I have never been so scared...yesterday afternoon, Mckenna fainted. Then it appeared she was having a seizure. She's ok now...I guess I should start from the beginning.
She had a busy last week with a church musical performance, school orchestra tour and her 6th grade graduation including some parties with friends. She started to get sick on Sunday night. Yesterday around noon, she came into my office and said she had burned her hand. I got her a cool cloth and started to look up burn treatments when she began looking very pale, stumbled backward and fell on the floor, shaking. A few moments felt like forever. When she woke up, she didn't know what had happened. She still looked pale when the paramedics arrived. They took her blood pressure and suggested they could drive us to the ER for some tests to make sure everything was ok.
The staff monitored her blood pressure for about an hour, did an EKG, treated the burn, and the final diagnosis was vasovagal syncope aka fainting. This is pretty common when the body experiences severe pain.
This morning, I feel so thankful, that it wasn't anything more; thankful for emergency medical services and professionals who face stressful emergency situations daily where it can be everything more; compassion for a worried, hysterical mom; hugs; and the reminder to never take life for granted.