Sunday, November 20, 2011

In Which Connor Visits Seizure City

Well, this was not a particularly fun day.

It started out well enough; I popped down to the coffee shop to do a little bit of sewing before Joanna came; she was watching Connor for a little while today so Jer and I could go do a bit of Christmas shopping and grab some lunch.  I was doing quite a bit of sequin work today, and I usually try and do that outside the house as the cats are more than happy to help me with it.

Anyway, by the time I got back to the house Connor had already had two seizures and Jer gave him a dose of Lorazepam.  By the time we got back from lunch he'd had two more.  After seizure number six we gave him a second dose of Lorazepam and I checked his temperature.  He was running at 102.4. 

Seizure mystery solved.

So we gave him a dose of Tylenol to start bringing his temperature down.  An hour (and two more seizures) later I checked his temperature again.  Now he was at 102.9.  That wasn't exactly the direction we wanted to be moving in.

We tried giving him a sponge bath.  That brought his temperature down three tenths of a degree-- not enough to make him stop having seizures.  I went down to the store and bought some children's ibuprofen.  Normally we don't use it on Connor because of the possible side effects and the fact that he's on an aspirin regime, but he'd just had seizure number nine and it was either that or the hospital.  We checked his temperature again after an hour and it was down to 101.2. 

And it kept going down.  And down, and down some more until he started shivering uncontrollably.  When I checked his temperature he clocked in at 96.4.  Apparently this isn't uncommon; the body overcompensates a bit sometimes after a fever breaks.  So we bundled him up for half an hour or so until his temperature evened out, and then put him back to bed with his regular covers.

So we're not sure what the heck that was all about-- he didn't have any symptoms other than the fever and of course, the many, many seizures.  The little guy doesn't even have a stuffy nose.  If he's still having issues tomorrow I'll be taking him in to the doctor to make sure he doesn't have a UTI or some other sort of infection.  He won't be going to school tomorrow obviously, as he has to be fever-free for at least 24 hours before he's allowed to return to class. 

Also I'm guessing he might be kind of wiped out tomorrow.  He certainly had a rough day today.



Julia O'C said...

Poor little guy!

Julia said...

Poor kid! I hope today is a *lot* better. On the plus side, he looks adorable all cuddled up with the stuffed animal.

leah said...

Oh, what a day! He is so sweet all bundled up - I hope you can find the source of the fever (whether a UTI or ear infection)...

I hope he is a healthier boy today!

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