Thursday, January 7, 2010

All about the scary day




Yesterday stared off a normal day. Ethan ran around playing and tormenting the dogs and cats. Malia took a nap, then we headed off to my mom's house for a bit. I was going to just say a few minutes to drop something off, but decided to stay, and I'm so glad I did.



After a little while Ethan climbed up on my mom's chair and said he wanted to go "seepy". He had woken up early so I didn't think anything of it at the time. He slept for a good hour and a half there. My sister stopped by after work and after about 20 min or so I noticed Ethan was awake so I went over to see him and that is when the day changed for the worse.



I picked him up a little bit and noticed he was shaking really bad. I called his name a few times, but nothing. My sister, who is a nurse, came over and said he's having a seizure. The only thing I could think of was call 911. I handed him to her and called. I could see her carry him over to the the floor and lay him down. His body was convulsing for what seemed like forever. As I was talking to 911, I heard my sister say, his lips and fingertips are turning blue. That's when I thought, oh my gosh he's going to die in front of me and there is nothing I can do to stop it. I have never felt more terrified or helpless than I did at that moment. I was praying like crazy in my head that everything would be ok. I think I asked my sister about 10 times over a few seconds if he had a pulse and if his heart was beating. She kept saying yes there's a heartbeat, yes he has a pulse. I'm so grateful she was there. It's funny, I totally know what to do in situations like that, but when it was my own child, I couldn't think straight, I knew that she knew what she was doing and that she would do everything she could to help him.



I remember seeing his little body gasping for air and not responding and I just prayed and prayed that it would just stop, then it did. His body stopped shaking, his color came back, I finally felt a little relief. I called Adam after I got off the phone with 911. He was probably just a little shocked when I said he had a seizure, since I had just talked to him and everything was fine. I felt bad for him because he wasn't there and really couldn't do anything but wait and listen to what I was telling him.



The paramedics got there just after the seizure stopped and they were wonderful. He was still not awake or responding to anything, but at least he was breathing. They checked all of his vitals, and he did have a fever of 102. They said that it is very common to have a febrile seizure in children his age, still not much comfort. He finally opened his eyes to see about 7 paramedics standing over him poking and prodding him, and he had the most confused look on his face, like who are these people and what the heck are they doing to me, and then I heard him cry, I never thought I would be so incredibly thankful to hear him cry, but I was. He cried for a bit and then was kind of out of it for the next little bit. They said it's normal to be sleepy and out of it for a while. After he was a little more responsive they said that they had a standing order that if a child has a seizure with a fever and it's there first, they don't transport to the hospital, what? I guess it's really common and there isn't much more they can do. They told me to call his doctor and see what she wanted me to do. We did, and she said, go to the ER.



So we headed off to TMC. My sister came along and checked on him in the car to make sure he was ok. When we got there it was completely empty and we got right into a room. Adam met us there, and I'm sure he was so incredibly glad to see Ethan. He basically slept the entire time we were there. The doctor came in and said the same thing the paramedics did. It's very scary, but not dangerous. It happens a lot, etc. But that he could have another and that would be normal too! WHAT? How is this normal??? That's about all they did. They said just to watch him and give him Tylenol with his fever. Well, he finally woke up at about 5 with no fever, and totally back to the normal bouncing off the wall Ethan that we are used to. He acted as if nothing happened and that continued. Last night there was no way he was sleeping in his bed by himself, so there he was in between Adam and I with Finding Nemo on, and he was loving it. Throughout the night I remember waking up A LOT and just checking on him to make sure he wasn't getting too hot and that he was ok. He woke up quite a bit too, he wanted his diaper changed, a drink, a bandage, and I think he wanted to play a little too. I guess he wasn't that tired after basically sleeping from 12 to 5.



We just wanted to blog about this in case you haven't heard of this. It is pretty common and apparently if it only last a few minutes is not dangerous, just extremely scary to watch. We are so grateful for the family that we have here in town that were able to help out, and our family that is not here that prayed for everything to be ok. I know our prayers were answered and we are so grateful to the Lord for getting us through this with him ok. As I type this I hear Ethan running around telling our dogs what to do. He's definitely back to himself.


