May 6th, 2013 09:04 PM
My son was at the edge of life or death.
This past Saturday was a true mix of life and death.........I've sort of crashed since then reliving it all. It's actually difficult to write about.
My son (early 30's) came in for a visit this past weekend and on Saturday a neighbor called to say I had a couple of calves out. I got up to go tend to them and my son offered to go with me and give me a hand. He was still getting over, and just about well, from a stomach bug, and I told him don't worry about it, I could do it alone. Well he insisted on coming so we rode over there together. I needed to get a four-wheeler to use along with the pickup truck to get them back in the pasture. Two of us would make the job easier.
We were at the pasture, and getting ready to go drive the calves, and I gave him a brief plan as to what each of us would do and I noticed he was looking off in the distance not really paying any attention to what I was saying. I didn't think much of it and thought I was probably verbally over-planning and giving him too much information (I've been accused of that !). My son was about 30 feet away and I was about to start the four-wheeler and I heard him pretty loudly saying HUHT, HUHT, HUHT, HUHT, repetitively over and over. At that very moment there was a herd of cows walking up toward us and I thought he was just hollering at the herd to get them away from an open gate. I didn't think much of it. I glanced at him again and he was doing the same thing but now more animated in his movements. I thought this is a bit odd, and thought he was just messing with me. I looked back at him a few seconds later and he was now on the ground, still animated and still HUHT, HUHT, HUHT.
I knew that this was a serious medical emergency and rushed over to him. He was perfectly fine, and healthy one minute and now he's on the ground with some sort of seizure and convulsions. Bee sting??? NKA's? No epilepsy. He's still making noises, moving around and non-responsive to my voice or touch. Recalling my old EMT classes, it seemed he was having a grand mal seizure, though he's not epileptic and we have no related family history.
I didn't restrain him, and just kept him as comfortable as I could. He's slobbering a great deal. Along with everything else I'm worried about his airway or choking. Is he dying of a heart attack, stroke, aneurysm???? The symptoms are slowly subsiding and I don't know if I might actually be losing him right there in my arms out in the middle of nowhere.......alone. What a sinking feeling as I'm readying myself to start CPR when needed.
After what seemed like an eternity he began to settle down, still out of it, though confused and disoriented. At some previous point I had used my cell and called 911, one of my neighbors, and my wife. My wife and neighbors got there at about the same time, the neighbors got the calves off the road and we all tended to my son. He became more alert and told me (later) when he looked up he thought the deputy was there because of the loose calves on the road. Then he saw the ambulance pull in and said to himself, why am I on the ground, and that ambulance must be here for me !!!
I gave the guys a brief medical history about him (unremarkable) and what I had witnessed and they put him in the ambulance to ready him for transport. One of them told me his numbers looked good......at least that was good news to hear.
My wife and I followed the ambulance to the hospital and when we got there they had him in an ER cardiac room and tending to him. He was now pretty alert and stable. Of course they began the blood and urine tests, CT scan, chest xray, etc. As it turns out nothing obvious showed up as a problem. We stayed there for about six hours on "observation". The Doc finally said go home, take it easy, no caffeine, don't get too hot, just relax and as soon as possible pursue what caused this seizure. He told him come right back to the ER if he began to develop anything unusual. He has very impressive bruising and teeth marks along the edge of his tongue.
This week he has already scheduled three doctor appointments to begin the process of finding out why.
I can't hardly describe to ya'll the feeling of my stomach bottoming out while being there with him out in the middle of nowhere during this seizure. I truly thought he might be dying right there in my arms. My old EMT classes from 35 years ago kicked in nicely and I was determined to do CPR or whatever I needed, as long as I needed. I also was determined that if he died, it wouldn't be face down in the dirt.....he would be with me.
We're both lucky and thankful, in fact all of us are.
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May 6th, 2013 09:13 PM
Ppk, glad to hear he came out of this okay.
Now, prayers that you all find out what caused it, and how to prevent it in the future.
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May 6th, 2013 09:17 PM
I am glad he is alright and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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May 6th, 2013 09:25 PM
WOW--- sorry--- hope it works out!
May 6th, 2013 09:29 PM
ppk, I will pray for both you and your son. I cannot imagine how you must have felt out there with your son. I have never been through anything close to that with mine.
You will be in our thoughts.
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May 6th, 2013 09:32 PM
Hopefully everything will be OK. Our prayers are with you and yours.
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May 6th, 2013 09:39 PM
I can't even imagine how it would feel. I don't have kids.I hope he is ok.I can only imagine,how it would freak me out,not knowing what's happening.Hopefully,they will be able to find out,what caused it.
May 6th, 2013 09:42 PM
That's a tough one, I'm glad it turned out well for you both and I hope everything is going to be ok. I have a son in his 30s, and I cringe when I think about that happening to him. God bless.
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May 6th, 2013 09:53 PM
Scary stuff. Hope he finds the issue and gets it resolved.
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May 6th, 2013 09:53 PM
You said he was just getting over a stomach bug. Diarrhea? Was he dehydrated - electrolytes out of whack? It doesn't take
much time in the heat to put someone into dire straights, especially if they have had a head start from something like a stomach
I hope it all checks out just fine, and think it probably will since anything structural would likely have shown on a CAT
Good luck. I sincerely hope this turns out to be a one-off thing that he never ever experiences again.
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May 6th, 2013 09:59 PM
Scary and very upsetting. I pray all works out for your son and family
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May 6th, 2013 10:01 PM
Wow, scary incident. Glad you were there with him.
May 6th, 2013 10:10 PM
The Lord was watching over both of you PPK. Helping you remember your emergency training so you did what needed to be done by the book. Getting to the ER ASAP. You did all you could do given the circumstances. My prayers are for your son and family that yall find the strength in your heart to overcome this hurdle. Ya done good.
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May 6th, 2013 10:20 PM
Glad he's okay. Definitely some scary stuff. I don't care how long ago you took an EMT class, it pays off in spades at times like this.
Imagine how scary and helpless you would have felt if you had no training. You were spot on in your prehospital care for him.
I'll keep you guys in my prayers. Thanks for posting that story, buddy. You did a good job!
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May 6th, 2013 10:31 PM
Glad to hear he is ok , hope they figure out what I up and fix him up quickly.
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