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I'm not one to typically share detailed aspects of my life on social media, but I feel like if I can help educate one person, who may experience a febrile seizure with their child, it was worth sharing.
Last night started as a typical weeknight in the Clader household. Around 7:30 I rocked Keegan to sleep, said my prayers while snuggling him, and put him in his crib. Everything seemed right with the world, in that moment.
Around 11pm Keegan kept waking up and crying. Curtis ... went against his normal "cry it out" method and decided to let Keegan snuggle with his momma. As the night progressed, I was awaken by Keegan twitching against me. I reached to touch him, and he was absolutely on fire. I tried to bring him towards me, and I realized he was still twitching. I grabbed my phone to shine a light on him, and I felt like I was in a nightmare. My baby's eyes were rolled back in his head, twitching, not breathing, and unresponsive. As I type this, I find myself shaking remembering the look on his face. I'm screaming for Curtis at this point, who has ventured to the couch because he was unable to sleep, and I am absolutely panicking. I hand Keegan to Curtis and try to find a phone to dial 911. While we are on the phone with 911, Keegan stays in a seizure for what feels like forever, but was about 5 more agonizing minutes. We are clueless on what to do, still panicking, praying, and scared too death that our baby is not going to be okay. As the people on the phone are unable to help us, and the ambulance is nowhere in site, I call one of our dearest friends who is a pediatrician in a panicked state. Thank goodness he was calmly able to let me know what to expect as Keegan came out of his seizure and that this can actually be somewhat common in babies who spike a high fever. Once Keegan came out of the seizure, he was in a drugged state and barely breathing, which our pediatrician told us to be prepared for. budget-saving wedding collection in vintage style
We eventually got Keegan to the ER at Mother Francis, where he was finally starting to act like himself. We saw a doctor almost immediately, and they concluded that an ear infection caused his temperature to spike, out of nowhere, which led to the seizure.
The point of me sharing this horrifying situation, is that as non medical professionals, Curtis and I didn't know how to react in this moment. We were clueless on what to do and what the potential outcome was going to be for our baby. We are so thankful to our Heavenly Father for watching over Keegan and letting us bring our baby home. We now know that Keegan has a high likelihood of this happening again, but have been educated on what to do, if the situation unfortunately arises in the future. Had I read an article about this while being pregnant, I know I still would have panicked, but I also would of felt more sure that Keegan was going to be okay.
Please take a moment to educate yourself in case you ever experience this terrifying situation.See More