I get this flu thingy that
s been going around. The BAD one. I started feeling bad on Monday morning and by 2 oclock in the afternoon I had to leave work. Took all of Tuesday off and slept most of the day. Bad aches, fever, cough, runny nose, the whole nine yards.
I feel a little better Wednesday morning so I get up to go to work. I check on the kids (20 months, 3years) and they both feel warm, UH-OH, they getting what I have. Not good I think, so I wake up the wife and have her give them Tylenol to stop the fever before it gets worse.
Three hours later I
m at work and the wife calls. Heres the conversation;
Wife, “You need to get home right now, I called the ambulance because Gabrielle was shaking and they
re here right now looking at her. They cant get her to wake up. We`re going to the hospital!!”
m leaving right now Ill call you when I get close to find out where you are and what`s going on with Gabby.”
m scared at this point. Kids arent supposed to have siezures are they? Unless they
re in shock, Im thinking. I call her back and she`s in the ambulance with Gabby on the way to the hospital. I talk to the EMT and he thinks she had a Febrile Seizure. Nothing to worry about he says, but we need to get her checked out just in case.
Until now, I had never heard of this siezure thing before. The EMT told me not to worry, that is was fairly common, and they had treated a number of kids lately with the same thing.
She gets to the hospital and I meet them in exam room #1. Gabby seems “out of it” not really alert but not asleep either. They give her some fever reducer and check her vitals. Her temp was up but nothing else was alarming. During this exam the nurse says that this is somewhat common and happens to lots of kids. I
m still thinking,"Ive never heard of kids having siezures from a fever." The more I talk to the nurses the more I am assured that she will be OK and that it is a common occurance.
Gabby slowly comes around and she is finally herself again. Talking and wanting to go home. She handles the whole thing like a pro, didnt cry when they drew blood or when she got the shot of antibiotics (just in case). Me and the wife are relaxed now, and at five O
clock they let us take her home. She slept good last night and still felt a little warm this morning. We will keep giving her the Tylenol to keep the fever down, and hope the 20 month old doesnt go through what she did.
What a day!! At least everything is OK now.
I dont want to do that again.
They said if it happens again we would not have to take her in, unless the cause was unknown. This time it was because of the sudden onset of fever which she got from me.
Has anyone else been caught off guard by their child having a Febrile Seizure?