Friday, May 9, 2008

Austin is in the hospital

Hello blog family. It's been a crazy couple of days.

Yesterday afternoon Austin just kind of out of the blue started complaining about his ear after his nap. He had a temp so I knew I had to take him in to his ped. He has an ear infection but no big deal right?

At home he varied between completely fine and ultimate crab. Around 6:30 I snuggled him all up on the loveseat and a few minutes later I see the back of his head bobbing funny. Somehow I knew he was having a seizure. It was very rhythmic and less shaky but scared the daylights out of me none the less. Being the idiot parent I picked him up and just hoped I could snap him out of it before finally putting him on the floor and calling 911. It lasted forever, about 12 minutes from when I called 911 til when the EMT's said he stopped. He didn't come out of it for what seemed like forever.

Tommy was great through the whole thing and went over to John & Janet's to stay while I went to the hospital. He was very calm and I'm so proud of him. I was on the phone with 911 and he says, "Mom, where's your cell phone so I can call Dad?" What a thinker. He did end up opening the back door and was out in the driveway greeting the EMT's for us. Joe was down at the Tiger game with coworkers so that was another problem. They came back early, what a bummer for them. Thankfully, he has some very understanding coworkers.

Anyways, back to Austin. They did an IV before even leaving the house and they put it in his good arm so that has made things extra miserable for him. They wouldn't let me back there with him. He finally started crying a bit so that calmed me. On our way out of the ambulance he threw up. They ended up cutting off his shirt. He wasn't happy at all last night when I told Joe that. He was in beautifully mismatched jammies, his choice.

They were very concerned with it being such a long seizure. Poor dude had to have a cath. put in for a pee sample because he wouldn't pee, blood drawn, CT scan, and a spinal tap. Everything is coming back normal thankfully. They think that the fever triggered the seizure and his previous brain damage made it last so long. They want to do an EEG on him on Monday. Scares me to death but I know he's in good hands and I just have to have faith that he'll be ok. Here is yet another curve ball thrown our way. We got into our room around midnight. I stayed the night with him and we both slept well I think. Joe just got in. They are probably going to let us go home this afternoon.

He's alternating between happy and mad/sad pretty regularly here. He's most upset about his left arm being out of commission. He just plowed through breakfast and just keeps bugging us about going to school. Funny that is the main thing on his mind, he wants to go to school!

Huge thanks to Julie and my Mom for coming up the hospital last night and saving my sanity. I was completely freaked, it's easier to freak out when others are around. ;)

I pray that this isn't the beginning of seizure activity for us. He went to neurology for years and last summer they said chances are we would be seizure free since he hadn't had one yet. Hopefully it'll be just a fluke, Tommy had a fluke febrile seizure when he was 2 and hasn't had one since. Gosh scary.

I'll keep everyone posted on the situation.



11 comments:

Jill said...

Oh Dawn, I'm so sad to hear of your scary night. I'm praying for my little buddy, and I'm sure he will pull through with flying colors. You and your family will be in our thoughts.

Jessica said...

Oh my Dawn. I am so sorry to hear about poor Austy! My heart and my prayers are with you, Joe, and Tommy!

therealtommix said...

Love seeing that big Austin smile again!! We miss him in school and hope to see him and YOU soon.

Michelle said...

Oh, Dawn, I'm so sorry! How scary. Praying for your little guy and that everything comes back normal. Big hugs!!

Mom2Max&Alex said...

I am so sorry you had to go through that Dawn! And obviously Austin too. I hope he can get out of there this afternoon and get the use of his poor left arm back. I'm hoping it was a fluke, but it sounds like it probably was!! Keep us updated!

Dawn said...

Thank you so much girls! I love you all so much! Thanks for all the thoughts, prayers, and kind messages here. It's so uplifting.

Debbie said...

Wow, so scary! He looks so brave lying there!

sherri said...

Awww my little buddy!!! What a brave big brother he has. I had no idea this happened. I've been out of comission lately too with the ribs, not on here much. Will definately keep all 4 of you in our thoughts and prayers!!! Keep us UTD!

Heather said...

Dawn-How scary! I cant even begin to imagine what fear was rushing thru your body when this was happening. I am glad Austin is ok and all the tests came back ok. Poor little guy, I am thinking of your guys and pray this does not happen again.

buggirlmom said...

Dawn- I am so glad you guys are home now. I just cried thinking of poor Austin being poked and in the hospital and your brave Tommy for being such a quick thinker. I hope everything turns out excellent. You definately deserve that!
Amy

Kiera Beth said...

Dawn - I am sorry I missed this earlier. I am catching up on blog reading tonight and I saw this. I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you and you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am in fear of a seizure so I can only imagine what you went through. Austin is a strong little boy. That is great that Tommy thinks on his feet.