Wednesday Write-Up: Horrible Adventure

Sometimes you get more adventure than you bargained for. Sometimes an adventure is not good at the time, but scary and horrible. We had one of those adventures yesterday.

Yesterday was Wednesday here in Taipei (yes I am a bit late in posting this article…you will understand why soon). Chad went to go work on his book at a nearby coffee shop. Zoë and I went to an awesome indoor play area, aptly named Playspace (their website here, you will need to use google to translate. Or you can find english information on it here ) for the second time in as many days.

Playing at Playspace Photo By Jennifer Mitchell
Playing at Playspace
Photo By Jennifer Mitchell

Zoë and I were both excited to go and play again. The day before we had played together with the wonderful array of quality toys and educational tasks for three hours. I was looking forward to letting her play in their amazing sand box as long as she wanted. It was supposed to be a enriching and fun time together.

We arrived at our destination and Zz played in the sand for a bit, but was a bit lethargic and cranky. She didn’t want to play with the other children and after 45 minutes she was ready to go home. We hopped in a taxi and she felt hot, like she had a fever. I texted Chad what was going on and that once we arrived at home, I was planning on taking her temp and giving her some advil if she indeed did have a fever.

I carried Zoë into the house and took her temp right away, it was 102.2 so I got out the Ibuprofen quickly and attempted to open it one handed as I held her.

That is when she went limp. I jostled her in my arms, calling her name and turned her head to me. Her eyes were open, but she was completely unresponsive. I called her name over and over, trying to wake her as I somehow managed to grab my purse and put on my shoes to leave for the hospital.

I remembered as I was almost out the door that I needed her passport. I ran back to try to find it… where the heck did I put it?!?! That is when she started to seize. She tensed up and twitched, making a clicking sound in her throat. I knew exactly what was happening, I have seen other children go through this when I worked in doctor offices, but I was still freaking out. I gave up on finding the passports and ran out the door with my unconscious baby mid-seizure, not even shutting the front door behind me.

I, of course, was out of minutes on my phone, but was still able to text Chad to “Call me mow” (its the best I could do while running down the hill). He called right away, I yelled, “She’s having a seizure, meet me at the hospital.” I do not know how I made it down the hill so fast, but I know that the whole time I was holding my still unconscious, but no longer seizing baby, screaming for someone to please help me. No one did, they all just stared, which makes sense since I was speaking english.

After I had run for about a quarter mile, a wonderful english speaking lady on a scooter stopped and gave me and Zoë a ride to the hospital. It was such a god-send, normally there is no way I would take Zoë on a scooter, especially helmet-less, but I was so thankful that we were able to get to the emergency room so quickly. I am by no means a runner, there is a meme that I love, it says “I would never run with scissors, actually those last two words were unnecessary.” It was pure endorphins that made me able to run so fast and far holding a limp 30 pound toddler.

I ran into the ER, screamed “She’s having a seizure” and was rushed right back to a bed, where a team of about ten people started her on an IV, placed her on oxygen, took all her vitals and got her history and information within 2 minutes of being there.

Chad got there about 10 minutes later, after Zoë had been treated for her high fever (103.6 F!!!) and was resting. Both of us were in shock at what was going on. Chad and I prayed together and alone for God to heal her and that the time in the hospital would not be traumatic for Z. The doctors informed us of the possible causes of the seizure, but definitely leaned towards a febrile seizure. A febrile seizure happens when a child, usually between the ages of 0-6 years old, spikes a fever so fast that their body can’t handle it and it causes a short seizure.

Despite the fact that all the facts pointed to a febrile seizure, the doctors still performed tests checking for any other possible cause as well as the cause of the fever. The care was excellent and efficient. The staff made a terrible situation into a manageable one.

Within two hours, Zoë had napped and woken up hungry and thirsty and ready to say “no” to everything we said. Our girl was back to normal! Thank you Jesus!!!

Eating Raisins and Chatting Away Photo by Chad R. Mitchell
Eating Raisins and Chatting Away
Photo by Chad R. Mitchell

We waited in the ER for the next 4 hours waiting for test results, then were told that the fever was probably caused by a virus, as they couldn’t find anything else wrong with her. The kind doctor said we should give her ibuprofen every 6 hours and if the fever got any higher to bring her back. With that we picked up a prescription for Ibuprofen and headed home.

Zoë slept soundly all night, although Chad and I were up often, checking her temperature and her breathing. Today, she is back to her normal self and cutely telling us “Mommy, Daddy, look ZZ’s tattoo (what she calls her bandage from the IV), see but don’t touch.” She is running around the house and imagining that she is Tinkerbell and is flying with her magic feather. She loves to mix and match Disney movies.

Chad and I are spoiling our little girl today and I started to say to her earlier, “What a lucky girl you are,” but I had to stop myself. We are the lucky ones, we are the amazingly blessed people that get to raise and enjoy this gift from God. We are so blessed to have her. We knew that before, but something about going through this together, gives me a renewed sense of love and responsibility.

My Two Favorite People, I am Truly Blessed Photo By Jennifer Mitchell
My Little Family, I am Truly Blessed
Photo By Jennifer Mitchell

Sometimes we get more adventure than we expected in our lives. Sometimes those adventures are bad in the moment. Regardless of the positive or negative nature of an adventure, we have them to grow and expand our lives. The adventure that all three of us lived through yesterday has given me a new realization of God’s true blessings that he has given me. God is good!

