Some of you might have noticed that i have gone AWOL the last couple of days and i thought it is only fair that I share with you why.
Whilst a lot has happened the last couple of days, one of the main things that was very scary for me as a mum and parent to experience was when my eldest daughter who is 18 collapsed during her karate class causing her to fall flat on the floor.
Her amazing karate teacher was speaking to her as normal, instructing her and the class what to do next and the next thing he knows, in a few seconds he was talking to another student then he heard my daughter just collapse on the floor, her eyes half gone, staring at the ceiling, her body weak – but she was conscious, she was still breathing. He took her, put her in the safe position and kept calling her name, within a few seconds she responded. She was very pale, had dark circles under her eyes but could respond back. I want to emphasise that she did not faint and she was conscious the whole time – but unresponsive for a few seconds and of course she had collapsed on the floor without giving any prior indication that she was unwell.
I had travelled in the city whilst my husband had received the call from the instructor and he had picked her up after which he informed me we had to take her hospital.
I kept reading the messages where my daughter described herself as confused, not sure what has happened, she had had a happy day but was worried as she had lots of pain, felt light headed and could barely move her body and her legs.
I rushed home and those minutes on the train and the drive home felt like hours/days – it is so hard to describe what i felt but i wish there was a button i could press that would just take me to her that second!
Once I made it home, hugged her and we immediately took her to hospital.
They checked her head for injuries, did an ecg, blood tests and also offered an intravenous cannula (a technique in which a canula is placed inside a vein to provide venous access allowing samples of blood to be taken but also to administer fluids needed). And my daughter needed the fluid intake, so the a&e team did this whilst also taking 4 bottles of blood from her.
ECG and EEG came out ok, Blood tests came out ok! Thankfully of course!
The hospital said she had an ABSENT SEIZURE – i had never heard of it, hence i decided to share this with you today. These absent or petit mak seizures as they are also called at times are brief, usually last about 15 seconds and they have symptoms that are barely noticeable. Exactly what my daughter had, but she of course collapsed. Signs are:
staring into space
appearing suddently motionless
smacking lips together etc
Adults sometimes can mistake them for their children just not listening, or misbehaving and being inattentive.
Please, always read into these signs a lot more, dont ignore them or just think the above. I have never thought that and its the first time ever this has happened to my daughter, hence why I wanted to write all this in detail for every person out there to understand.
She had recently started eating very unhealthy, take away foods, not enough enough, having fizzy drinks first thing in the morning, during the day, before bed etc. Same with energy drinks. She is always on the phone and sometimes stays on it until really late. Trust me, i have always spoken to her – argued about these things too but of course what does mum know!
Hospital has advised her that the missing nutrition with the stress of university and day to day life plus her physical activities could have taken a toll on her body and brain and therefore it tricked this seizure.
She is a bit better today and we are following up with a GP visit as further tests are needed.
Whilst i have done it and I will keep doing it, please- please, ensure your kids, teenagers understand the importance of good, healthy food – how its vital to eat the right fruits and vegetables. (My other daughter was present when her sister collapsed as they both enjoy karate classes and she was traumatised too, we had to explain to her that her sister will be ok.)
Look out for any signs of absent seizures, dont ignore them!
Lastly, always enjoy your time with your kids as they grow up fast, you blink and they are all grown up!
I hope sharing this with you has been somewhat useful! I thought that as I had never heard of absent seizures before it would be good to share but to also stress the fact that whilst not the only factor bad eating habits can trigger specific health issues.
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