin said. "I understand that there is a waiting list, but I shouldn't have to travel to Toronto all the time."
Cutler started having what she thought were frequent fainting spells in the spring. She was admitted to Sault Area Hospital, where she spent about a month.
may be a cardiac problem and she was referred to an electrophysiologist in Toronto. It was there that Cutler was able to see a neurologist.
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"It has been extremely stressful and frustrating," Franklin said. "I feel, as a mom, I'm trying to protect her and advocate for her and I'm getting nowhere."
"The medication is not stopping my seizures and I have really bad side effects. It's not good," Cutler said.
Cutler wants to see a neurologist so she can change her course of treatment.
"They ran tons of tests and she was diagnosed with epilepsy," Franklin said.
"There is no warning," Cutler said of her seizures. "I don't usually feel anything until I wake up.
"She has been rushed to the hospital by ambulance because she had one at the mall, she had one at the dance studio. She passes out and Adidas Shoes Originals White
"I did have a fear that she'd fall down stairs one day, and then she did," Franklin said. "I'm worried sick about her every time she leaves the house.
"I'm not saying anything negative about Sault Area Hospital," Franklin said. "The physician in Toronto did say they weren't surprised that they weren't able to diagnose her (in the Sault) because we don't have a neurologist here."
She called the specialist's office and was told they did not get the referral. After several messages, faxes and phone calls, Franklin began writing to politicians and news organizations last week. This Monday, she finally got a call from the specialist's office to say Cutler had an appointment.
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"It's not a rare seizure, but it's less common than Adidas Los Angeles Ladies Trainers the typical grand mal seizure that you see," she added. "The presentation is different. She loses consciousness and muscle tone and pretty much drops on her face."
Doctors in Toronto put Cutler on an anti seizure medication and then she was sent home.
Melissa Cutler has a memory of walking down the stairs at her Sault dance studio a few weeks ago.
"Had I not done that, we could be sitting here for months and months and she is still having these seizures," Franklin said.
Her fall down the stairs was a like a nightmare coming true for her mother, Lizanne Franklin.
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"I felt like we were kind of sent off and forgotten about. It is very sad that I've had to advocate so hard to get her care."
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