Sam, my 10 year old son, had a seizure this past Wednesday at school. He’s home now, and we’re so grateful for all the wonderful school and medical staff who took amazing care of him.
Sam was standing in lunch line with his friends. He remembers feeling a little dizzy and then dropped to the ground hitting his head on the foot of another child in line.
Sam was unconscious for a few moments, and according to one child was shaking for some of that time. When he came to, he started speaking in gibberish and was unable to answer simple questions. According to the school nurse, this lasted for about 10-15 minutes. We got the call around 11:20 AM from the school nurse asking us to come pick Sam up from school.
When Nate arrived to pick him up, Sam was dizzy, tired and very pale. The school nurses had done a wonderful job of keeping Sam comfortable and reassuring him that things were going to be okay. They recommended that Sam be evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible because they did not know what had caused him to pass out.
When the nurses sat Sam up to help him into a wheel chair, he began to throw up. With this development the nurses insisted that he go to the ER right away. They wheeled Sam out and helped load him into the car.
Nate stopped by the house to grab a couple things. I met him there and I went out to see Sam in the car. He was still very tired and pale. I had to pat his cheeks a few times to keep him awake. We didn’t want him to sleep, due the fact he could have had a concussion.
I stayed back to wait for Gabe (my youngest boy) to get home from school, and Nate took Sam over to the emergency room. Anytime anyone sat Sam up, he would throw up. It didn’t stop until 6:30 pm.
Over the next two days, two ERs, an ambulance ride and two nights in the hospital, Sam had two blood tests, a CT scan, a chest x-ray, an EEG, and a MRI. All of the tests came up negative except the EEG. It revealed some “sparks” that suggested that Sam had in fact experienced a seizure. The neurologist that evaluated Sam informed us that seizures in children his age are not uncommon.
While Sam has a 50% chance of experiencing another seizure in the next two years, taking medication can only cut that risk in half, so the neurologist felt that treatment wasn’t worth dealing with the side effects that the medication would cause.
It was a couple of crazy days, but we’re glad that Sam is okay. We are so grateful for the amazing staff at Sam’s middle school and the medical professionals at Maple Grove Hospital and Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis for their kindness and concern.