Friday, December 9, 2016

Post Seizure Appointment

The afternoon after our terrible ER visit we were back in the doctors office getting Lucas checked out. If you didn't know he had been sick, you might no guess he was sick. 

The Pediatricians office was so much better for kids than the ER. 

Doctor Lucas. 
"How can I help you?"

The Nurse Practitioner said that Lucas looked good. He didn't have a temperature and his heart and lungs sounded really good. If his fever isn't gone by Saturday we might get more testing done, but otherwise things are great! 

We spent most of the day at home. 

That evening we had home made tomato basil soup and grilled cheese. We watch White Christmas. And went to bed early. 
Things getting right back to normal. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Lucas's ER Visit

We had just started driving down the hill from visiting our family in Logan, when Lucas started to cry. I was in the front seat in the car as I turned around and watched as Lucas's eyes rolled back into his head. He was shaking, and crying loudly. He was having a seizure.

I cried out, "Karl, pull over he is having a seizure."
We pulled the car over on the side of the road and were both at his side and had him out of the car in an instant. He was shaking and shaking and he was unresponsive. It only took a moment to decided to go to the hospital. It was 4:26 when I got back into the car with Lucas in my arms. But we were in Logan, we had no idea where we were going. Karl fought with his phone to try and navigate us to where we were going, but without success.

Karl called 911.

As the operator got on and we were trying to find our way, there, miraculously on our left was a hospital with an emergency sign. I yelled to Karl to turn left, that the hospital was there.

We got to the emergency room and I rushed Lucas in. As I walked through the doors his seizures mercifully stopped. The big clock on the wall said in red number 4:30. He went limp. And was looking blue. Thankfully I could tell he was breathing, but not very well.

I tried to explain what had happened as I got to the reception desk. The woman asked me to calm down. I apologized and gave her my phone number and Luke's birthday. At this point an ER nurse came and took Lucas with me. We were put into room 5.

They hooked him up to air first. Then monitored him. 
Karl and Mirah were at my side before I realized it. 

We was unconscious but responsive. 
He would wail. Then go quiet. His temperature was 101.2
They ordered a CT.
He slept through the whole thing. 
He was unconscious for hours. 

At this point we was still really out of it. His jaw was still clenched, and his eyes still rolled back, unable to relax and look forward. He couldn't wake up. 

I was having a hard time feeling calm. 
I called Aunt Shirlene and explained what happened. I asked if Uncle Greg could come and give Lucas a blessing. They arrived quickly. His head was anointed with oil, the blessing was sealed. He was blessed to respond to treatments and make a full recovery. 

Uncle Greg, a doctor, said it was most likely a febrile seizure. It's something that happens babies of this age. Their immature nervous systems can not handle a  sudden spike in temperature and it causes them to seize. They told us a story about their Grandson Andy, and how he had had one while in nursery at this age. They also told us about another granddaughter Kennedy, who had one too. Hearing about these kids, who I know, who I know are just fine now, was actually really comforting. 

The left to visit another friend who was also in the hospital. 

Karl and Mirah left to go and get some dinner. 
I took a video of Lucas while he slept. 

After a few hours, if I bugged him he would look at me! 
But mostly he just was passed out. 
 A while later the doctor came in and said we need to get him up, make him eat, drink and pee. 
So I sat him up. And he hated it. 
I was just so happy that he was awake. 

Soon after this, Karl and Mirah arrived. He was sitting up on his own. 
He was drinking apple juice. only went ok. 

Finally after hours and an increase in his temperature (102) the nurse came in and gave him a combo Tylenol/Advil medicine. 

We sat in bed together and watched Christmas movies. 

He was pretty miserable. 

And then his dad started playing with him. 

He was starting to act like himself again. 

He was so active they had to do a super job of keeping his IV on his arm. 

Cookie time! 
OMGSH, then he found the remote and kept pressing the nurse's button! 

It was at this point they started to try and discharge us. 
He CT came back normal. His Flu swab came back negative. His blood culture was fine.
With no real answers except they think it is a febrile seizure we were discharged and sent home.
He slept the whole way home. We got home quickly and without incident. And all went to sleep. 

