Saturday, January 9, 2010

A State of Emergency




    Yesterday afternoon I found my 21 month old baby in his crib, burning up with a high fever, limp, with his eyes rolling into the back of his head.  His arms shook rapidly and he seemed almost possessed, unable to wake up.   I ran to a neighbors house and called 911.  The ambulance came and took us to the emergency room where the doctor told me he was having a febrile seizure which is brought on by a fever.  When I put the baby down at 12:30 p.m. he had no fever, just a stuffy nose - I didn't see it coming.  It was one of the most frightening experiences of my life and although it is fairly common, it is horrifying to see your child so weak and helpless.  Today, my little guy is back to his old self and his siblings got him some shiny new CARS to make him feel better.  We are still on the lookout for any symptoms and are keeping a watchful eye on him.  My emotions have caught up to me and I cried a lot today.  When a parent deals with that type of stress it's amazing how our bodies just go into autopilot or fight or flight mode.

     While we were in the emergency room, I laid with my child and listened as several patients were treated.  The man in the hallway was being admitted because he had Diabetes and Heart Disease.  The man across the hall was seemingly on drugs, was cursing because he had a catheter in,  and he kept pulling up the covers, showing me his penis.  The older lady next to us was born in 1923, she broke her hip and was also losing her mind.  She repeated the same unidentifiable word for two and a half hours.  I said a prayer for her dear husband who told the nurse his wife does that all the time.  I can't even imagine.  My husband and I listened to all of these horrific stories and were both so thankful that we are young and healthy not affected by disease or addiction.  We agreed that it gave us the motivation to take good care of ourselves - both our bodies and our minds - and that it is just as important to keep your mind active and engaged, reading and learning new things.

     Despite my complaints about my weight, I am very thankful for my health.  In fact, I got some fabulous news today from Weight Watchers.  I lost 3 lbs. this week for a total of 26 lbs since I started.  I was SHOCKED because on Tuesday, I weighed in 4 lbs heavier than last week.  I'm sure the stress had something to do with it!

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Kelly
I'm so sorry to hear about the horrifying experience with Lukey! I can't even imagine. I liked how you brought it around to being thankful for health. My friend has this on her outgoing message, "remember health is wealth" It's so true. Another helpful thing my nutritionist friend once told me is to think of your body as a separate thing that holds your life in its hands, and then think of how your body will digest the food you ear. For example, it's going to be pretty hard for your body to digest a twizzler opposed to broccoli! Give Luke a smooch for me! Tracey

Dorothy said...

oh, big, huge hug to you. that is just so scary and my baby is the same age. my heart was pounding just reading that. thank God he is ok. and I will keep you guys in my prayers.

KMac said...

Thanks Tracey-yes, it was so scary but he's such a trooper. LOVE the "Health is Wealth" thing. We are SO lucky-especially given all that is happening to the people in Haiti. Most of the time it is easy to think about what fuels your body but the hard part is when your mind/mood/spirit needs that cookie to feel good :) Kisses have been given. THANKS!

KMac said...

Dorothy,
Thanks so much. Yes, it was scary but everything is okay with him now and he's feeling so much better. We're getting tubes put in his ears and he might get his adenoids out. All in all he is doing GREAT!
THANKS SO MUCH!

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