Tiger Boy

Friday, April 10, 2015







Oh, look, the world is still spinning. Flowers are blooming. Bloggers are blogging. Babies are cooing. Game of Thrones season 5 is starting! I have to admit I’ve been a little out of the loop as far as life outside of my narrow vision this week. After we got back from Seattle school started up again. I needed to hustle to get reacquainted with going to school (it’s amazing what even the smallest of breaks can do to your routine). I had my order for West Elm to complete, laundry to catch up on, pictures to edit, a complex emailing system to figure out regarding which teacher wants you to use which email address and what to say exactly in the subject line so your assignment/questions don’t get ignored, and the list went on. And just as all started to level off my world seemed to stop on Monday morning when I got a call from M+L’s school. Hi this is Debbie from the office. (ugh, my kids can’t possibly be sick again was what I was thinking). There was an incident on the playground, one of the teachers said Luca wasn’t responding to her and doesn’t seem like himself. He’s in the nurses office with . . . (and then she listed off several people including the principle). You need to come to the school right now. I won’t list the thousands of thoughts I was having during this phone call, but I can tell you I didn’t think anything sounded that bad. Though apparently my instincts were working because I called my mom (a nurse) on my way telling her, I might be calling her back with some questions and to answer her phone. 

When I got there I was greeted by a room full of very worried and shaken looking faces and a little Tiger curled in the chair in what appeared to be a semi-conscious state. I walked in and said “no he doesn’t seem himself. this isn’t normal,” trying to match the words from the secretary to what I was seeing (though from the phone call I had a more 'not listening' vision in my mind. this was not that). The student teacher, who was with him at recess, then went on to tell me what had happened. She said she saw him laying on top of the play structure (of course he just happened to be on top of the play structure), concerned she went over to him - he was rigid, his fists were clinched and his mouth was blue, she tried to get his attention but he just stared straight ahead. After about 20 seconds he coughed and seemed to ‘come to,’ but was still not very responsive. He was weak, unable to walk, so she carried him inside and they called me. 

She told me it looked like a seizure, she’s seen seizures, that’s what they often look like. The principle suggested I call our pediatrician. I picked him up and said we were going to the Emergency Department. Once in the car he started wailing about his head hurting. This was the first time I really panicked. If you have any medical knowledge of worse-case scenario medical crisis (or are a parent - parents are acutely aware of worst-case scenarios) you can imagine all the terrible thoughts running through my mind as to what could be happening there in my car. I debated calling 911 but didn’t want to wait so we drove to the ER. By the time we got there he had stopped complaining about his head and was using some words (slowly starting to feel less panic).  There were a couple hours in the ER he remained pretty out of it, his eye weren’t dilating, the IV prick didn’t stir him from sleep. But then he started to perk up. Then he started to seem perfectly fine. I asked him what happened at recess and he said “I didn’t get to go to recess today.” He has no memory of anything from that morning at all. Ask him how he is now and he says “good.”

And he is. He seems totally and completely "good." As you can see from these photos both my M+L (and their hair) are as fabulous as ever. You’d never know my little Tiger boy gave me the biggest fright of my life this week. Luca even went back to school yesterday to which he was welcomed with lots of happy and relieved faces from his kindergarten class. He might not have any memory of what happened but the other kids do. I realized this when one of his classmates came up to Luca with a picture he drew of him. It was a stick-figure Luca, with an arrow next to him indicating when he "fell" and then another stick-figure Luca with a wiggly line over his body. "Hey Luca, look I drew you a picture! This is you when you fell and this is when you were wiggling on the ground!" I am glad Luca was able to reassure them all. Caught up in my own fright I didn't even think how scary that must have been for his class!

The bigger issue at the moment is that I have come to the realization that Milo may be a bit of a hypochondriac. Monday at home while fussing over Luca, Milo is in the background saying “oooooh, my finger!” To which I say, “Milo, that (microscopic) “scrape,” if you must call it that, is three weeks old!” Then he’d say “oh my belly hurts. oh my eyes. oh my bones. ALL of my bones hurt!” He was practically feigning fainting spells in the background as Luca was convincing everyone that he’s “good!” and lamenting about missing recess. And unfortunately Milo’s diagnosis of hypochondria is all I can offer at this time. I still do not know what prompted Luca’s seizure, though, they are calling it a seizure. That part is clear. But all of the scary thoughts I had whilst driving him to the ER are not things I am (consciously) worrying about at this point. Still I am anxious to rule out, rule out, rule out. We are currently waiting an appointment with a pediatric neurologist so hopefully answers will come soon and, more importantly, hopefully life will be wonderfully, magically, and beautifully uneventful until then. We are definitely accepting any positive thoughts you'd like to put out into the universe for us. xo

34 comments:

  1. Oh gosh! Keep me posted about your darling boy and let me know if there is anything I can do to help. I've had two co-workers whose children have had seizures within the last 6 months and apparently it was just something to monitor but not indicative of any serious issues. Thoughts go out to you all with lots of hope that it is nothing at all.

