Raelynn needed suctioning during this seizure. If you just want to see the whole seizure, skip to 01:39.
Raelynn will occasionally need suctioning during her seizures because something about her seizures often causes a lot of mucus to gather at the back of her throat. And if she were to breathe heavily while that mucus is there, as she does during her seizures, she could possibly inhale it into her lungs, which may cause her to get aspiration pneumonia, which may cause her to need to go to the hospital for a few days. We know because it’s happened to her before. So we suction excess mucus to keep all that from happening.
But when to suction and how much is very much a judgment call. If there’s only a little mucus, she can usually clear her throat on her own, especially when she’s on her side, and then we don’t have to use a suction machine which could potentially irritate her throat, leading to even more mucus.
So in this seizure, you’ll see that at first I thought she’d be able to clear her throat on her own, but then at a certain point, I realized that she really needed suctioning, so I hurried to the other side of the bed to turn it on. And then even after I suctioned her, I noticed as I watched the video back that I really could have suctioned her a bit more.
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The links below show a few seizures Raelynn has had throughout the years:
▶️ 17 months old: youtu.be/6BEdEB-OJXw
▶️ 18 months old: youtu.be/XhZMx7GHzBk
▶️ 21 months old: youtu.be/WXOeCJKECb8
▶️ 2 years old: youtu.be/om0LVyj74Xs
▶️ Almost 3 years old: youtu.be/pVMUT-pg0zU
▶️ 6 years old: youtu.be/EYNXrQSr9ug
▶️ 8 years old: youtu.be/GcIrDB5qkT0
A few playlists you may find helpful:
⏩ Seizures: youtube.com/watch?v=…
⏩ Tobii Dynavox: youtube.com/watch?v=…
⏩ Assistive Equipment: youtube.com/watch?v=…
⏩ Medical Procedures: youtube.com/playlist…
⏩ Living Life with Disabilities: youtube.com/playlist…
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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.
We post videos of Raelynn’s life, seizures, and other disabilities to this channel three days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday).
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