I don’t know why I truly believed and trusted in ‘modern’ medicine. I thought for sure that the iron supplement would curb any future episodes. Boy was I wrong.
He’s had 2 now since he’s been on the iron, and today’s was the scariest. Of course none are truly nonchalant, but today’s was worrisome.
It wasn’t long, thankfully only a minute. When he exhaled all his breath it is about 15 seconds before he stiffens and either passes out or seizes. That means his brain is depleted of oxygen for those 15 seconds. Today’s seizure, his lungs were affected. Well, I should say the diaphragm because it was only until about 45 seconds into the seizure that he started to get a little air in. That is an entire minute without oxygen to the brain. One minute, can you hold your breath for one minute? I can’t.
Dh and I had a bit of an argument after about whether or not to give mouth-to-mouth at that point. He says no because based upon what he’s been taught you shouldn’t give mouth to mouth during a seizure. He’s basing it on the idea that normal seizures are not directly from breath holding spells but an automatic system shortage, and often the person is breathing in hitches. If you force are into the lung of someone who already has air in them you can damage the lungs.
But duh, we know he has no air in him because we watch him breath it all the way out. Yes, sure, the text books don’t recommend it, but the text books don’t even mention this type of situation, they expect people to think beyond the text book, which is something dh cannot do. I, however, often say screw the rules and go with the gut.
Pffft. Shit this isn’t fun. And it all started because his sister didn’t want him wrecking her cd player so she took it away and said no. That’s it. The pediatrician even said not to let this affect our parenting or we will have a monster on our hands. Oh lady, that ain’t a worry with me.