Horrifying may be a better title for this post.
My littlest one had a febrile seizure on Thursday.
The next two minutes while my hubs called 911 and yelled our address repeatedly was the most horrific and longest moment in my life.
Just before the ambulance arrived, Big boy stopped seizing, and started short, shallow breathes. His body was completely stiff, his eyes pearl and rolling back. I felt as though we were losing him. When I called out his name to him, when the paramedics shined a light in his eyes, he was completely unresponsive. Even though I held his hand, he did not squeeze mine back. I felt as though I was holding his body, but he was gone inside.
When we arrived to the hospital his temperature was 104.1. He was still completely unresponsive for over an hour. When a nurse brought a popsicle in, Big boy finally looked at me and mumbled 'yeah'. After a few hours with some apple juice, another popsicle, a few 'yeah' s, and a few doses of Motrin Big Boy finally began to be responsive.
Over the weekend, there has been a few scary moments of fast rising temperatures over 102. I am so very fortunate that our children's Godmother took Kiki over the weekend so Hubs and I could devote all of our attention to Big Boy, and our paranoid middle of the night temperature taking. Through the exams the doctors found out Big Boy has an ear infection, most likely the cause of his fever. He now has a 30% increased chance of having another febrile seizure, of which he will most likely outgrown by the age of 6. (another 4 1/2 years). My medicine cabinet will never be without the giant bottle of Motrin & Tylenol, and I will never again underestimate a slight fever or mild cough in my children.
If you want more information about febrile seizures, this link, or this link have a good summary of what I was told repeatedly by doctors. Our pediatrician told us while very scary, febrile seizures are more common in small children than we what think.