The pieces finally started to come together. Dad said that she had been fine, no fever or anything; but when he picked her up after she fell he noticed that she was burning up with a fever. "Febrile Seizure". That's what had happened. Her fever got too high too fast and it caused a seizure. She had just come down with the virus that I had been battling for the last few days. They gave her medicine to bring down her 102.5 fever. We stayed in the ER for a few hours under observation while she recovered. She slowly came around and became more and more alert. Then we were finally able to come home around midnight.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
*** Maddie's fever broke yesterday morning! SIGH........... I feel so much better now. The doctor told us that her biggest risk of having another seizure was during the same virus, so we are breathing easier..... She is back to her old self now, you know, playing "lella" (Cinderella). Things are feeling more normal now, though we are not quite there yet. My Dad is much better too. I think we will all look at things a little diferently from now on. Thank you all so much for your prayers and support. I wish I could thank you all personally, I read every single comment and they all meant so much to me. I really can't thank you enough. I love you all! I will be back soon with some sewing and silliness. I'm just going to take a little more ime off to snuggle my sweet babies. Hug your babies today! ~xoxox, Samantha***
Friday started out like any other day except I still had a lingering headache and nausea from the virus I had Wednesday and Thursday. I was determined to have a normal day and NOT be sick. I cleaned up a little, talked to a couple of friends on the phone, snuggled with the kids, everything was normal. Mom called and asked if she could come and get the kids to spend the night, and I told her yes. Mom and Dad came to pick them up, and I started sewing.
Around 7 pm I got a call from my Dad, I could tell by his voice something was very wrong, he said "Sam, Maddie was standing there like normal, when all of a sudden her eyes rolled back in her head, she fell straight back, and started convulsing! She turned blue and we had to breathe for her! I've called the ambulance and they are on their way!". Shocked, I just said "I am on my way, tell them when they get there to take her to Children's Hospital! I will try to make it there before they leave!" In the car I called Ben on my cell phone and told him what I knew and to meet us at Children's. Somehow, someway, with God's help, I made it just in time to hop in the passenger seat of the ambulance. I didn't get to see her. She wasn't crying. She was on oxygen, and covered in wires but she wasn't crying. All I could see from where I sat was her foot, it just lay there lifeless. I kept saying "Maddie, Mama is here." but there was no response. The paramedic kept saying, "Maddie you have to stay awake, look at me Maddie". I have never been so scared in my life! I kept praying "God please let me hear her voice so I know she's OK". We were almost to the hospital when I finally heard her cry "mama!" Oh, it was the sweetest sound in the world, but then I felt so bad that I couldn't comfort her. When we got to the hospital I got to hold her. She was sort of out of it, shaky, and confused, but she was OK. It has never felt so good to hold my sweet baby girl before.
We are all trying to de-stress after the shock, it's funny how people tend to get upset after it's all over. I guess because you don't have time in the middle of a crisis to think about it, it hits you when it's all over. Maddie is still running a pretty high fever, she slept all day yesterday. I could tell that her muscles were completely worn out because she was so shaky and she seemed to have no strength. She also has a couple of bruises around her eyes. But, today she seems better except for the fever. My Dad is still recovering too, the doctors jokingly said that he will need therapy! They said that the kids usually fair better than the person who witnessed the seizure. I can believe that! I still have knots in my stomach! Molly, Tim, and my Mom were also there when it happened and Molly keeps saying "Mama, I just don't want Maddie to turn blue again!"
I may be out a few days tending to my sick baby (2 yr old "baby") please pray for her to feel better soon. I'm going to try to stock up on some energy! We are all pretty much emotionally drained.