Saturday, April 21, 2007

Our night from hell

Before I explain let me say this first .. Kaelin is now FINE .. but we had quite the scare last night ..

Kaelin has been fighting some virus since Thursday ... the only symptoms have been a slight runny nose and a fever that ranges from 100 to 103 degrees.
Last night she went to sleep and around 2 am we woke to crying. David got up to check on the girls and as I listened I realized that the sound that I was hearing wasn't crying, it was something that I had not heard before. Kind of a loud, repetative exhalation sound. As I realized that the sounds were not the normal cry and that they had not stopped when David went in the room I started to panic a bit and ran to the nursery.
I met David at the door as he was rushing Kaelin into our room. The look on his face terrified me .. I turned to light on in the bathroom and we could see that our precious little Kaelin was in the middle of a fairly serious seizure. Her back was arched and locked, her arms rigid with fists clenched, and her eyes were rolled back into her head. She was jerking rhythmically and the sound that was coming from her was absolutely terrifying.
Luckily, I had happened to look up information on high fevers in toddlers a few nights before in order to know if and when we should call her doctor. So I knew immediately that she was having a febrile seizure due to the high fever. Of course, even knowing what was going on, seeing your child in that way is the most horrific, terrifying and heartbreaking feeling that we have ever had.
David immediately called 911 and we had an ambulance come to help. An hour and three seizures later she was loaded into the ambulance and I rode with them to Scottish Rite Children's Hospital. David stayed with Reese until my mom could get to the house to watch her for us but he soon made his way down to be with us.
She was a bit dazed and tired and the hospital but all in all she was fine. They gave her some Tylenol to lower her temperature and monitored her for about an hour before sending us home at 4:30 am. She slept with David and me for three hours and then woke happy and alert.

She did great today, aside from a huge meltdown at naptime which we believe is due to the fact that coming to in an ambulance surrounded by strangers scared her to death and now she associates sleeping with the experience. It seems are back to rocking her to sleep in the safety of mommy or daddy's arms for a while.
Her fever was definitle lower today than it has been in days so that's a good sign. Of course, David and I are hyperconscious now of every little sound that comes through the monitor and probably will be for some time.
She has about a 30 - 40% chance of having a reoccurrance if her temp spikes again .. but we are surely hoping and praying that she doesn't go through that again. If she does have another one we will have to take her back to the emergency room. If she doesn't have any more but still has the fever on Monday, we will be going to her pediatrician to do some testing to rule out the scary stuff like meningitus. Fingers crossed that doesn't have to happen.
So all in all .. a very eventful night for all of us.
Please keep Miss Kaelin in your thoughts and prayers that she gets over this soon and that we don't have any more nights like we had last night.

Friday, April 20, 2007

quick update

Kaelin is miserable .. high fever (102 degrees with Tylenol in her system!) and just not feeling good .. who could blame her! Reese has apparently been studying up on howler monkeys when no one is looking because I swear she has the act down perfect .. The climbing and screeches of joy are enough to make mommy even more crazy than she already is!
With all of that going on .. this will have to be short and to the point.

The new stuff...
1) The girls know their primary colors .. so proud of them .. the other day David and I took them to a playground and Kaelin walked around pointing out different objects and teling me their color. They also can recognize and say circle, triangle, heart, star and sometimes square. Smart little babes we have.
2) They are now into kissing each other constantly .. it cracks them up. Kaelin also has started to kiss Reese on the back of the head for no reason .. soooo deliciously cute. She'll be walking by .. see her sister sitting on the floor playing .. and just walk over and smooch her head. Love.
3) Reese is apparently smitten with Steve, the old host of Blues Clues. She walks through the house saying "steeeve" in this soft little winsome voice. When she sees him on tv this turns into a high pitched screech of his name followed by laughing and dancing .. While they don't really watch Blue's Clues, there is a song that he sings on a show called Jack's Big Music Show .. which we are big fans of here .. Mommy thinks it's a pretty cool song so it's easily tolerated. Her first boyfriend ....
4) Reese apparently no longer needs more than 4 hours of sleep .. this has gone on for the last two nights ...
The first time I went out with the girls for coffee and when I came home at midnight I fiund her awake, happy and energetic with Daddy .. Of course, I ended up laughing at her antics .. big mistake at midnight! That just egged her on more ...
After that I was up until three a.m.
Last night we put her down at 7:30 and she proceeded to sing and giggle and play in her crib until 10 pm. She was quiet for maybe an hour and a half and then the operatics began again ... happy little songs and screeches coming from her room. I have NO idea how poor Kaelin sleeps with that kid next to her ... it was driving mommy and daddy nuts. She either fell asleep around 1 or I just finally passed out and didn't hear the dramatics. David had to get up at 4 b/c she was crying .. No clue what the heck she thinks nightime is for but she apparently has forgotten about how the whole sleep for 12 hours thing works.
5) We missed the March of Dimes Walk ..... we went out there but got completely lost. I finally figured out that the fault lies with the MoD website .. they had the OLD address of the spot on there .. apparently they are notorius for having bad info. Wish I had known that ahead of time! Luckily there are walks all over Atlanta in the coming months so we'll shoot for another location (and I will make SURE I know where we are going THIS time!)
6) We are still having BIG fun with our friends here .. lots of playgroups and outings .. I love that the girls have friends at this age .. it's so cute to see the recognition on their faces when they see one of them. Fun fun fun.

Will post photos tonight .. for some reason the site is having trouble uploading them at the moment and it's taking forever!