March 30th, 2013
For those who have followed along da WWD! "adventures", da mo'olelo's dat I share have really happened - or witnessed - and while I take all those in stride in da journey of life and laugh along, obviously there are moments dat I keep private. As difficult as it is for me to share dis, dis mo'olelo is simply to raise a little awareness should you evah be faced with a smililar situation, you'd at least be somewat braced to handle it because until now, I nevah even heard of it.
For those who know me, I don't get spooked, scared or intimidated easily. I've faced - and dealt with - all walks of life and pulled myself through painful situations both in life and in sports. Through all of dat, none of it prepared me for wat happened last Saturday night.
Wen I woke up, Da Baby felt a little warm and had a slight fever checking in at 99 degrees. We chalked it up to yet anoddah ear infection since she showed no oddah signs of illness such as runny nose, sore throat or anything else to suggest oddawise. I went down to da baseball field to work on a project (a WWD! mo'olelo to follow on dat fo' surah!) and was there for most of da day.
Wen I came home, everything was still normal but now Da Baby was battling a fever which reached 103 degrees. She's reached dat temperature wit nearly every ear infection so it wasn't abnormal and we were treating it how we normally do with children's Advil. She had gone down early for da night around 7:30ish but a couple hours latah she called for us through da monitor to come upstairs and read to her.
Da Wife went upstairs to read to her and not more than twenty minutes latah she excitedly yelled, "BABE! COME UPSTAIRS RIGHT NOW! SHE'S HAVING A Shhhhhh........"
Huh? Wat did she say? Did she say wat I thought she said? Da last part came across with static through da monitor so I ran upstairs. As soon as I got there she said Da Baby was unresponsive and she was having a seizure!
I kept calling out to Da Baby trying to get any kine of response but she was rigid and couldn't move. She had an extremely blank and distant look on her face and about a minute latah started turning blue wit spit coming out. It was right at dat time I thought we'd lose her and for da first time in my life I felt absolutely powerless and totally scared $H!TLE$$. A thousand things were running through our mind as Da Wife was on da phone with 911.
HFD and da paramedics arrived almost simultaneously less than five minutes from placing da call and da seizure didn't last more than three minutes although it felt like a thousand years to us. Da paramedics took da lead and was extremely professional (sorry, I didn't even get a chance to thank them or catch their names) and once they deemed her stable, took her inside da ambulance and shortly thereaftah to da hospital.
Long mo'olelo short, she was latah diagnosed with having a febrile seizure - aka fever seizure - wea it's brought upon not by a high fever but how quickly da body hits dat high temperature. Wen it spikes suddenly and too quickly, da body will "seize" and convulse often losing consciousness. Most febrile seizures last a minute or two, although some can be as brief as a few seconds while others last for more than 15 minutes.
Da majority of keiki dat go through febrile seizures have temperatures greater than 102 and occur during da first day of a keiki's fever. Approximately one in every 25 keiki will have at least one febrile seizure, and more than one-third of these keiki will have additional febrile seizures before they outgrow da tendency to have them. Febrile seizures usually occur in keiki between da ages of 6 months and 5 years and are particularly common in toddlers. Children rarely develop their first febrile seizure before the age of 6 months or after 3 years of age. The older a child is when the first febrile seizure occurs, the less likely that child is to have more.
Aftah hearing dat febrile seizures were fairly "common", it was still something dat will scare da life out of you if you don't know wat it is. They say dat da vast majority of febrile seizures are short and harmless and da biggest thing you should do - besides staying calm - during a seizure is to make surah dat they are on da ground and held or restrained. Avoid having anything in da mouth to prevent choking and also, which was relayed to us by 911, to keep da person on it's side but preferably da left side to aid in breathing and keep from choking on one's tongue.
It was a relief to hear dat there isn't any evidence that short febrile seizures cause brain damage and even most of those dat go through long seizures do recover completely. Also dat between 95 and 98 percent of keiki who experience febrile seizures do not go on to develop epilepsy.
To read more about Febrile Seizures, check out da website wea I was able to research da details at: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
Da Baby battled for da next four days and even da doctor acknowledged dat while it was strange no oddah systems were present and aftah all da tests came back negative, there was just a "fever" going around. One oddah thing we learned in dat wen you or your keiki has a fever but claims to be cold, DO NOT put any blankets, covers, sheets etc on.
I know, I know..... Wassup Wit Dat!
But we were told all you're doing is prolonging a fever by staying hot wen da goal of beating a fever is to bring it down, right? Any ways, das your body fighting to bring your temperature down so no mattah how uncomfortably cold you may be, no sense in giving da virus or bacteria any more advantage by staying hot.
Mahalos for reading dis WWD! adventure and I hope dat dis can/will help you out in any similar situation you may come across..... although I sincerely hope dat you don't as it's something I wouldn't wish any parent - even an enemy - to go through.
Da Baby has since fully recovered and is her normal, cheery, happy go lucky and yes, loud, self and we thank God for letting us experience a side we honestly had hope we nevah would cause for da next night, while Da Baby slept, Da Wife and I talked for hours on end about anything and everything.