Drew woke from his nap yesterday afternoon very cranky, running a 103+ fever. We immediately started the cooling process with a dose of children's Tylenol, a Popsicle and a wet wash cloth on his face. None of these activities seemed to be helping, so we packed up the car and headed for Urgent Care. There is a slight risk of meningitis with cochlear implants, so that is always in the back of our mind when Drew is sick.
We were seen at Urgent Care right away and Drew was diagnosed with a viral infection. We were told to keep doing what we were doing and discharged right away. By the time we left Urgent Care, Drew's temperature was down to 101 and he seemed to be feeling better. We even ran a couple of quick errands on our way home and he seemed fine.
When we got home we gave Drew a bath and dressed him for bed. As Drew's Dad was reading Drew a story, he began to have a seizure. Drew's Dad yelled at me to call 911 while he kept Drew isolated on the floor, laying on his side. The seizure lasted about two minutes, with Drew's arms and legs convulsing, and his lips turning blue. Before the paramedics arrived, Drew came out of the seizure, and by the time they were in our house Drew was grunting and looking very confused, which the paramedics took as a positive sign. Eventually Drew started babbling a little bit and seemed calmed by my voice. It was quite scary, as he would not focus on me as I was speaking to him, just staring at the ceiling.
The ambulance took Drew and I to Children's Hospital for assessment. Drew was diagnosed with a febrile seizure and we were dismissed after several hours of observation. Apparently this is a fairly common cause of seizures, and is not something that should have any affect on his development. There is a slight risk of future seizures when Drew has a fever, and usually the seizure is a sign of an oncoming fever, so there is little that can be done to prevent one.
Drew's Dad and I did not sleep well last night, constantly checking on Drew to make sure his fever wasn't climbing again. Drew woke early this morning and seems to be feeling a lot better. I walked in to Drew's room this morning and he was sitting in his crib singing "Where oh where Barney?" Back to normal.
Drew still has a fever, but it is not nearly as high as yesterday. I'm hoping that we have weathered this storm.