Today was a first for us. JD started the morning off with a bang by having two seizures. After the second one my parents came over and my mother and I took JD into the ER while grandpa watched Gwen (Thanks Dad). Once we got there JD seemed to be just fine. Not a care in the world and very content to play in the automatic doors until they called him back.
He was not thrilled about the hospital bracelet so we finally let him color it, even then we finally had to just take it off his wrist. When the doctor came in he asked us where the two year old went that he was supposed to see. My mom pointed to JD and said, “right there”. Then he went on and on about how tall JD was. Poor Deeds didn’t like the doctor from the moment he came into his room.
The doctor said that it doesn’t sound like Deeds had a grand mal seizure since JD’s eyes didn’t roll back into his head when convulsing. He said they wanted to run some blood work and do a CAT scan to make sure there was no swelling in the brain or tumors.
The blood work was first. When just two nurses came in and asked how we thought he would react to getting his blood drawn I laughed. I told them there was probably no way he would hold still and that he was quite strong. A few minutes later they came back with a restraint system and a third nurse. It took all four of us and the restraint system to get the IV into his little arm. I was very thankful they were able to get a good shot on the first stick and we didn’t have to try multiple times like they had warned. We had to wrap up the arm with the IV so that he couldn’t pull it out. We put a little “bandage” on his kitty cat that he took into the hospital with him. It really seemed to make him feel better.
When they came back to get him for the CAT scan the radiologists asked if I thought he would hold still and I once again chuckled. I said no. He told me they would try first. The nurse even made a comment to him as we walked by that JD wouldn’t hold still. Needless to say it did not go well. We were walked back to our room where they told us that they would give JD a sedative to calm him down so he would hold still. After the first dose didn’t work, they gave him a full adult dose and we went back to try again. While he acted groggy and stoned it took two of us to hold him down and he still screamed and flailed when we tried to do the CAT scan. At this point the Doctor came back in and told me that we could just take him home and watch him and if he had another seizure come in then and do the scan. Or put him out completely and do the scan now. I told the doctor that we had already put him through so much that I would rather just get the scan done than run the risk of having to come back and put him through everything again.
After giving him three times the normal dosage of the medication to knock him out he was able to get the scan done. Even with all that medication in his little body he would not stop holding my hand. If I pulled my hand he would squeeze harder. I remember days when I would cry because he wouldn’t let me touch him, and here he was going through all this scary stuff and he wanted me to hold his hand.
I carried him back into his room and it took him a while to wake up. When he woke up he noticed he was still hooked up to the IV and before I could stop him he tugged on the line. It started to bleed a little but the nurses were great and came right in to take everything off him since he didn’t need it anymore. Once awake we were able to be discharged since they didn’t find anything in the blood work or CAT scan that would cause the seizures. We were told to follow-up with JD’s normal doctor and look into getting and EEG done. I am hoping this is a one time situation but from what I came home and read online, it’s not uncommon for those with autism to have issues with seizures.
Right now Deeds is still quite loopy and can’t really walk on his own but I am happy that we are back home. Having Jeremy home from work is nice too since now mommy is emotionally and physically quite tired from the days events.