Tuesday, April 21, 2009

When was the last time...

you drugged your child? Because I did it Monday night. Yep. This cute little girl....

was given a bit of this little girl's ...


seizure medicine. "Oops" doesn't quite cover the thoughts that went through my mind when I realized I had given Callie some of this. I was pretty panicked and shaken up all night.


I'm a busy person, but I usually keep the important things in order -- like Sammy's medicine. Of all the stupid things. Callie was sitting in her high chair. I was feeding her dinner, while giving Sammy her medicine as she clung to Callie's chair. I gave Sammy her Topamax. She sat down. I gave Callie a bite of dinner. I filled the little syringe-thing to 5 mL and gave it to my child. I thought, "Wow. Sammy doesn't normally suck out the medicine quite like this." That's when I realized that Sammy wasn't sucking out the medicine. It was Callie! AH! She had 1 mL of the Trileptal -- an anti-seizure medication that is also used for Bi-Polar. Not one of my finest mothering moments. Callie was upset that I took the medicine away from her and started to cry. I gave Samantha the right dose and immediately called a nurse in our ward. I'm pretty sure he thought I was an idiot and considered calling Child Protective Services. Luckily he didn't call, and luckily, luckily Callie was fine. Trileptal takes a couple weeks to get in your system, and she had a pretty small amount, but still! I mean, really. Who does that?

Some of you reading this will be appalled and think "How could anyone do that?" Some of you may think it's a little comical -- only because nothing bad resulted from my stupidity. It is definitely a story that will be passed down in our family, I'm sure...and we will probably laugh about it -- but I felt so incredibly horrible. Boy did that experience make me slow down a little bit. That will never happen again.

5 comments:

maryirene said...

wow! i'm sure you're not the first to accidentally give one child's medicine to another child. i could easily see myself doing it! so glad she is fine. you're a great mother. don't you forget it!!

sagebrushandbuttercups said...

Jenny give yourself a break, please. You are the best mom ever. EVERYONE makes mistakes. EVERYONE. Upon discovering it you took all the right steps. I think you are swell. Any kid lucky enough to be yours, is a really lucky kid.
Love, Jan

Scott and Valary Smith said...

I didn't think, "how could she do that?" I thought, "If I had seizure medicine in my house, I would have done the same thing lots of time and before this." Being a good mom is not just preventing accidents or never having bad things happen. Being a good mom is knowing what to do when they do happen--because they will.

Megs said...

oh bless your heart Jenny. I"ve never done that with seizure medicine (cause we don't have any) but I do stuff like that all the time. I put the wrong clothes on the wrong kids ALL THE TIME. Seriously. Especially when you're doing to same thing all day every day it's easy to go on autopilot and not even think about what child you're giving what. It's a good thing kids are made of rubber.

JAZKK Low said...

Whatever! While I was reading that I thought, that would be SO easy to do! Especially with the "baby" brain that some of us get! I really believe in that...I forget things, words, don't make sense when I talk/write...2 babies, it would be easy to do that! When the girls got their shots I gave them tylenol, only I couldn't remember who had gotten it when and I didn't want to double dose, so I didn't give it to one of them because I didn't know if I had given it to her already or the other one! AH! Life is crazy!

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