Sunday, October 18, 2009

Please Pray for Elliott

On Friday night, around 11 pm, Elliott, Oliver, and their friend Daniel had just finished a board game and were getting ready to go to bed when I (Meredith) noticed Elliott sitting in one of the chairs in the family room. I was finishing up some work on my laptop and subconsciously thought that it was odd that Elliott was staying up with me in the family room when he had a friend visiting. I didn't give it much thought at all, but then all of a sudden, Elliott began falling out of his chair and hit his head on the nearby large kerosene heater. At first thought, I wondered if he was joking around, but knowing that he is usually pretty serious and not the type that jokes around, I immediately jumped up and tried to get him up and out of his frozen state and frantically hollered for Mama and Daddy.

Elliott was completely frozen and unconscious and I struggled to lift him to sit back up as I continued to attempt to ask him what was wrong. He wouldn't respond except to barely mumble things as he slowly came to. Mama and Daddy ran into the room and Elliott continued to barely mumble. We soon realized he had a seizure. He had a couple seizures when he was very young, and then when he was 15, he had one when he had his wisdom teeth removed, but Mama had hoped that it was only related to too much novacaine and not a sign that he was continuing to randomly have them as he did when he was a toddler.

He was very slow to come out of it, so Daddy called 911. We waited for what seemed like forever and then two ambulance crews and various EMT volunteers arrived. After agreeing that it probably was a seizure, moved Elliott to a stretcher and took him by ambulance to the hospital. Mama went with him in the ambulance and Daddy followed in our car. Thankfully, all three of the children slept through all the commotion. Daniel led Oliver and I in a prayer for Elliott and then after a little while, we all went to bed knowing that it would be a long time before we heard any news. Daddy, Mama, and Elliott arrived home around 6:30 am.

He was obviously very tired yesterday after being up most of the night before in the hospital, but he is doing completely fine now. He will be going soon to a neurologist to better diagnose his condition. One of the most discouraging parts for Elliott is that his driver's license will be taken away for six months due to the seizure.

Please pray for the doctor's wisdom as they diagnose why Elliott seems to be prone to seizures.

Daniel, Elliott, Oliver, Sheridan, and Harrison playing their guitars and harmonicas yesterday

1 comment:

amulbunny said...

Oh dear. Prayers that Elliott will recover from his seizures and be free from them. Prayers that the doctors can find a medication that will control them and that he can get his drivers license back. My SIL had one and she takes meds and they are under control. God Bless.