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Da MOST Scariest Three Minutes I Don't Evah Want To Face Again

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!

A WAT?!?!

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.

Stay safe and spread aloha..... not germs. 😀

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25 Responses to “Da MOST Scariest Three Minutes I Don't Evah Want To Face Again”

  1. Glenn D:

    Mahalo nui for dis story. And I am so glad that everything went well for your baby. Our godson is 5 months old and as much as I hope dis does not happen to us and our godson, dis is good information. Have a happy Easter, BL.

  2. wafan:

    Dang. Glad everything and everyone is doing much better.

    Good reason to really enjoy this Easter and renewal of life.

  3. dihudfan:

    scarry moment!!! hope all's ok now!!! I went thru the same thing... only we were driving while it happened... wuz in a panic... back in those days, nevah have cel phones... luckily I wuz driving on the H1 headed towards Queens direction... went to emergency and they told us they had to put her in a ice bath to cool off her body...every time she had a fever, she had to take medication till she wuz 10 or 12 years old... but nevah had another seizure... scarry memories!! thanks for sharing...

  4. MrK:

    Glad everything turned out ok, BL. Must've been a real scare. My mom told me that, when I was young, I used to have seizures whenever my temperature used to get high. I'm kinda old, so I was raised "old school" style. I asked my mom, "What did you do when I got a seizure?" She said, "Nothing. Just make sure you no swallow your tongue, and we put one cold rag on your forehead for try bring the fever down." No doctor, no hospital, no nothing. My mom told me that my eyes would sometimes roll up in my eyelids while I was convulsing. They no panic or get excited. Really different back then. Just a different time.

  5. Lowtone123:

    Glad everything okay now, BL. Been with my kids to the E.R. on many occasions and that helpless feeling neva goes away the more you prepare yourself for everything. Hopefully the last seizure, those things are scary...just comes out of nowhere.

  6. Makiki:

    Glad she's OK now! I couldn't even imagine what that was like.

  7. wafan:

    Happy Easter!

  8. M:

    Praise GOD! I'm happy everything is well. That would have scared the crap out of me too! Don't take high fever lightly.
    Happy Easter!

  9. KAN:

    Oh. my. goodness. Thank goodness she (and you guys) are okay.

  10. islandgirlinnc:

    Glad to hear Da Baby is doing well and back to her normal self. It's scary when something like that happens to our little ones. I know our peds tells us not to give anything unless our toddler's fever is up to 105! That does not sit well with me. I guess now they don't want to overmedicate because the body is supposed to take care of itself. I get really stressed out when I see the thermometer hit 104. Like anything, it's how the little one is acting. Great that she's back to normal. 🙂

  11. 9thIslandGirl:

    Oh my gosh!!! So so scary! I'm glad she's back to her happy self. I bet your hair is totally white now.

  12. Ynaku:

    I'm glad baby is ok and you and da wife going pull through this episode. Thanks for sharing. I watch my 7 mo grandson. So this will alert me in case his fever does spike and I can help deal with it. This info will no doubt save a life.

  13. sally:

    I read this so fast I had to back up cuz I felt like I was running thru the story *huff puff huff puff* So glad you and your family are fine.

    I bet daBaby's LOUDness is music to your ears now!

    Bless you all!

  14. GA Bows:

    BL... while I was reading the blog, my heart was slowing down.

    I am so glad baby is doing well, real sorry you and da wife had to go through a scare of that nature. Hopefully the 3 of you won't have to go through that again.

  15. Da808:

    Oh..BL...My heart is pounding fast after reading your story.Its every parents fear when they see their babies sick and you feel to helpless. I'm glad baby is doing well. God bless for s speedy recovery! Thanks so much for the priceless info!!!!!

  16. Ocean Lover:

    Glad everything turned out okay! Got me all "shook up" just reading about it.

  17. Annoddah Dave:

    BL: A lucky stroke for your family. In thinking back, was there anything you did or did not do which you would change to mitigate the situation or your reaction to the stress?

  18. BowlingBuddy:

    Wow, great info for those with little ones. Thanks for the heads up.

  19. De:

    That is a scary story. Thanks for sharing and I'm glad she is doing much better.

  20. snow:

    yikes! glad that baby is okay!! actually had heard about these type of seizures but knowing about them and witnessing them happen are two totally different things! it's good that you've shared this information so more people are aware. thanks for sharing this scary episode!!

  21. B:

    glad to hear that your daughter is fine now. was very scary reading this story...kinda relive those "moments" when the kids were growing up.

    mahalo ke akua and let's keep spreading the aloha...

  22. bamboohouse808:

    Thanks for the info BL. I have 2 little ones myself and although I've heard of fever seizures, I never actually took the time to figure out what to do if one of my kids had one. Now I know. I'm glad everything turned out ok in the end.

  23. NKHEA:

    Howzit Bl,

    Glad hea baby and family okay.

    On a nada note hows my stuff coming along......I not pushing jus asking.

  24. sally:

    btw... Thanks for sharing this story, I never heard of this. Thankful I never experienced it w/ my daughter (thru all those earache fevers!) but I will remember it when she has a baby of her own.

  25. kamaaina808:

    wow... glad everything turned out ok. :-/ Never heard of that before.

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