On Wednesday, April 5th, Gabe went to school as usual. Around 9:30 that morning, he had a seizure that left him unresponsive for over 36 hours. During this time he had a CAT scan, three EEGs, a spinal tap, and an MRI and was moved to pediatric intensive care.
The cause was eventually narrowed down to encephalitis (related to the brain). All other readings came back normal. It was the beginning of his journey to recovery. Gabe started to open his eyes late Thursday. One of his first requests was to "watch TV," though he was back to sleep the minute the TV turned on.
As of Friday, 4/7, Gabe is not yet taking in solid food and hasn't been been able to leave his bed. He would wake throughout the day for a few moments at a time. He remains sedated due to the pain from the encephalitis, described as "worse than a migraine." He recognizes those he sees and is able to respond appropriately to questions. He remains under careful watch in intensive care.
Internet access is limited within the hospital, so CaringBridge was one way to keep everyone up to date on Gabe's progress. Prayers are being answered and the family is very thankful for the support shown!
A meal schedule will be set up once the family returns home.