It’s been a while since I last blogged. The last time I blogged I was really excited about Spring Break, but that was right before my kids got sick. We started our Spring Break with my son being sick with a cold. Then his temperature got up to 104. We took him to the emergency room because I was scared because neither of my kids has ever had a fever that high. When we went to the emergency room they said it was an upper respiratory virus that was going around that a lot of people were catching (they even said they had admitted 42 kids from the ER the previous day). So they gave me instructions to alternate Mortin & Tylenol every 3 hours until his fever broke.
Well, my son’s fever broke the next day but he was still really congested. However, my daughter was doing well so her and my husband went to see Beauty & The Beast at the movie theater. I thought I would be nice for her to get out the house and have some fun during Spring Break. However, I probably should have kept her in because then she got sick. She went to bed fine, but around 4 am I woke up and felt that she was hot. I took her temperature and it was 100.4. I got up and got her some Tylenol and she took it. She asked for water three times and was talking a lot (which is normal…whenever she wakes up in the middle of the night she likes to talk for a while before going back to sleep). She fell back asleep and I thought she was ok, but then about 5 minutes later she started having a seizure.
This was my first time seeing someone have a seizure and it was extremely scary. I called 911 and it seemed like it took forever for help to arrive. Thankfully, her seizure only lasted about two minutes and the 911 operator was very helpful in letting us know what we should do. That we should lay her on her side and make sure that there was nothing around that could harm her. He also said don’t put anything in her mouth. And he let us know that it was normal for her to urinate on herself during the seizure, which she did.
Once it was over it appeared that she wasn’t breathing which was really scary. Then the ER operator told me to let him know every time she took a breath and he told me she was breathing good. He also let me know that she may be sleepy after it was over and that was also normal, which she did.
A police officer arrived first, followed by the paramedics, and then the fire department. Since her seizure was over the paramedics asked if we wanted them to take her to Arkansas Children’s Hospital and we said yes. The paramedics woke her up and asked her what her name was. She knew her name so they said that was good.
My husband rode in the ambulance with her to the hospital. While I woke up our son and called my mom to let her know what had happened. I had planned on dropping my son off with my mom, but he was worried about his sister and wanted to go to the hospital with me. So we headed to the hospital. Once we got there the doctors were finishing up examining her. They concluded she had a febrile seizure that is caused by a sudden spike in your body temperature. It most often happens to kids 5 and younger.
When I first notice my daughter felt warm her temperature was 100.4. However, when the paramedics took her temperature it was over 103 degrees. So her body temperature did rise very rapidly. Luckily, with a febrile seizure, they don’t usually cause any brain damage or any other lasting effects. They also explained that most kids will not have another febrile seizure, but there is still a chance that she could experience another one. So they wrote us a prescription for a medication that we can give if she happens to have another seizure and it lasts longer than 5 minutes or if she stops breathing during the seizure. Then she was discharged with care instructions and orders to schedule a follow-up appointment at her pediatric clinic.
We were able to get an appointment with one of the nurse practitioners in the pediatric clinic my kids go to. While she confirmed my daughter was fine. She stressed that we needed to be very vigilant in looking for signs of a rapidly increasing body temperature in the future to prevent another seizure. I have to admit this left me feeling paranoid and that I checked her temperature way too many times (like we were sleeping with the thermometer in the bed and checking it all through the night).
My daughter has been fine, but my husband and I were shook from the whole experience. The first couple of nights it was really hard sleeping because we were terrified of her having another one since she was still running a fever. It took about 4 days for her to be free of a fever.
Our Spring Break was not at all how we expected it to be. I was planning on a leisurely and relaxing week. But it was a week full of sickness and stress, which is why I had to take a break from blogging. But both kids are now doing great. Plus, I’m feeling a less stressed after a visit with her actual doctor last week. Who told me that I didn’t have to worry so much and that I DID NOT have to take her temperature 20 times a day 🙂
While our Spring Break didn’t go as planned, but I’m thankful that it wasn’t anything too serious and that both kids are back to their healthy selves.