The day after Noah was born my husband noticed him making strange repetitive motions. The on-call Ped. Dr. was rushed in and before we knew it our world was turned upside down. Our little man was being air lifted to a Hospital in Rochester, MN that was better able to handle our "situation". To say we were terrified would be an understatement.
|Noah, almost ready to go home.|
They told us he may never walk, may never speak correctly or understand directions. They just weren't sure of the outcome because babies brains are still rapidly developing.
We were sent home with anti-seizure medications and instructions to call if we needed anything.
Well that was almost 5 years ago now and that little baby has grown into an amazing little boy. He's had 1 serious seizure at about 6 months of age, but has been off his medications for about 3 1/2 - 4years now. He can walk, talk, run, play, understands directions and is the most caring child I've ever known. We are blessed to have him in our lives and he has taught us so many things. He was one of the lucky ones.
Take a moment to learn the signs below and then hug your children. Life is too short not too.
Information below taken from http://www.stroke.org/site/PageNavigator/PEDSTROKE
Childhood stroke symptoms are similar to those of adult stroke:
- a severe headache -- often the first complaint
- speech difficulties
- eye movement problems
Use the following tool to help you think F.A.S.T.:
|FACE||Ask the child to smile.|
Does one side of the face droop?
|ARMS||Ask the child to raise both arms.|
Does one arm drift downward?
|SPEECH||Ask the child to repeat a simple sentence.|
Are the words slurred? Can the patient repeat the sentence correctly?
|TIME||If the child shows any of these symptoms, time is important. Call 911 or get to the hospital fast. Brain cells are dying.|