Yesterday Conor, his mother and I went to the Superstore on Main Street in Fredericton. As we moved to the express cash to pay for our purchases Conor began convulsing and a full scale tonic clonic or grand mal seizure was underway. I was able to hold him carefully as he fell to the floor to prevent head injury, placing him on his side so he would not choke. A shopper, who happened as it tourned out to be a paramedic, came by and provided assistance, including timing the convusions which lasted approximately 3 minutes. and providing assessment commentary as Conor recovered. The 3 minutes of convulsions and subsequent recovery time may not seem like much but if you are holding your son's head up off the floor while he convulses on the floor of a busy grocery store it can seem much longer.
Three well trained employees of the Superstore also provided assistance directing shoppers away from our immediate area towards a different cash, forming a line between us and other shoppers, getting a thick blanket for under Conor's head, offering moral support and suggestions, making a wheelchair available for when Conor was ready to be moved to my car, and actually accompanying us to our car in the parking lot.
Thank you to the Superstore who had trained staff on site to assist in seizure situations, thank you to the 3 employees who provided assistance and support and thank you to the paramedic who happened to be shopping in our immediate vicinity as Conor begain convulsing.
Thank you everyone.