Tuesday, January 20, 2009

More Troubles

Normally Samantha sleeps just fine during the night, so when she doesn't, it's a red flag that something is really wrong.

Sunday Marcus and I arranged our first date since moving to Spokane for Monday evening. We had a babysitter set up and we were pretty excited to use our Chili's gift card and do a little gift card shopping at the mall. Events occurred, however, on Sunday night which would change those date plans.

Around 2am, Sammy woke up. She cried for awhile before I decided to go in for her. When I did, I stood and rocked her for a bit. She immediately fell asleep. I could tell she was congested, but overall she seemed just fine. Of course when I put her back down, she woke up and was upset. I went back to bed allowing her to cry a bit. She did fall asleep, and so did I. At about 3:15am she was crying again and I was exhausted. So I went in her room, got her up, and we slept on the futon together. About 1/2 hour later she had a pretty bad seizure. Sad. I know it's ok, but I still can't help but be sad for her when she goes through that. Especially because after this one she really kicked and cried. The really sad part for me was thinking about why she was reacting that way. The seizure was really intense and I could tell she was struggling to breath. I think it caused her to panic a bit until she was able to catch a breath. Poor little sweetheart. At 7am, the same thing happened.

The rest of the day went well. She was a bit clingy, but overall she was fine until I felt her back around 2:45pm. She was burning up. I took her temp and she had a fever of 102. I don't like that number on my babies. Marcus was holding Sammy when all of a sudden she jerked really hard and went into her 3rd seizure of the day.


We decided to take her to the doctor. They found her ears were infected -- again. This is her 2nd ear infection in January. Her left ear is full of fluid. They gave her a painful shot, which made me cry, and 30 minutes later we were on our way home. By the time she went to bed, she was playing and much happier.

This morning I received a phone call telling me that the doctor had scheduled an appointment with an ENT specialist and I had 1/2 hour to get there. This entry is getting long, so...we rushed down there, had our appointment, and found that Sammy needs tubes in her ears. The doctor thinks she needs them soon because there is quite the build up of fluid. So, she moved one of her surgeries to get Samantha in for this Thursday. She is also going to remove some adnoid tissue to help with her breathing. We have no reason to think she has strained breathing, but because Samantha's head is smaller, the internal plumbing in her head is also a little tighter. This will allow for better drainage from her nose, etc. This could help her perpetual runny nose.

I'm sure it'll all be ok, though any prayers are appreciated. They want to have the surgery, which is outpatient and fairly simple, at the children's hospital here (Sacred Heart) -- just in case -- instead of in the clinic. I really feel like this will be good for Sammy, but I feel a little anxious just because it has all happened so quickly. And it just breaks my heart that one more thing is happening to her. I know, a ton of kids need tubes in their ears. No big deal -- it's just that it is.

The good news for today is that we found out Marcus's ear muffs fit Sammy! Yippee! I didn't get the best picture, but you get the point.

15 comments:

sagebrushandbuttercups said...

What a rough couple of days these have been for you! I am sorry Sammy has been feeling so badly.It is strange isn't it when things are going along fairly normally, then boom, a marked change in direction.I look forward to you and Marcus having a great date later! I hope this surgery really benefits Samantha. The tubes will be no big deal for her, the adenoidectomy part is a bit more involved, but it will sure be better for her to have a more open airway. And it will be more comfortable for her not to have a runny nose. I know Marcus will give her a beautiful blessing before surgery and you have the prayers of many of us behind you. I have really missed seeing your family, and am grateful for the photos you gave me and for those you put on this site as well as the little movies that let us see you all. Sending lots of love and prayers to you.
~Jan

Teri said...

Thank you for sharing, Jenny. We will keep you all in our prayers. Tubes are very common in kids so she'll be fine, but (like you talked about) shots on your kids are hard to watch! I loved the pictures of Sammy. Too cute!

liliblogs said...

I'm glad for the update, too. Because I can remember to keep you in my prayers... and I love you guys!

mj said...

Oh Jenny. It IS a big deal and don't ever feel bad for saying so!! That post just broke my heart. I will be praying for ALL of you this Thursday. Hope all goes well. What a sweetheart.

...and i hope you get to go on that date night soon. :)

Heather said...

How fast to have such a turn of events! We will be thinking of you guys this week and hope things go good for you guys.

maryirene allen said...

we will be praying for you. we love you sammy. so sorry jenny.

Nathan and Rebecca Scott said...

Sorry that things have been so rough for you. Hope that the surgery goes well and improves everyone's situation...

Lori and Matt said...

I"m sorry you're going through this. We'll definetely remember Sammy and ya'll in our prayers. Good luck tomorrow, hopefully the seizures will stop once she gets this infection taken care of. I love you!

Erin said...

I'll be thinking about you and praying for you guys this week. Hope all goes well. I love the pictures of Sammy, she looks so cute! :) Keep us posted on how everything goes.

Heidi Ashworth said...

I don't know how you go through watching those seizures! Owie! Michael had tubes and his adnoids burned out and Mary had her adnoids removed, too--at the same time as her tonsils. The tonsil thing was way worse. I'm glad that they are moving so fast on it with Sammy--we had to go through a year of constant ear infections before they would do it for Michael. Everything with Sammy is hard and different and not routine--so I can understant you being anxious. We always say prayers for you guys at our house! Love you!

Jessica said...

Sorry to hear about the trouble you are having. Hopefully the surgery helps and she can sleep better. We miss you guys and love you and our prayers are with you! She is such a sweetheart, you are the perfect Mommy, Jenny!

Danette said...

I'm probably a little late, but I'll say prayers. Evan had tubes put in at 2. It's more traumatic for the parents than the child, but I hope all goes/went well. I'm thinking of you... (and this stuff is a big deal. It really is.)

Erin Ames said...

I'm glad to hear sammy is relatively ok. Daniel had tubes in his ears as a small child too. I hope things went well with the surgery. I also hope you're holding up ok. When Andrew had kidney surgery it was heartbreaking for me even though I knew they were helping him and in the end he'd was better off. Anyway, I know you're strong...but even strong people when dealing with their children can have a tough time....so you're in our prayers and I'm so glad you have so much family and so many friends who love and support you.

Ashley DeMille said...

So I didn't read this blog until after I wrote the email. I had no idea. I am so sorry for you. we will keep Sammy in our prayers

rachel said...

Jenny, we will keep you guys in our prayers. love you!

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