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Getting sick after having a febrile seizure just isn’t the same.

Before her seizure, I felt that I had her little colds and sicknesses under control.  I was calm.  I wasn’t too scared about her being sick.  I was worried, of course, but I always knew that they were simple viral infections that would run it’s course and leave.

After her seizure, I feel like I see it all with a different set of eyes.

There is definitely a fear now.  There is a fear that washes over me whenever her temperature goes any higher than 101.  There’s a fear that her fever will shoot up higher than her little body could handle and she’d get hit with another seizure.  The fear of another seizure is very real. 

Luckily, her fevers during this cold weren’t super high, nor did they sky rocket out of control.  She responded well to the fever reducer and eventually the fevers went away.  I know that this fear is something that I will have to deal with for a long time whenever M, or whatever future child, get sick. 

It’s definitely NOT fun. 

 

Parenting has a lot of ups and downs.  September 26th, 2013 has got to be one of the worst downs I’ve experienced as a parent.

September 26th has got to be the scariest parenting moment I’ve experienced in the two years of being a mother.

M’s fever was difficult to control.  Within two hours of taking a dose of Tylenol at 11am, I felt her fever start to return.  Hubby and I tried everything we could.  We changed her into a cotton tank top and I started wiping her with a room temperature wet cloth.  We just couldn’t control the rate that the fever was climbing.

Then it happened.

She was tired in my arms.  She was drifting in and our of sleep, but I just thought she couldn’t find a comfortable position.

Suddenly, she looked up at me with the strangest look in her eyes, and she was totally unresponsive.  I tried so hard to get her attention, but to no avail.  Then, she started drooling and I knew this wasn’t normal anymore.  I started to hear her gurgling and her lips started turning blue.  I laid her forward to get as much saliva out of her mouth and tried so hard to just get her to snap out of it.  I saw her fist clench and her arms stiffen up.

During all this, Hubby was on the phone with the 911 responder.  They told us to lie her down flat, tilt her head slightly up and keep her airways clear.

As quickly as it happened, it quickly ended.  She was moaning and looked confused, but her body was relaxed.

The paramedics took us the the Emergency Room where they treated her high fever and kept us there until she was ok.

I thought that her fall from last month was scary.   That was NOTHING compared to that seizure.

When the paramedics took her temperature, it was 103.9.  That’s HIGH!  Her poor body couldn’t regulated the temperature and allowed the fever to just go up at such an alarming rate.

Febrile seizures run in my side of the family.  I had one when I was about M’s age and my mother said she had one too.  I knew there was a chance of her getting one, I just hoped that I would have been able to prevent one by keeping her temperature down, but I guess it was bound to happen.

Thankfully, she’s all better, and febrile seizures usually cause no lasting damages, nor do the cause any other type of seizures.

I hope that I can prevent any further febrile seizures from happening.  It was too scary to have to try to deal with again!

Wednesday
M woke up with pretty high fever.  Before I went to work, I gave her some fever reducer and made sure the fever went down.  She went to Grandma’s house with a low grade fever pretty much the whole day.  Right before Hubby picked her up, her fever spiked up and she was on fever reducer for the rest of the night and into the next day.

Thursday
Hubby decided to stay home and I decided to leave work early.  She was having high fevers throughout the night.  Fever reducer was barely working and her fevers would get up to 103.  She ended up having a Febrile Seizure.  That was the scariest moment of my life, and I will talk about it more on tomorrow’s blog post.  At the point of her seizure, the paramedics recorded her temperature at 103.9.   They were able go get her temperature down in the ER and taught us how to alternate between acetominophen and ibuprofen to keep her fevers down.

Friday
Fevers were still high.  Alternating between the tylenol (acetominophen) and the motrin (ibuprofen) helped keep her temperature down.  But the fevers were still constant.

Saturday
Suddenly little rashes started forming on her torso and neck.  Her fevers were still around, just not as high as the previous days.  I though for sure she was getting better.

Sunday
The rashes were more prominent, but her fevers came back.  She felt very down and all she wanted to do was sleep.  However, by that night, she had her last fever at 100.5.  I gave her a final dose of Tylenol right before she went to sleep and prayed that it was all over.

Monday
I decided to take her to the doctor for the third time since this all started.  The doctor was pretty sure it was roseola, and said the fevers should stop.  If not, then we would have to consider get blood tests because the fevers should be stopping once those rashes appeared.  Thank God, her fevers had stopped completely.

Tuesday
I decided to take one last day off to make sure the fevers were completely gone.  She has been back to her old antics again and I couldn’t be more grateful.  The rashes are subsiding, but can still be seen.  They aren’t itchy and she isn’t uncomfortable.

This is why I haven’t been writing here.  I’ve been in full mommy nurse mode.  All the while, my birthday came and went.

I’ve got a lot of blog catching up to do..


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