Thursday was much more fun than Friday!!
I have not had such a topsy-turvy 2 months in a long time. Last time i posted, I was kvetching about being snowed in.
So, I was thrilled to get out behind the plows to Target. But, Emma had a seizure in Target and I almost lost it.
I wanted to share that It is quite possible I had an angel in Target with me when Emma had her seizure–since these seizures are relatively new, I have not had to deal with her having a seizure in public. I thought I was ready, but it took me by surprise.
Anyway, After I realized she was seizing, (which took me a minute) I carried her to one of the couches in Target and laid her down. I had an employee call 911–as I couldn’t seem to use my phone.
Then, I was trying rubbing her, trying to decide what to do next. My cell phone had low battery and I was shaking so badly, I couldn’t dial my husband.
I had a prescription in my purse for her, but it is a kind I have to do at a certain point and it is like a suppository shot, which I was not inclined to do in front of everyone — and I wasn’t sure how to do it, anyway. (I know, I shouldn’t care). I definitely need to learn to focus under pressure.
Anyway, right at that point where I was freaking out, a woman walked up and said she was a nurse. I told her we were working with a neurologist at UVA and this was kind of expected, but I was uncertain about giving the medicine. She was soooo calm and kind–she said she worked with UVA:).
She checked Emma over and then told me I needed to go to the ER, but not to do the medicine, that the seizure was now over–right when she said that, she was rubbing Emma and Em turned over on her stomach and went to sleep (actually it is called postectal, they are really tired after a seizure)
So, the ambulance came & we went on with the whole process–at some point the woman disappeared…but thank God she was there–she really helped us both through a rough experience.
And, now you know my dirty secret about why I try to always be over-prepared for stuff–when emergencies happen, I freeze so badly!! Guess I’m getting better at emergencies, bit by bit.
Anyway, thank you to everyone who is praying over us and giving me tips about epilepsy. When we got home from the ER last night, my college son had found a bunch of information about alternative therapies (including Ginseng–) and my mom has researched keppra and depacote. My in-laws called to tell me don’t do depacote! And, my brother and sister in law have been through this with their little girl. (with a good outcome:)
So, we continue learning about this and growing as a family. I do really wish I could just soothe her head, like I rub her back!