V’s a complicated kid. Undiagnosed, she’s blind, non-verbal, in a wheelchair, and has severe scoliosis that’s beginning to impact her lungs among other things. All of that said, she’s really very healthy – and HAPPY! One thing I’ve been grateful for is the fact that she hasn’t had to deal with seizures.
Yesterday that changed.
Walking into Costco Sunday, my husband and V were drawn into the home theater section like a siren’s song, so I went off solo to find the items on my list. 5 minutes later I heard someone calling my name. I turned around expecting a neighbor or friend, but found a Costco employee who said, “Come with me, it’s your daughter…”
As I followed him the words began to sink in, fear filled me and my pace quickened to a run, tears streaming down my face.
I’ve seen V very sick, but what I saw next took my breath away. My husband is my rock, always strong, but the look on his face was that of sheer terror. He was holding her, she was blue and completely limp. I scooped her in my arms as paramedics arrived and started taking vitals.
My husband said that he felt her wheelchair shake, he looked at her and saw her arms and legs flailing a little as she began turning dark purple, then she went limp. He yelled my name and told someone to call 911 as he got her out of her chair and laid her on a nearby sofa. He started rubbing her sternum, checked her airway and gave her a quick mouth to mouth breath. He could tell her airway was clear and she was breathing.
She was saturating OK and starting to regain color, but was still non-responsive. They said that can happen after a seizure, and since her vitals were good they felt she was most likely out of the woods, but should be transported to Children’s for observation and tests.
We spent the next 8 hours at Children’s with doctors, running tests and waiting. The initial results came back clear, so they sent us home with a schedule to follow up at the First-Time Seizure Clinic. One department we’d blissfully been unaware of prior to this.
Home and in bed, I spent the rest of the night next to my girl, watching her breathe.
It’s really comforting to know the support system in your community has your back.
The Costco employees responded right away, calling 911, finding me, and supporting us the entire time. The medics were so great; supportive, compassionate and knowledgeable. I am so, so grateful to everyone that helped us out. Thank you!!