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    1. oh, that's odd that you now know three people with children with unexplained seizers. sounds like the beginnings of a zombie apocalypse storyline. eek. i am also hoping it's nothing at all!!

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  2. You've got all my heart and more. You know that. XOXO

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    1. i do. and thank you for all your support now and always. xo

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  3. Sending so many positive vibes and good thoughts your way, you will be smothered by them when they make it across those 3000 miles. Your poor boy! What a relief he bounced back so quickly and is back to his old fabulous self, but that doesn't diminish the fear and panic and uncertainty. You darling, I'm so sorry you all had to go through that! (Also, as a hypochondriac myself, I can sympathize with Milo a bit. I STILL ask my mom if ____ is going to kill me/paralyze me/blind me, etc.) Let me know if you need anything!! xo

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    1. thank you so much. yeah, i think milo comes by it naturally. as you can imagine i have fully educated myself on both provoked and unprovoked seizures. this time though, i actually feel better after webmd'ing the nights away! xo

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  4. after seeing that picture of luca on instagram and reading the caption below it, i was so perplexed about how it was even possible for such a happy-looking little boy to have suffered any kind of trauma (how can anything bad EVER happen to children!?!) although it is a curious story, luca's resilience and good nature are very reassuring.
    my sister and i have a picture similar to the topmost (taken around the sage age as your twins are now). she and i have always been ultra-sympathetic to each others pain (physical and otherwise). sweet milo, it all must have been so confusing and frightening for him too. i hope that he feeds off of luca's optimism though and that his health worries subside.
    please know i'll be sending good ju-ju/positive vibes/happy thoughts your way too, my friend! xo

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    1. and that was about 4 hours after! literally 30 minutes before that he was laying on the bed unable to keep his eyes open or talk to us. now i know that is pretty classic behavior for a seizure but at the time it was like watching a time-lapse movie of a flower opening. suddenly he was just as himself as ever!

      as far as milo he saw the beginning of it and he said luca was acting 'creepy' so he decided to go down the curly slide ;) he seemed unfazed by it all, but that night he woke up a few times with nightmares - so i think it did in fact affect him quite a bit. kids are incredibly resilient. i have to say i am feeding off of them both! xoxo

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  5. I'm so sorry to hear. I hope he's alright and it's nothing serious. but I'm not sure if I got this right. did he fall? or did this happen just like that? and is it hypochondria or just attention seeking? after only six months of twice monthly step-mothering (I can't believe I just said this) I'm getting an expert on the latter. you wouldn't believe the amount of microscopic (or non-existent) three-week old scratches I have to look at on a regular basis.

    anyhow, thinking of you. keep us posted xoxo

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    1. at first i definitely thought it was a fall. but he recovered so suddenly and there was not a bump or scratch on him and no one saw him hit his head. also after i spoke with milo he said he saw luca "freezed" in an upright position (staring off into space not responding). the next account is him on the ground.

      as far as milo, i do think he is a bit of a hypochondriac, but he also loves being the center of the world - so i think a little of both were at play here ;)

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  6. i just developed seizures myself this year. Happily, there are now effective and relatively side effect free meds that really help. AND, I think that when people get then young, they tend to outgrow them; such was the case for my niece, who has not had one in many, many years.
    All the best to you and your lovely little men.

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing and for your kind thoughts. In the research I have done I did see that this is really the best age for them to start (if it is epilepsy) with hopes of them outgrowing it. I read that if it starts in infancy or adulthood you are less likely to 'out grow' them. I am so sorry this is something you have to deal with now, but glad to hear the meds are working! and so happy your niece out grew them too. xo

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  7. Sending my positive thoughts to you, Christine. I can't even imagine what must have been through. I just know your little man will be fine.

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