A few weeks back I wrote something about how I was in denial about my son’s condition. I really felt it was a wrong diagnosis, until it happened before my very eyes.
My son had a gran mal seizure. His eyes rolled up, and only the whites are showing, he was shaking, his arms and hands were rigid, and his face was turned towards the left. Fortunately, my sister was with him when this happened, they were watching TV in the living room together with my young nephew.
I found my son lying on the floor, and I felt my heart stop when I saw my child shaking like that. It lasted for about two minutes, but it took two more minutes before he was able to sit up. All the while I was stroking his hair, his face his arms, every part of him that I could touch. His eyes scared me the most. They were rolling uncontrollably, and he said he couldn’t see anything. He felt dizzy he said, and all I could do was tell him everything will be alright.
He has no recollection of what just transpired. He was really tired after that. He didn’t sleep after the seizure. We talked about it, and I apologized for not believing him the first time. He is my only son and it scares the hell out of me. I have fears of him going outside, what if he hurts himself if he had a seizure when he is playing with his friends? He is under medication, but I don’t know if this could really control or “cure” his attacks.
I tried to analyze what could have triggered this seizure. The first incident was when he was having dinner with his other aunt, and this second time, it happened after he had dinner. I looked for answers online and read through epilepsy.com that sometimes seizures can be triggered by the food they eat. In my son’s case, it could be that he had way too much sugar.
Now this one will be hard. My son is not a fan of fruits and vegetables. He loves his cookies, and chocolate drinks. According to the people in the forum who also have epilepsy, sugar triggers their seizures. Now, how can you stop a child from eating sweets when all the food that is around him is high in sugar?
I want him to get better, and as hard as it may, I will have to slowly wean him out of his sugar addiction, and substitute fruits instead.
I am humbled by this experience and at the same time I am also worried about his future. There is a possibility that he will get better in time according to his doctor, I sure hope he will. He’s a great kid, and I love him like crazy! I draw my strength from God and I also go to online forums to know more about how other parents cope if their child has this condition as well. Prayer gives me the peace I seek, please pray for Gabby too!