Febrile Seizure

1/30/2013

On Tuesday night we experienced an event that shook us to the very core. After picking Soren up from daycare, we realized that he was sick. He was warm and seemed kind of lethargic. Once we came home, we settled in on the couch to watch some 'Daniel Tiger' and get started on dinner. We figured he had a bit of the flu, as it was clear that he had a fever, but nothing else seemed to be bothering him. We poured ourselves a glass of wine and sat down for dinner, and I decided that I would stay home with him the next day.

After dinner (which he didn't eat) he still seemed warm so I went to fill up a syringe of baby advil. As I walked into the living room, he was sitting on his daddy's lap when the seizure started. He shook back and forth, and could not catch his breath. His eyes were open but not in focus, and soon his lips turned blue. A million thoughts went through my mind, but quickly I realized we needed to call 911. Now. By the time I was dispatched through to a paramedic, he'd started breathing again and was sleeping. The paramedic kept repeating to me that this can be a normal occurrence in children under six years of age. While it's extremely scary to witness, it does not have long-term effects.

I am so incredibly thankful to the wonderful first responders who showed up at our house within minutes. They took complete control of the situation, and made us feel comforted in the fact that our baby was receiving the best care he could be. Soren was stripped to his diaper, and cold rags were pressed onto his hot body. He let out a cry, for which I was so, so, happy to hear.  A decision was made for me to ride to the hospital with him in the ambulance, while Tyler would follow behind.

By the time we arrived at the hospital our baby was slowly acting more like himself. He was calling out for 'Money', 'Daddy', and 'blanket'. We spoke with several doctors who thoroughly examined him and told us we were safe to take him home.

The last 24 hours have been tough. It's unlikely he will have another febrile seizure, yet we sit in fear that it will happen again. His fever has been up and down, and we are anxiously taking his temperature every hour. To go from having a glass of wine in hand, to watching your baby stop breathing, to seeing 10 paramedics in your living room is crazy. There are no words. We continue to cuddle and kiss him every minute of the day, while we hope that this sickness passes quickly.

8 comments:

Kelly Jo said...

Oh my gosh, thank the Lord he is okay!
I can't even imagine how scary that must have been. As a brand new mama my heart races when my little gal does something even as small as cough on her milk. The idea of watching her have a seizure brings tears to my eyes...I'm so sorry that you guys had to go through that!
Sending prayers your way for comfort and for Soren to get to feeling 100% asap.

la petite lulu said...

Oh my goodness, I'm shaking just reading this - I'm so, so glad the little guy is ok. I can only imagine just how scary that would have been for you guys, I hope Soren is back to full health quickly xo

Arimimen said...

Happy to read your baby is back to normal.

Jill Schrader said...

That sounds so scary. I've read about febrile seizures before but my daughter has never had one. I'm glad Soren's okay!

Jessica said...

gosh that is so scary! I'm so glad he is ok.

Rebecca said...

this is so frightening. I honestly don't know what I would do. It sounds like you handled yourself so well in such a scary situation.

jessica renee said...

Oh I can't even imagine how terrifying that was for all of you!!! A friend of mine's daughter just had one of these seizures a few weeks ago! I'm just so glad he's ok and feeling better.

Jelli said...

Oh my goodness! I'm so terrible in those panick moments. So glad your 911 EMTs made it fast and were obviously quite talented with people skills to make you feel more at ease. So glad Soren's okay!