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Trip to the Park

Spring finally feels like it’s creeping in. It’s been a long winter. March is one of those months that can either be really nice or still snowy and cold. This year, it was snowy and cold. Today’s high is going to be low 40’s. Today’s high last year was near 80. That’s nuts!

Charla has been asking to go to a park for a few weeks now. I kept telling her when the snow melted. We did end up losing most of our snow but then we got highs in the upper 20’s. Not exactly park weather. Finally, a few days ago, we made it to a park for the first time this year.

Last year Charla was still pretty timid around the equipment and I hovered. I was worried she was going to fall through the bars and go crashing to the ground. I was getting better near the end of summer. This year though, she is all over the equipment. She’s climbing the rock wall, going down slides, running over bridges and crawling through tunnels. She is also swinging on the big girl swings and demanding that I push her higher, while I keep reminding her to keep holding on and tell me when she’s done instead of just jump off. I guess I’m “one of those” parents.

We were supposed to go to a water park last weekend, but with Charla being sick and having a seizure we decided against it. Now though, I can’t wait to take her. Last year she was already going down the water slides in the kid’s area so I can just imagine what she can do this year!

It’s so much fun watching her grow up and learn new things. I thought I would be sad when the baby stage was over, but I’m not. I look back on those days with fondness, but these days are so much more fun. This summer is going to be amazing!

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A Scary Afternoon

What started out as a normal cold turned into something pretty scare last week. Charla has always been prone to high fevers. A few times this past winter she’s gotten over 103F. Alternating Ibuprofen with Tylenol usually does the trick, if Ibuprofen alone isn’t working. I’ve also been in her room in the middle of the night holding a wet washcloth to her hot little forehead, but the fever always goes down.

So Thursday, when her fever was 103.6F I gave her another dose of Ibuprofen and she laid down. All day this had been a losing battle. She woke up at 102F. The Ibuprofen only brought it down to 101F so before she went down for nap she got a dose of Tylenol as well. She slept for 3 hours. The high fever really wiped out all her energy. When she woke up from nap is when the fever stopped responding.

Forty-five minutes after giving her Ibuprofen, her fever was up to 104.1F. I called the doctor and got a 4:30 appointment, it was 3:15. We watched a bit of TV and then got ready to go. As we were driving down the street she kept talking to me, asking me about the park we were driving past and wanting to hear the radio. Then she let out a cry. I turned around to see what was wrong and saw she was having a seizure. I pulled over and called 9-1-1. Her seizure lasted for about 4 minutes and those were the longest minutes of my life. I thought for sure she was going to be brain damaged. The fact that she wasn’t speaking when she finally came out of it didn’t help. I don’t think she spoke or moved much for an hour after the seizure.

After some research though I know that febrile seizures do not effect development. She may or may not have another one. They do run in the family so her chance of another is slightly raised. Fever management will be very important from now on in the prevention of another seizure. Part of me is glad that summer is right around the corner and that means less virus’. However, part of me just wants to get the next virus over and done with so I know what will happen. She will outgrow this once she’s between 5 and 6 years old, thankfully. For now, I’ll just keep Ibuprofen with me wherever we go.

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