The entries below are text messages between me (Greg, Amy's husband) and Amy on Wednesday, August 6, 2008.
3:48 pm - Amy: "On the Beach - Aahhh"
4:38 pm - Greg: "Love you all, on my way home"
8:25 pm - Amy: "Call me 911"
"Giving More Valium in Ambulance"
8:47 pm - Greg: "I have been praying. What is going on now?"
Amy: "It's backed off some we are almost to the Hospital"
Greg: "Is he responsive at all?"
Amy: "No eyes are open but won't respond"
Greg: "Can he grip and release your hand?"
9:00 pm - Amy: "No we're at the hospital. He's totally non-responsive
they gave 5 more Valium in the ambulance."
9:15 pm - Greg: "Anything new."
"Can u update me me every 15 mintues."
Amy: "Dr is here now will let you know soon."
"Signal is coming and going. Still nonresponsive."
"Dr. left without saying anything. Not a good hospital."
Greg: "Can u call dr. Philbrook?"
Amy: "I'll let you know if anythiung changes still
nonresponsive but starting to to try to focus
his eyes can't squeeze, pupils not dilated anymore."
Still very drugged we are in the hall, no rooms."
9:30 pm - Amy: "No signal"
"He's a little more awake, very post dictal.
Greg: "What does no signal mean."
9:45 pm - Greg: "Is he getting stronger"
Amy: "My phone signal is coming and going.
He just thew up and almost choked. They suctioned him
and finally moved us to an ER room. He's still not responsive.
11:12 pm - Greg: "Anything new?"
Amy: "Still not resting well but a little better than b4 still
moaning and trying to get comfortable."
Greg: "I love you and continue to pray"
Amy: "Just turned on his side and got in the poisiton he in. We
don't even have chairs to sit in so we've been standing for
3 hours. I love u and will call or text if anything changes.
11:32 pm - Greg: "My battery is dying. Call home number when you want to update."
"Just saw your email."
Amy: "My battery is dying too so I'll stay off the phone. He's sleeping
better now keeps trying to pull out the IV and will call you later.
I love you."
Greg: "Love you"
2:44 am - Amy: "He just roused a little and said Hey"
3:14 am - Amy: "He's hit a temp of 101.9
6:33 am - Amy: "On the way back to hotel."
I am often asked by those that are aware that my son has Epilepsy the following question, "How can you and Amy hold it together when Spencer is having a seizure?" or "What do you do when you are not with your family and Spencer has a seizure?"
First, I begin to pray to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I lift Spencer up, I lift Amy up, and I pray for those attending to them to have wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. The important thing is for me to have faith and not fear that God is in control and that his promises in the Bible apply in a very personal way to my family even when I am not with them. I pray for God's perfect will to be served because I know that this is the best way to pray for the best possible outcome.
Next, I remember that I am married to a strong, faith filled, God Fearing, woman and mother that is prepared to fight and protect her children. I remember that she is smarter and wiser than I am and will use her own faith and unity with the word of God to make sure that Spencer is well cared for by his nurses and physicians.
I believe that Spencer and Amy are amazing. I believe that they grow stronger with each challenge and obstacle Spencer faces. The testimony they are building and the faith they both demonstrate each time they walk out of an Emergency Room less than 12 hours after riding into the ER is astounding. They are warriors - Warriors for God. I applaud them and stand in awe as I see the way God works in their lives and builds their faith and makes them stronger.
It is not easy to be 6-7 hours away when they are in the ER and in the midst of another significant seizure but when you believe what I believe about my Savior Jesus Christ. I try to rest in the thought that God is in control.
Today, Amy was helping Spencer get out of the shower and she looked at him and said, I am so proud of you, how did get so strong and brave?"
His response, Mom, the secret is just 3 little things: Believe, Trust, and NEVER doubt!