Tue, Mar 20, 2012
I left Edmonton on February for a job related course; I was going to be out of the city for 4 days. While driving the 2.5 hours to my destination, I felt I was going to get a phone call that I needed to rush home for something. I have a couple of ongoing projects, and I thought my feelings of apprehension related to them.
On Tuesday, February 7th at about 3:45 in the afternoon I received a call from my wife who was at work. She was crying and told me, my 14 year old daughter, Christine, was at home nearly in a coma and unresponsive. I immediately called home and got in touch of with my oldest daughter and my sister; she is a nurse and rushed right over.
She told me that Christine was lying down; her eyes rolled back into her head, almost totally unresponsive and appeared to be slipping into a coma. They called an ambulance and rushed her to the local children’s hospital, while I packed up, prayed and sped home.
By the time I returned to Edmonton; everything seemed fine. Christine had come fully out of it, and outside of being tired she looked quite normal. They ran several tests, including a check for a stroke, and all came back clear. There was no reason for this to be happening.
Christine stayed home from school for two days and slept, and since that incident, there hasn’t been a repeat of it. We are grateful for that.
In the meantime, doctors are running tests trying to determine why this happened. She has a EEG coming in two weeks at the Neurophysiology lab at the UofA hospital here in Edmonton.
Much of my time after this matter has been just being with my family and my daughter. This was a frightening incident and took its toll on us emotionally. I can handle my struggles with sickness, but it is an entirely different matter when it’s your child. Things have settled now, and I hope to get back to writing more.
Just remember: when life throws a curveball… God is always there. He is the source of strength for my family and I in all situations.