19 comments:

Nicole said...

oh my goodness... i can't imagine how hard that would have been to watch. a febrile seizure would have been my first guess, that doesn't make it any easier or any better when you're in the situation. kacey gets really high temperatures like 105-106 and i always prepare myself that if she has a sezuize, it will look worse than it really is. you're amazing, i don't know how you made it through the day. i would be a wreck, thank heavens for that sister of yours... as much as i think i have it together, put my child in danger and i wouldn't know what to do! i'm glad to hear ethan's back to himself (i wouldn't have let him sleep alone either... good call!)

Grandma said...

I cannot imagine--I will write in a minute. I am crying at Ethan's and your day. I'll write after I get a tissue.

Love, Grandma

Jill said...

Hey Sam, oh how scary! I'm glad you sister was there to help you and that everything turned out okay. This happened to the little boy who lives 1 house down a few weeks ago, and to my nephew a couple months ago. They are all fine, too. Doesn't make it any less scary. I'm glad he's okay!

Shawna said...

So scary. Glad everything worked out o.k. It's amazing how after the situation you look back and you can see the lord's hand in everything you just dealt with.
When Sydney was about 1. She woke up from a nap and her breathing was labored and her skin was purplish and splotchy. Never really figured out what it was but after talking to my MIL she said that 2 of her boys would have seizures if they had a fever that spiked really fast. Scary!

I heard it was common too but I don't too many people that have had the happen to them.

Glad he's o.k.

Heather (wife to Dave, mom to Jenna and Adam) said...

I had a seizure when I was about 2-3 too, and my mom still talks about it being one of the scariest moments of her life. They rushed me to the ER and nothing was wrong- just a high fever. So glad Ethan is okay and that you had family close by to help you.

The High Family- said...

I am so sorry that this happened, but I am super glad that your sister and mom were with you. I would have reacted the exact same way. We are so happy he is doing better. He has a lot of people praying for him and you and Adam. Love you guys and are so excited to see you in a few weeks.

Nicole said...

OMG! That is so scary! I am so happy that things turned out ok. Now I am teary eyed b/c of your grandmas comment!

I would love to see you guys! Hugs to your kids!

Kenningtons said...

WOW!! That really is so scary! I have only heard of this recently and now I FREAK OUT when my child has a fever. I'm so glad Ethan is okay and that you were able to be with your sister when such a scary thing happened. I hope he doesn't have any more!!!!!

LucyH said...

Glad everything is okay. I always wonder how I will react in situations like that. Sounds like you did great in handling everything!

Chase and Kortney Crowley said...

I started crying reading your entry! You are so brave and strong for your children. I just hope I can do the same. Ethan was in our prayers all day yesterday and we are glad to hear he is doing okay. We sure do love that little guy! Give him hugs for us!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Your story brings back so many memories! Sydney had her first seizure at 3 and still has them today. It is the worst thing in the world to watch your child go through this, but I am glad it was just caused from a fever. It is amazing how quickly they bounce back, but you seem to never forget! Glad to hear that he is doing well! Take Care!

Michelle Wood

Ami said...

oh my goodness!! I am so glad your sister was with you all! That just happened to a friend of mine's son! She received the same response! Not at all comforting at first, I would imagine! THANK YOU for sharing this story...you never know who will benefit from this information next...Glad you're all okay!

Jamie said...

Hey Adam and Sam...this is Jamie Christensen. I am sooo glad little Ethan is okay. What a scare. I have never heard of this and am very glad you shared your story. Your mom (Diane) sent me the link to your blog to read... wow, how scary. I am so glad all is well!

Kris said...

I'm with Grandma. I can't hardly type because I'm all tearful.

That is so scary! I pray that this never happens to him again- and that you can recover from this as well as he has! Let us know if you need anything...

pshubble said...

That is very scary. Our Emmalee had one of those seizures after we were parents for only 5 days. Talk about throwing you into full-swing parenthood. Glad to hear he is doing better. Watch those fevers that spike.

Jenn and Kylann said...

I still don't get how that can be normal! Holy cow! How scary Sam! I'm so sorry you had to go through that!

Carrie said...

Oh Sam...so scary! I am so glad everything turned out ok and Ethan is fine! Abelha has had a fever for a few days, now I know of something to watch for! Love ya!

Mary said...

I'm so glad your story has a happy ending...I can't even imagine going through that. I am also surprised at everyone's comments about knowing so many other kids that have had seizures. I have never heard of it! But now I know, thanks to you!

Anabelle said...

Sam,
What a terrible thing for you to experience. I'm happy to hear that Ethan is back to being himself and I pray you don't have to go through that again.