A Wild Card: EKG’s, CT Scan and EEG’s

This week has been wild card and I am hoping for a more favorable suit in the upcoming days.

It started Thursday morning (January 31) with our 14-year old daughter comes running in to wake us up about 7am stating that something was happening to our 19-year old son, Austin, in his room. There was a loud sound she thought sounded like the tree falling on the house. When she went to open the door and check on him, at first, she thought he was laughing hysterically on the floor, but he wouldn’t respond and she fell twice herself in the house, running to get us.

As he was getting down off his loft bed, he had a grand mal seizure. He was convulsing. There was a small pool of blood that resulted from a busted eye lid that happened as he fell.

He has never had an issue of seizures before ever.

My husband, daughter and I did all we could to calm him and get him to come to. He was so stiff and unresponsive, but you could tell he was breathing, and his pulse was not erratic. He was snoring loudly but had gurgling sounds in his throat. He had a retainer in his mouth, and we were afraid he had busted it as we could not get his mouth to open.   My husband and I made eye contact and I knew we both had a moment we felt we were losing our son. I cannot describe that feeling, yet we kept an outward cool and worked together to do what was needed.

He started to move around a bit and make sounds and finally after much effort (40 minutes), he was able to tell me who I was and pull out the retainer, as well as become more mobile.

First, we called ER and we were told on the phone prior to that not much could be done but stitch up his eye which made no sense to us. We called doctors and an area urgent care, and everyone pointed us to ER, basically saying they would not see him with this being his first seizure. We were torn in what to do but had to get him in somewhere. We rushed him to ER.

 Upon admission, I will say I am very impressed with the staff at this visit. As soon as we got into a room (not even a 10-minute wait) the ER Doctor ordered all the tests we wanted done and they were completed back-to-back in a little under 40 minutes. Dr stated that he is most certain that this is all caused from sleep deprivation. (My son is a full-time, Dean’s list, college student and gamer.)

He had an EKG, CAT Scan, full-blood work up, and urinalysis thankfully, everything came back good. A little low in potassium and he is on a prescription for that.

An EEG is needed which will check his brain waves, (see if he isn’t suddenly epileptic as he’s had a few minor signs of small seizures looking back on things the last couple months; very sore muscles upon awakening and him biting chunks out of his tongue) and he can’t drive until he gets results back from that. Which we now have an EEG scheduled for early next week, to see if he has developed something. (A type of nocturnal epilepsy) which we are hoping adjusting sleeping habits, watching sugar and laying of caffeine will make it where he NEVER has another one of these again. 

I feel for anyone who has a child/teen prone to these. It has raised an awareness to a situation I couldn’t relate to prior to.

We are home now. And OK. Last night he slept great with no issues. I kept getting up constantly checking on him as did his sister, she made a pallet on the floor just outside her door as his room is next to hers.

We never know when it’s time for a loved one to part. You love them like there is no tomorrow. You give each day all you have so when your head hits your pillow, you have no regrets.

A moment is all it takes to change your entire life.

Every odd sound or object falling on the floor makes us jumpy because in our minds we see him convulsing again, even his sisters are slightly on edge. It’s kind of compared to a funeral (the stress of it) and you’re left putting yourself back together after it’s over.

I can’t explain it, yet I know all things will turn out well. We just need have some time to recoup for a bit.

Please keep us in prayers with the upcoming EEG.