Grandma Barney Turned 90!

90 years ago today Betty Lucille Startford was born. 20 year later she would marry Orvin Pat Barney and become Betty Barney.

And today in 2016, she is 90 years old.
And we are celebrating her wonderful life.

Karl took the day off of work and came up with the kids. We drove up to Logan. Aunt Shirlene was throwing Grandma Barney a birthday Ladies Luncheon and I was invited. Karl hung out with the kids at Shirlene's house while I went to the celebration.

There was a wonderful display table as you entered the room with a picture book to sign and a cool frame with fun facts:

The room was beautiful. Pink, grandma's favorite. She told me that day that pink roses were her favorite. 

Each place setting was set and had a piece of candy and a game card. 

This was the game:

This was the candy:
and on the back:
When grandma opened the candy at her seat she was starttled to find that it had her name and birthday on it. She made sure that everyone on the table knew. "I was about to just rip it open and eat it!" Which many of us did anyway. 

Lovely Betty.

Many other beloved friends and family came. The room was full of familiar faces. 

Look at this lovely lady who arrived. 

Eventually the luncheon began and Shirlene got us going. 

I was blessed to get to sit with Grandma at her table. Other's at our table included Rachel and Kate, Uncle Alan's daughter and grand daughter. (Alan is Grandpa Barney's youngest brother.) 

Grandma Barney and her dear friend Grandma --- Brigham Moore's Grandma and Chelsea Hicken Moore's husband. Betty's granddaughter, married ----grandson. Cute. 
Lunch started with a tomato basil soup. 
Then we had a ciabatta sandwich with a sweet salad. 

While I ate this cute girl Melanie was on might right. And Betsy was on my left. 
The time had come for the birthday girl to blow out her candles. 

We sang, "Happy birthday dear Betty/Grandma/Great Aunt Betty/Aunt Betty"
Such a lovely and loving woman. 
She got up and said a little something, I only missed the first few moment.:

Poor Betsy had to leave quickly. Her babysitter text. Rosie and Ginger had temperatures and she needed got and get them right away. She tried to arrange a few other things so she could stay but in the end, she had to leave early and get her children.

She said goodbye to Grandma.  

Next up, grading our quizzes. 

Betsy was very sure that she was right on for her answers. She was so confident she turned her paper over as not to allow any of us to copy her.
This is how she did:

I got:

Melanie did the exact same: 6/12

Which is still 50%, which isn't a passing grade. 

Shirlene thanks everyone for coming, and the luncheon came to an end. 
I helped clean up a little, and then we packed up the car and drove Grandma home. Uncle Alan was there and so was Grandpa Barney. 

We ended up at the Hicken's house were the kids all were waiting. 

Grandma and Grandpa Barney arrived and we sat and visited for a couple hours with them.
They are just the most wonderful people. 

Three generations! (missing one today)

We sat and talked about their time in Hawaii. I learned about grandpa Barney's three month all paid sabbatical to different Pacific islands. The went to American Samoa, Fiji,Tonga, and New Zealand. They stayed in dormitories, and apartments above health centers (one night someone had a baby outside their window there) Shirlene even told us about going to school in New Zealand. 

In Hawaii she had always been top of her class. When she went to New Zealand she was in school for a couple of weeks. The kids of her age were learning different things than she had learned. They were learning Algebra and she was still on long division. The story that everyone remembered was that she failed a spelling test. Grandpa Barney explained that the words she missed were because they were English spellings, not American spellings. Like Theatre and Colour. 

Shirlene said she HATED it there. She said she had never told her parents that until that day. That the school was really hard. She stayed on a mattress in a corner of a living room, and she really didn't enjoy that. She was 12. She was far from home and friends for a long time. 

Lucas woke up from his nap and was acting out of sorts. He seemed to be a little warm, and he was just a little too upset. I was worried we was getting sick so we decided to leave. 

Happy Birthday Grandma Barney! We love you!