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Thursday, October 22, 2009
Not the normal post, but I consider my readers my friends... We are at AI DuPont Children's Hospital with our son. (For those of you who don't know he turns 1 on Sunday.) This morning when I went in to get E he was having a seizure. We're in the Pediatric ICU. Seizures aren't new to us since M has had two (3/2007, 3/2008), but M's were harmless, short febrile seizures. E's seizure continued and continued, though it changed while we were in the ambulance and seemed to stop. But it didn't. By the time we made it to the hospital (which is about 50+ minutes from our home) it was still happening off and on. Seizure meds only helped so much. But now he is doing okay. He has had an EEG on his brain which showed no seizure activity. The spinal tap came back clean. We don't know what is truly happening. It will be another 48 hours before one of the test results comes back, so E will not be discharged before then. Derek was at work, of course, when this happened. I called him after calling 911, but based on our experience with M, we weren't too concerned. Eventually I called our parents and pastor. At some point Derek and I realized he was very needed here, so he went home and collected toiletries, clothes, and reading material for me. He was even thoughtful enough to get slippers and the laptop. (And boy are we happy that the hospital has wireless. Three years ago it didn't, but we didn't have a laptop then, either. Pastor Bill arrived before Derek, and by that time I was mostly done crying. :) I will post updates if we learn anything more. The anti-seizure meds got him out of it, but it took a fair amount. He's sedated due to all the medicine, but they will let him wake up at this point. He is restrained though, so that he does not try to pull out his breathing tube. (That will be removed when he's awake and alert and ready to have it gone.) Other than that, we wait for test results, though nothing is coming up positive yet. In the meantime, we ask for your prayers. Thank you.