How precious is Your loving kindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. Psalm 36:7

  33 comments for “Wednesday Write-Up: Horrible Adventure

  1. B
    August 29, 2013 at 12:49 am

    I’m so glad this ended well!

    • andthreetogo
      August 29, 2013 at 12:50 am

      Me too! I am so thankful! Being a mom is tough! 🙂

  2. Cyndie Tobin
    August 29, 2013 at 1:00 am

    Huuuugggs to you all!
    Good thinking in an emergency.
    So glad all okay.
    Auntie C

    • andthreetogo
      August 29, 2013 at 1:08 am

      Thanks Auntie! Hugs back to you and Uncle Randy! Xoxo

  3. Denise Heaney
    August 29, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Through your blog I feel like I know you,your writing is so personable. I’m so glad your girl is better!
    Thanks for sharing

    • andthreetogo
      August 29, 2013 at 7:01 am

      Thank you Denise! Honestly that is exactly what I want when I write. 🙂 I am so glad that Z is better, too. I will never look at a fever the same way again!

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  5. Much to be thankful for!
    August 31, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    You obviously did the right things in a time of crisis. Reading your post I was reminded of times when I felt this type of parental terror. So sorry you, and Zoe of course, had to go through this experience. So thankful that God is God EVERYWHERE! He is good ALL the time! Praying for a total healing for little Z!

    • andthreetogo
      August 31, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      Thanks mom! <3

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  7. Lauren
    July 22, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    How scary!!! I am so glad she is okay! It sounds like you did everything right… great job momma!

    • andthreetogo
      July 23, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      Thanks so much! I am thankful every day that she is okay and we have not had another scare like that. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. 🙂

    July 22, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Thanks for sharing such an emotional event. I am sure that it will help comfort others who might experience similar situations.

    • andthreetogo
      July 23, 2014 at 2:10 pm

      I sure hope so! Thanks!

  9. pickettfamily
    July 22, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Sorry you had to go through this! – Theresa,

    • andthreetogo
      July 23, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      I am too, but it was truly eye opening in how much I sometimes don’t appreciate my little girl as much as I should. It sounds horrible, but you know what I mean (I hope). 🙂

  10. threeboysandamom
    July 23, 2014 at 12:30 am

    So scary!!! I’m so glad she was okay and hopefully wasn’t too traumatizing for her, although you and your husband will never forget it! God is good!

    • andthreetogo
      July 23, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      She doesn’t remember a thing and seems to be mentally and physically okay, Thank God! God is amazingly good!

  11. Lifeblooming
    July 23, 2014 at 4:55 am

    What an emotional and stressful situation! I’m glad it turned out well for you all and you were able to see the positivity arising from it once the anxiety eased.

    • andthreetogo
      July 23, 2014 at 2:15 pm

      It truly was. I am glad it did too.

  12. Homemade Experience
    July 23, 2014 at 5:33 am

    Wow, what a scary, emotional situation! So glad everything worked out okay. I can’t even imagine!

    • andthreetogo
      July 23, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      It was so scary. We never can imagine until something is happening. It is amazing to me how we mommies can know what to do instinctively. 🙂

  13. Toddler Tales
    July 23, 2014 at 7:28 am

    I am so happy to hear it ended well! There was a lump in my throat as I read it and thought about what I’d do if that had been me! Mom’s really can do anything for their children!

    • andthreetogo
      July 23, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      Isn’t that the truth! We are all truly Super Moms when it is necessary. 🙂

  14. Melissande
    July 23, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Oh my gosh! I’m so glad she’s ok! There’s nothing scarier than having something horrible happen to your child. How awesome that the woman on the scooter was right where you needed her to be. God is so good. I also love how she was saying “No!” within a short while of feeling better. That’s hilarious.

    • andthreetogo
      July 23, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      God is SO good! I felt his hand on me and Zoë the whole time that this was happening. Everything was worked out that we were in the right place at the right time, even if it was a horrible thing to happen, God saw that Z was going to be okay.

  15. The Vanilla Housewife
    July 23, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Oh my Lord. I can imagine the fear! I had a baby cousin who had febrile seizure before and the memory stills bring chills down my spine. Thank God for that kind lady who gave you and Z a ride. God sent!

    • andthreetogo
      July 23, 2014 at 7:28 pm

      Completely God sent!

  16. Sasha
    October 11, 2014 at 9:29 am

    So after my son had his seizure, the doctor told us to rotate between ibuprofen and tylenol every three hours. This is a great way to keep the fever down. I though this was a good thing for both of us to know next time we find a fever starting up.

    • andthreetogo
      October 11, 2014 at 9:45 am

      Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  18. mamabyfire
    June 15, 2015 at 12:39 am

    I know this was years ago and she got better right away, but I was going through all the emotions right there with you. How horrible! I can’t imagine! I’m so glad she was better so quickly. It’s nice when we can actually feel God’s comfort in awful situations like this.
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    • andthreetogo
      June 15, 2015 at 7:01 am

      It still makes me cry think of it… I can barely read this post…the feelings and memories come flooding back.
      I am so thankful to God that it wasn’t worse.:)

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