We are considering putting Morgan on the ketogenic diet. He has been having seizures since he was 6 yrs. old. At that time he went on depakote and clonazepam and had no seizures for about 18 months. After that period of time he developed myoclonic, absence, and tonic seizures. He was put on valproic acid and keppra (we stopped the clonazepam) with very little success. He was allergic to lamictal. He was having about 20 seizures a day on average. In 2009, at the age of 11, we added banzel to his meds. This drug eliminated the tonic seizures all together and has reduced the frequency of the myoclonics and absence seizures, but he still has them daily. Morgan is now 13 yrs. old and we have discussed starting the ketogenic diet with his neurologist. She definitely thinks it is worth trying. It is so hard making a decision like this. If it was for myself I would just decide and do it. But, when you are making a huge decision for someone else it can be very scary. Morgan will have to be hospitalized to start this diet and he will have to be monitored (lab work) closely, but I, personally, know of one girl who was having 100 seizures a day that became completely seizure free after being on the diet, even after she went off the diet she no longer has seizures. Because he has to be in the hospital we will wait until school is out to start. I still need to talk to his endo. to make sure she is okay with it. She could be the one who could stop it all. Morgan is not even on insulin anymore so I don't think it should be a problem. I know most of you are not familiar with this diet and the thought of putting your child in a state of constant ketosis would out of the question. This diet is a proven medical procedure and is always performed under strict supervision. There are some risks-- bone loss (which neuro. told me they would put him on calcium and vitamin d supplements), kidney stones, frequent lab work (which Morgan is a very, very hard stick), dehydration, weight loss. Such a hard decision! But, the thought of no seizures outweighs most of this. And, he could get off or cut way back on his seizure meds, which would thrill me, too. Please, please pray we are making the right decision.