Okay, now that the scare has worn off some, but not all the
way by a long shot…
I feel I can safely share how our weekend has been. Zeva started off being extremely quiet on Friday, which for a baby who normally demands to be the center of attention ALL the time and cries if she isn’t that was what started me on the Mommy patrol with her. I pay a lot of attention to my kids even when people assume I don’t because I am constantly always doing something. However, I know each of them to a T, and can tell you when something is off long before they even tell me.
Zeva wasn’t fussing, and when she did interact with you she was still acting
However, come Saturday morning she woke up with a flaming fever to the point that her cheeks were beat red. We, of course, gave her Infant Advil to break the fever. I didn’t have any infant Tylneol in the house. I honestly thought that I was doing right by giving her one kind of medicine to break the fever. We were checking her fever every hour up underneath her armpit, and Zeva was sitting perfectly still. She was staying around the 100-101 range. As long as she didn’t get to the 102 range I was okay with continuing to treat her at home.
Then the nightmare came!!!
She had a fever seizure because her fever spiked to over 103 almost immediately. She literally started shaking uncontrollably. Then she turned beat blue and got stiff as a board!! Her eyes were wide open and it flat out looked like she was dying on me. Had she swallowed her tongue she would have died right in my arms. It was the scariest thing in the world for me to go through as a mother.
Of course, we rushed her to the ER.
The ER nurse made me feel smaller than small because she thought I was dumb for not changing out the medicine back and forth between Advil and Tyneol every four hours. She made me feel like the size of an ant (actually smaller than that..) when she stated I should have been doing a rectal check of her temperature. The rest of the ER staff was very compassionate and told me that I wasn’t in the wrong for NOT knowing. (If you look at our chart with Zeva, if anything I’ve been the overly protective mother when it comes to her because she was born sick and has been sick off and on since she’s been born with breathing issues and such.)
Now I have to worry about Zeva having seizures when she gets sick or in general after she turns 5 years old. I had a friend who had them growing up, and it caused him a lot of grief. I hope and pray that Zeva out grows this issue.
We also found out while we are that the hospital that we were not the only parent in there with a baby gaining fevers for no apparent reason known to man yet.
I’ve been trying like the dickens to figure out why she’s getting these fevers, and why there is no pattern at all to her being sick. I haven’t figured it out. I think she’s teething and that’s what’s causing it. However, she’s barely eating and she’ll drink every several hours, but it has to be a juice or water of some kind for her and it has to be extremely cold. She’s still not out of the woods yet.
I have literally slept with her in my arms for the past two nights worried about her. It’s going to cost me big time when I want her to sleep on her own again, but I’m sorry I’d much rather have her safely in my arms than wake up to find that she had an episode and I wasn’t there to help her get through it. I’m an extremely light sleeper when she’s in my arms and sick to boot.
So, please parents keep an eye on your kids and this new unexplained sickness that is going around. It wasn’t the flu, an ear infection, or any of the other possible causes according to the doctors. They had four other kids there with the same issue. It’s more scary in my book to not know what is wrong than to know what is and have the means to fix it (or at least know it’s going away in time.)
Keep the medicine (BOTH) kinds handy in your homes. Keep a good thermometer that can used rectally handy as