Our follow-up with the ENT isn't scheduled until March 1, but I have a strong feeling we will be seeing her sooner than that. Not only because of the sleep study results, which are due in another 4-5 days or so, but because we have a new concern.
We have actually had this concern for a couple of months, but kept it close to the vest amongst all of the other ENT related problems we've encountered recently. I've also kept this new problem quiet because, frankly, it is a little scary to contemplate.
We think Nolan is having seizures.
One day, we were walking in the grocery store and he dropped to the ground, then was slightly confused for a little while. Most of the time, however, he simply stops and stares. We can be walking in the mall, and he will stop walking and stand, completely motionless, for 10-20 seconds. He won't flinch if you touch him, call his name, or pull on his arm. Sometimes he will blink slowly or twitch his mouth.
I have to call our ENT to get in early, or call our pediatrician to get into their office, because we need a referral to a neurologist.
I wanted to get one of Nolan's "staring spells" on camera, so I carried our flipcam with me wherever we went. Usually, by the time I could get the camera on, Nolan would be done with his staring event. I finally managed to catch one, on the way back from preschool when he was in the car.
This is definitely a new wrinkle. I deeply hope we are not seeing seizure activity, but are simply dealing with some "zoning out" behavior. Another thing to take as it comes, I suppose.
TRANSCRIPT: I repeatedly call Nolan's name, while he is staring, then ask him if he wants to come inside once his staring episode is over. He nods yes.