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Re: vaso-vagal episode

Date: 9/8/00
Time: 7:59:56 PM
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my daughter suffered a first time possible episode last night late, but with more severe symptoms....she went to bed fine, no complaints....20 minutes later she was faintly calling my name, when I reached her she has had a sudden onset of profuse diarrhea and vomiting...she was on the commode head resting in hands, elbows resting on knees, she has her eyes open, but it is obvious she is not focusing. At that moment, she goes limp, which initially looked like "seizure-type" activity. In retrospect is was the passing out process and her head and arms weakening and shaking. She is totally unresponsive to voice and pain. Her body was limp and damp. Her breathing becomes rapid and labored, respirations over 40 a minute. My initial impression was a low blood sugar scenario. We called 911, and maintained an ariway. Her breathing was very deep and primal sounding. I knew it was serious. Her body was not rigid and there wasn't any teeth clenching typical of a seizure. She was unresponsive for about 20 minutes. When rescue arrived, they too, thought that she presented with hypoglycemia, and rubbed a small amount of honey on the inside of her gums. The taste of the honey seemed to a rouse her some. She became combative and apologetic.....That was a relief to have at least some reaction from her! She too, wanted to lay down and sleep. She reported not being able to see, and not being able to feel her legs, which resolved on its own in about 5-7 minutes after regaining conciousness.....She was evaluated at the hospital by a neurologist and ER physician for a possible seizure (CT scan, normal, lab blood sugar of 100, finger stick initially in ER was was 134, all other lab work good ). The team ruled out a seizure or epileptic episode. Her blood pressure was 80/50 on the primary assessment from the rescue team. The ER did mention a vasovagal response as a possible diagnosis. She was treated with IV fluids and potassium. My daughter slept most of the day, complained of a headache, and appears pale and slightly weak, but is otherwise much, much better! She only had the one episode of vomiting and diarrhea, and does not report feeling "flu or virus" symptoms. Please, if you have a similar story or reassuring words to share, please pass them on. If this is something she risks experiencing in the future, we need to prepare her for any warning signs of an oncoming attack. What if she were driving or.....worse ALONE? What if she didnt make it to the bathroom, or we didnt hear her......

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