Up All Night

Kevin Pumpkin Patch

Early Sunday morning, my youngest son Kevin suffered a febrile seizure; his third since 2011. The seizures are usually triggered by a high fever, and mostly affect children under six years old. Thankfully, the missus heard him coughing around 2am and brought him to our bedroom, so we were right there when the seizure came at around 3am.

It was a scary one, lasting about five or ten minutes from beginning to end. It was also complicated by the fact that he vomited as he was coming out of it.

The missus stayed up all night with him, and I got about 2-3 hours sleep total, so Sunday was zombie day at the Earp Ranch. Kevin got progressively better as the day wore on, and should – hopefully – be back to normal by tomorrow.

Please keep him in your prayers.

15 thoughts on “Up All Night

  1. Jay

    Will definitely keep him in my prayers. I hope he is soon feeling back to normal and that Mom and Dad can start to relax down again. Very traumatic for all concerned. take care of yourselves.

  2. realwest

    Wyatt – prayers and best wishes going up for Kevin and you and the entire Earp Family. Forgive me if this is a stupid question, but has Kevin been seen by a pediatric neurologist? I know that those fevers and all are not common (nor are they rare) but, forgive me if I’m going too far here, you might want to take some time to check out this site: http://febrileseizures.org.uk/

    Again, prayers and best wishes to all of the Earp clan and especially poor Kevin.

  3. Wyatt Earp Post author

    Jay – I think our days of fully relaxing are over. Especially for me. since I’m a chronic worrier.

    SB – Thank you.

    Dr. Evil – Between 11:30am and 11:31am?

    Jim – Thanks.

    Real – Yes, he sees one at Children’s Hospital (CHOP). We’re waiting his call-back as I type this.

    1. Dr. Evil

      No not then…that’s when the lovely Nicole usually passes by my desk. The thoughts would make Count Orllock cringe. And if you don’t know who Count Orlock is I highly recommend googleing him. The original on-screen vampire!

  4. Ed

    Hi Wyatt,

    You have my best wishes for you and your son.

    Just a thought from me. You may want to consider taking some more advanced medical training. I know you are a cop, so I’m pretty sure you have some basic familiarity with CPR and basic trauma management. Or maybe not. I’m not a subject matter expert in Philly police training.

    Anyway, I’m not now, but I used to be EMT-Basic qualified. Part of an old job I had.

    The training really paid off in several way outside of my job.

    Mainly, I was much more confident about dealing with medical situations that happened outside of work.

    The use of mnemonics, like ABCDEFG, OPQRST, and SAMPLE, plus the training to handle trauma and medical situations paid off quite a bit.

    It gives you a series of protocols to run through. It keeps you calm and focused and useful, which can help your patient as well, until professional medical assistance arrives.

    So if you don’t have it, I’d recommend getting trained up in basic CPR and then EMT-Basic procedures. Different states have different standards for EMT certification, so I have no advice except check with the appropriate authorities.

    Again, I’ve been exposed to medical and traumatic situations numerous times, and I have never failed to be very thankful for the training I received in the past, which helped me deal with situations as they arose, and to know how to stabilize people, and to know when a situation demanded getting further help from more advanced medical authorities.

    Your patient/son may feel calmer when you assist, and you will feel calmer, which in turn helps your son…positive feed back loop. Plus you will be be better at actual medical assistance.

    And again, I don’t know you. You may very well be a fully trained Paramedic, and be laughing at my comment. That’s cool too.

    Best wishes to you and your loved ones.

  5. Wyatt Earp Post author

    Ed – Thanks. We’re certified in CPR and first aid every two years. It’s not paramedic certification, but it’s pretty adequate, considering. I lost it and panicked when Julia had her first one, but we’ve been very calm and controlled with Kevin’s.

    For some reason, I can respond to a shooting/homicide and be completely impartial. But when it’s happening to my family . . .


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