Seizure with excessive saliva and drool (required suctioning)

This is a seizure that my daughter Raelynn had. Skip to 01:15 to see the full seizure.


It’s common for my daugher to have excessive saliva and drool during her seizures. So it’s always good to have her suction machine nearby and ready just in case there’s a possibility that she would choke on her saliva. But it’s also important not to overuse, which can irritate the back of her throat. In this seizure, she was actually doing a good job of making sure her saliva didn’t just stay at the back of her mouth. So when I suctioned her in this video, it was only at the very front of her mouth and cheeks so that she didn’t suck the saliva back into her throat where it would cause problems.

It doesn’t always happen this way, but at least during many of her seizures, Raelynn’s instinct is to spit out her saliva so that she doesn’t choke on it. And even though it’s obviously not ideal that she would have seizures at all, I am glad that we can generally trust our bodies to do what they need to do.

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Raelynn has epileptic encephalopathy, global developmental delay, cerebral palsy, cortical vision impairment, and I could go on and on. In fact, I’ll go on a little more. Raelynn is quadriplegic. She has a gastro-jejunal (GJ) tube through which she “eats” all of her food. She has a vagus nerve stimulator (vns), and is currently getting intravenous immunoglobulin (ivig) treatments to hopefully help with her seizures. She regularly wears a shaker vest, uses a nebulizer, and a cough assist machine to help her breath better, especially when she seems extra susceptible to aspirating on her oral secretions.

Raelynn’s been to the doctor more times than the rest of our family combined!

In this whole situation, if we were looking for hope in our circumstances, we honestly wouldn’t find much. Raelynn will probably always be in a wheelchair. She’ll probably always be fed via a food pump. She’ll probably never talk. And she has virtually no chance of getting better.

I can’t tell you how many times people have told me, “God can heal her.” I’ve actually come to find it a little funny when people say that (and I’m a pastor!). I know that God CAN heal her, and I know that God will heal her in eternity, but the point of life is not that we wouldn’t have difficult circumstances.

God is using Raelynn exactly as she is right now. I see how much I’m a better person because of Raelynn. I see the ways God has changed my family, the things He’s taught us, the people He’s put us in connection with, all because of Raelynn’s problems. When I see how much God uses her disabilities, I see that God takes the bad things, the hard things, the hopeless circumstances of our lives and brings beauty, goodness, and hope from them all.

That’s what this channel’s about.

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