Wednesday, December 30, 2009
When the firemen came, they checked his vitals and his temp was 104.7 in the ear!! His heartrate was of course elevated and he seemed to still be asleep afterward as he wasn't responding well to us or the fireman. Once he cooled down a bit (they took off his pants and got a cold cloth for his head) he sort of woke up and then started to cry again when he saw the fireman. He said at that point that we should give him a dose of Motrin, so I got that out for him. The paramedic soon arrived with the ambulance and took down all the information, and then advised us to have him go to the ER since it was his first seizure. Also, he was still very out of it and they said it would be best to transport him in the ambulance in case he had another seizure...I wasn't arguing with that. He looked horrible at this point! I called our babysitter's mom and got them to come over to watch the other two kiddos and rode in the ambulance to the hospital and then when the babysitters arrived, David also came to the hospital in the car.
It turns out that David got to Tacoma General before we did, as the ambulance driver took a very circuitous route to the hospital. Apparently, the paramedic in the back informed me that he was used to driving around Sumner and wasn't as familiar with the Milton/Fife area. I could have thought of two shorter routes than the one he took! Oh well, thankfully by that point, Caleb had calmed down and was falling asleep in the ambulance. He kept looking with his eyes only to the right, which the paramedic said is sometimes a side effect of the seizure. Eventually, his eyes returned to normal and he would look both ways again.
The doctor in the ER informed us that his seizure was of course related to his high temperature and that in the future we should treat any temperature of his with a regime of Tylenol and alternating Motrin every 3-4 hours to prevent future problems with febrile seizures. We stayed in the ER room until Caleb could show he could take some fluids (a popsicle--he loved it) without throwing up. He was very shaky and wanted to sit with me or Daddy at all times. We did lay him down on the bed though for a bit and laid my coat underneath him to keep a Mommy smell around him. A couple times in what seemed like a deep sleep, he would jerk out of sleep and tried to roll over and nearly fell off the bed! I had to sit by the bed in order to catch him just in case.
When he first come home from the hospital, Daniel greeted him and gave him a hug and kiss and Caleb gave a sweet shy smile back. He wanted to walk, but wasn't too steady on his feet yet. I asked him if he was hungry and he tried to run to his highchair (like usual) and he tripped and fell and did a face plant on the rug. This was NOT popular. His legs were not cooperating very well!
We were told that after a seizure that usually a child will sleep a long time as the seizure really takes it out of them! However, we found the opposite to be true that he wanted to be awake and was extremely restless and kept waking up screaming the entire night. I began to wonder if he was scared to sleep, since he had the seizure during his nap. I'm not sure if he would have a memory of that necessarily, but maybe? It wasn't until the next day after repeated attempts at getting him to take a nap, did he finally sleep for a straight hour (3:30-4:30pm) and after that he was a little happier and more like himself, although still very shaky. That night, he slept VERY soundly (much to our relief) and the following day was back to his normal self. We knew that if he started to break out into random dance that he would prove his normal Caleb-ness was back, and he did a little jig for David in the morning.
Febrile seizures are common in young children with high temps, and also there is a higher risk if someone in the family has had them. I had them also around the same age as Caleb, so there you go. Needless to say, we learned a lesson and will be very careful about fevers from now on for sure!
Thanks for all who prayed for our precious little one. We are very thankful that he is back to normal and not hospitalized or permanently injured or whatever!
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
The countdown to Christmas begins! And as usual, I will likely do our gift shopping the day before Christmas! We don't have that much to purchase, just some gifts for the kids, so that is pretty easy to find at the last minute. And any new toy to Josiah is the coolest thing ever, and the twins don't know any different, so it will be a fun year I am sure. Josiah has only asked for Lego sets....oh and most every "boy toy" commercial he has seen on Nickelodeon or Disney Channel when he sees them. It is funny. And for the girl toys, he either says, "We should get that for Hailey" (a friend's daughter) or now he will say, "When the baby girl gets older, we can get her that!"
While on a Josiah note, his new thing of late is to say, "I don't want a baby sister anymore. I want a KID!" I tell him that all babies grow up into kids. He still emphatically states that he doesn't want a baby sister and then says he wants another brother. I usually say something like, "We don't get to decide if the baby is a sister or a brother, only God decides that." He then in a mad voice says, "Then I am going to leave this family. I am going to go live with Grandma and Grandpa." When he said this to Daddy, Daddy just laughed and said, "That's silly, you can't leave this family....God gave you to us!" He also added that Grandma and Grandpa wouldn't be able to keep up with him. Josiah said, "Grandpa can run!" Daddy said, "No actually Grandpa can't run." (He has had some problems with his foot of late.) Josiah said, "Oh yeah." Good old 4-year-old logic...we can usually talk him out of things! Other times though, he does want a baby sister and he regularly hugs and kisses my belly and talks to the little girlie. Sometimes he will sit still to feel her kick too when she is really going at it and he has felt her a few times. The twins also say, "Hello baby" to my belly and kiss it, but I think they are just mimicking their big brother. They don't really get the concept that a baby is living in my belly!
Another cute conversation I had with Josiah today went something like this:
Josiah: When the baby girl grows up, I can marry her!
Mommy: No, you can't marry your sister, you have to marry somebody outside our family!
Josiah: Well, I have to marry SOMEONE!
Mommy: (chuckling to self) Sweetie, there are lots of girls out there to marry! Daddy and I will pray that you will meet the right girl for you when it is time to marry someone!
Earlier in the day today, Daddy shared some Smarties candies with Josiah and it was a fun treat. Later, Josiah did something good and I remarked, "You're so smart Josiah!" He replied, "That's because I ate Smarties!!" And that explains it I guess!!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
As a side note, the check-up for baby girl went great. Her heartbeat was steady at 140 and I was measuring properly and all that, so all is well!