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So the young lady that I called an ambulance for last Friday fainted again today. They called me and she was sitting in a wheelchair pale & with a headache. I immediately got her on the floor with her feet up & her B/P was 120/48. Called mom who said the doc said follow the care plan. The plan states she is to rest until she feels better and then go back to class.
So while she was resting, one of the AP's pulled up the video of her fainting in the hallway. It happened between classes. She and a friend were leaning over the school store counter. The video shows her first sitting down with her head between her knees--this is the plan for when she feels faint. Then she gets up, leans over the counter to look into the store again. Then she stands up straight, falls back, hands at her side, hits her but & head HARD. No hands reflexively reaching out to stop the fall.
It was a horrifying thing to watch. A picture really is worth a thousand words. So I said that her mom really needs to see what is happening. When I checked on her again, she was still pale and with a headache. She has had a headache for weeks now & is not sleeping due to the pain. A PA saw her in the ER last Friday after I had her transported for the fainting, headache, and super low B/P & could find nothing. He said don't send her back unless something different happens. Just follow the care plan
The family pushed for a CT but it showed nothing. She is scheduled soon for a full body MRI & has an appointment with a neurologist after that.
I called mom back & said that she needed to come see the videos we had of her fainting--we also had one from last week when she fainted in the hallway...I told her we can't keep having her hit her head like this & I didn't feel comfortable keeping her at school after hitting her head like that again... I said she needed someone to monitor her for concussion symptoms--NO ONE has mentioned a concussion after all of this!! Or even the possibility of it!!
She took her daughter to see the NP after she left. Our SRO sent the video to the NP. I don't know the results of that visit yet.
ANYhow...I just got a message from her AP who has set up a safety meeting with me, mom, and the principal in the morning. But seriously, I am at a loss!!! What else can we do? This young lady is trying to take steps to sit down & rest, but she isn't always able to predict it and is feeling so badly that I question whether she should be in school right now.
Thoughts anyone? I don't feel like I have much to offer for the safety meeting except please keep her home or get her a helmet until something is done for her medically to stop this!!
BTW, she has had these fainting episodes for a couple of years. But iit was rather infrequent & has now ratcheted way up in the past month. Parents thought she was doing it for attention. But no way in MY mind a person could fall backward like that and not reflexively reach out your hands to stop your head from hitting full force.