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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. 

 

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It was a loooong week last week.

When we got back from Las Vegas, both M and I got sick.

And when I mean sick, I mean sick!  M had fevers all day for about two or three days, nothing too high, but after her febrile seizure, any fever is scary.. but that’s for another blog entry to talk about.. I am still battling a cough and some congestion.

It was pretty yucky.  I just had no drive to do anything, so blogging was definitely out of the picture.

It was pretty rough.  This was the first time since M was born that I was completely floored by a virus, and it was very hard on me.  I was exhausted, but I couldn’t stop to rest.  There was no “sick day” in parenting.

Needless to say, this week will be full of catching up.  Catching up on blogging, catching up on life, and catching up on Christmas preparations..

I’m regaining my bearings.  I’ve got lots of stories to tell.. I’m back!

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..

So far, M turning two hasn’t been fun.

We’re still battling her virus.. she’s had low grade fevers today.. yesterday, she may have had low grade fevers, but I never really took her temperature, so I thought she wasn’t having any.

She’s been coughing and it’s been frustrating her.  The poor girl.  She cries after a small coughing fit.  I know that the coughing is starting to hurt her throat.

Her nose is starting to run.

I thought she was supposed to be in the home stretch?

I’m really hoping so..

If she doesn’t get better, I’ll probably call the doctor again on Friday.

Prayers are appreciated.  I just want my bubbly little ball of fun back…

Thank God M’s fevers have not come back.  She went all day without a fever.  There were moments where I felt that she warmed up, but when I checked her temperature, it wasn’t high enough to give her any reducer.

Thank God!

Her attitude was much better too.  She played around and talked a lot more than she did during the weekend.  She didn’t cry as much, in fact, she didn’t cry at all!  She was full of laughs and songs.

She wasn’t at 100%, but I’m still happy with what I saw of her today.

Her pediatrician said that it might take a few days for her to be at her 100% active-self.

She eats, but she would still rather drink milk.  I’ve been diluting it because she’s developed a little bit of a cough and I’m not sure if the dairy is causing a lot more of the phlegm that she’s experiencing.

Her pediatrician says that she looks like she’s gotten over the hump of this viral infection.  I’m hoping so.  I miss my active little bug.  When she’s well, she’s exhausting.  She crazy-active and non-stop.  But when she’s sick and just sitting around or lying on the carpet, it makes me sad.  I miss the crazy activity.  I miss her being non-stop.

I’m hoping she’ll be over this completely before the end of the week.

Well, it was bound to happen again.

M has another cold.

She was just getting over the one she had about two weeks ago.. but we came home to a super stuffed up little girl that can’t say her “m’s” and “n’s.”

She was so stuffed up that when she called me, it came out as “bibi” not “mimi.”

And when she tried to count, it came out as “wahd” instead of “one.”

The poor girl.

I was totally expecting another sleepless night… but thank God, it wasn’t.

I gave M fever reducer before bed.  She had a slightly low grade fever, but I knew if I didn’t give her anything, that it could escalate into a full blown fever. 

I also slathered her chest with Vicks to help the vapors get to her nose and help open them up. 

And as any loving Filipino mother would do, I also put Vicks on her feet.  Don’t ask.  We just do.

Lastly, we turned on our humidifier.. we found that the warm air ones work better for M than the cool air.  I know that the cool air ones are much safer, especially with a hurricane of a toddler.  We tried the cool air one when she was younger, and it just never seemed to help her out much.  The warm air seemed to help clear her out every night we use it and it really helps give her a good nights sleep.

I’m hoping this cold won’t lead to an ear infection.  We dodged that bullet two weeks ago.. I’m hoping that we can avoid it again.

 


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