Saturday, January 31, 2009

Another Seizure

Henry had another seizure early this morning. Around 3am he wretched in bed and woke Tara who was sleeping next to his bed. She called me after he was unresponsive. He remained so, open-eyed and intermittently shaking and twitching, for about 45 minutes. After calls with the Hospice nurse we administered some anti-seizure medication. Three or four minutes afterward he began returning to normal and soon after fell asleep with minimal interruptions until morning.

Hearing Henry's voice in the morning was instantly comforting and anxiety provoking. He was only partly intelligible. He was slurring his words and was slow to move. I sat him on the couch to wake up a bit in front of the TV. He was clearly not himself and upon discussing things with our oncologist, we opted for a trip to our local emergency room for a CT scan of his head to ensure that nothing other than what we guessed was at work. We got the girls off to Grandma's and headed over.

We're back from that visit now; only a partial day spent in the emergency room. Since neither the ER doctor or our oncologist had the benefit of seeing the current scan with the prior ones, the report was less than meaningful. We received a copy which we will forward to Hopkins for review. Until then we're glad to be home and to have Henry returning to himself.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

My prayers and thoughts are with yall!
Susan Vallotton

rlbates said...

Ditto, what Susan said.

Anonymous said...

Bryan,
Please know that our love and prayers are with all of you...Debbie

Anonymous said...

Bryan and Tara,
Thank you for keeping us updated on Henry. We love you all and hope that Henry is doing much better this evening!
You are always in our thoughts and prayers!

Cousin Susan H.

Anonymous said...

You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Hugs,
Lind and Val

ms.t said...

I am so sorry to hear of Henry's seizure yesterday morning. I can't imagine how frightening it was for you and Tara. Thankfully the ER docs didn't see anything on the scan to warrant admission. My heart felt prayers are with you all.

Ms.T

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update. You are always in our thoughts and prayers. We love you. Steve and Susan

femail doc said...

Dang, 45 minutes is a long, scary time for no response. I'm glad things are better; always wishing your family the best.

Anonymous said...

Tara and Bryan,
Sorry to hear of Henry's seizure. I think of you all always and pray. My heart goes out to you all. As everyone else has said thanks sooo much for the updates.
Shelly

Anonymous said...

Sending you lots of love. We wish that Henry and your family did not have to suffer through this terrible disease. Just keep on hugging and loving each other. Know that we think of you often. We are always here for you if you ever need to talk.

Love,
Shirley, Wayne, Sophia, and Fiona

Anonymous said...

Bryan and Tara,
My heart breaks for your family that Henry has to go thru such a challenge. My thoughts and prayers are with Henry, you both and your girls.
God Bless.
Natalie