Last night was a night of firsts. My first time witnessing a seizure, first time calling 911 for a real emergency, first time watching my child convulse, first time having a panic attack: it truly was the scariest night of my life.
At dinner, Ryder complained that he was cold. We kinda wrote it off, not thinking anything about it. Then he was lethargic and almost fell backward off his stool. Mitch caught him just in time for him to lean forward and almost smash his head on our hard countertop. Mitch again to the rescue--he stopped his head with his hand. Mitch saw his eyes roll back but then he "came to" right away. So that was weird, but again we didn't think too much of it. Later on, Ry was wrapped up in a blanket on the couch with Mitch watching his favorite Donald Duck You Tube videos. Mitch no sooner told me that he was burning up that it happened--he started convulsing. Long story short, Ryder had what is known as a febrile convulsion. It's a common occurance in children 6 months-6 years of age when their fever spikes. You can read more about it here. They took a chest x-ray and blood work at the hospital. Ryder was in the beginning stages of pneumonia, so they gave him a prescription for that. And he was sooo good while they were drawing his blood. He didn't cry at all. What a trooper!
All in all, looking back, I have so much to be thankful for. #1. Mitch was home when it happened. I can't even imagine what it would have been like had I been alone. I was a wreck. Mitch was cool, calm, and collected. (At least from the outside.) He stayed with Ryder the whole time while I was totally freaking out. #2. Mitch's parents were home. They live right next door and I ran over there, got them, and they stayed with us the rest of the night, talked to the 911 dispatcher and drove Mitch to the ER while I went in the ambulance. #3. Family and friends were at the hospital with us showing their love and support. #4. Friends were praying.
I hope we never have to experience that ever again. Here's a couple pictures of Ry with his chest x-ray.