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Blindsided: An Ambulance, Three Hospitals and Two Dr. Visits

January 21, 2013


My week.

A week ago Saturday: The scariest day of my life. Our little eight-month-old Jordi suffered a febrile seizure while we were having brunch at one of our old neighborhood favorites (must remember to send card). You know that feeling, especially moms, when something just isn’t right? Well, Jordi didn’t have a normal seizure, he didn’t shake, he froze but I knew something was terribly wrong.

Looking back at the commotion we created at Edward’s, it’s an out of body-mind experience. I remember the manager calling 911, the boys crying and Jose in a panic as if all in a dream. But for some reason, alone in the ambulance with Jordi, and a young EMT who will soon be a father, that part, was serene. Until the commotion of being in a New York City hospital began and I could literally feel my baby’s body temperature spiking.

After explaining for the fifth time that Jordi dropped his bottle while I fed him, and stared off into space, looking through us- not at us, his little face turning bright red, and no sounds coming out of his tiny body as we patted his back, spoke to him, or turned him over and over, my anguish was huge. We had no idea what was wrong with him except we knew something was wrong. The doctors set off to find the cause of infection, why the baby was spiking a fever. They drew blood, urine and did a chest x-ray and didn’t find a thing. After five hours, the diagnosis was definitely a febrile seizure. We left Beth Israel Hospital with a slight comfort that it was ONLY a febrile seizure, common with children, not dangerous, most likely will happen again, he will outgrow it but nevertheless, sad and worried.

A visit to Jordi’s pediatrician and an amazing squeeze-in to an appointment with a neurologist on Thursday, we have been reassured that the incident was ONLY a febrile seizure and the infection causing the fever that caused the seizure was a double ear infection. Everyone has reassured us that febrile seizures are a young child’s brain’s reaction to fever, although not dangerous, certainly scary.

As I write this, 48 hours after my own petite surgery to the eyes, a surgery planned and re-scheduled three times, I had to go through with it. My mother in town, Jose with days off from work and a bonus Monday holiday, I had to keep my appointment to tweak these goofy eye muscles of mine. I can barely see (forgive me for the extra grammar errors), my eyes don’t want to stay open. I have to make them exercise and although my blindfold experiment of one day brought awareness to my senses, day two and three are not as much fun.

Blindsided by unexpected health occurrences. Blindsided by the sensitivity and gentleness of little bodies and delicate organs. We know life is sacred, precious and delicate, yet, most of the time we are harsh, careless and insensitive to it. A firm believer of “things happen for a reason” and a happiness and positive pusher to you, I am once again reminded of my blessings, and in deep gratitude to those who serve (doctors, nurses, amazing couple at the restaurant who distracted and helped us with Diego and Santi while we were in the ambulance with Jordi, the couple who paid for our food at Edward’s, EMTs, my mother, my friends and family and especially my personal nurse, Jose). It truly takes a village and especially a lot of love and care to help with the most sensitive of all…gracias.

Wishing you all a healthy and great week!

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  • Reply Aida January 21, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Thank God everyone is ok prima, scary week you had!

  • Reply Monica January 21, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Dear Betty,
    So glad to hear that Jordi is okay. How scary that must have been!! Hope your eyes are much better today and continue to improve. xoxo
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  • Reply Nina January 21, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Oh Betty, how scary! I teared up reading this, both because of how crazy it must have been and also for the goodness in people who helped you out.

    My cousin’s kid also had febrile seizures, and my older sister actually has epilepsy so I know how nuts it is to see something go down like that. Hopefully all is better from this point on with you!
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  • Reply Vanessa January 21, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    So glad you are recovering & that Jordi is doing well also!

  • Reply Carla January 22, 2013 at 3:55 am

    Wow…so glad you are all OK. That is crazy scary! Hope you all recover physically and emotionally very soon. Big hug and thank you so much for the lovely Xmas card. We must Skype soon, let me know when is good. Carla xx

  • Reply Liz A January 22, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Scary moments indeed! Glad to hear Jordi and you are doing better. Sometimes we question why something happens to us. We go through the experience and emotions and everything else but we must count our blessings and move forward. So glad you are thinking positive and thank goodness for the extra kindness of others! Cuidate y besos!

  • Reply Isabella January 22, 2013 at 10:15 am

    WOW! I am very happy things are okay. I was relieved to read that Jordi’s condition is common in children, because I actually didn’t know this could happen and be normal. Also, really glad the surgery went smoothly.

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    Reply Betty January 22, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Thank you to everyone who commented here and on Facebook. We really do feel the positive energy coming from you. Jodi is almost done with his antibiotic and we both have follow up appointments this week.
    P.s. I did send a card to Edward’s restaurant! 🙂
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  • Reply Caro January 22, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    I’m glad you and Jordi are doing well and recouping. Remember to stay positive. 😉

    XO xo

  • Reply Yvette S January 23, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Glad to hear that through all this you can still remain positive. We definitely can’t do everything alone. It’s good to know that there are people out there that are willing to get up and help and not just sit and watch. Love ya!

  • Reply Liz M. January 23, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    And through all this you still found a minute to call. Thanks. XO

    Good to hear that you are both doing well.

  • Reply Nancy January 23, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Oh Betty I’m sorry you had to go though something so scary I could imagine how you felt, not long ago, I was brushing Melina’s hair and out if the blue her eyes stared rolling back and fainted, thank God I hold her fall, but my heart spiked up like crazy, at first I thought it was a seizure because of her eyes rolling back and i have a few family members that suffer from it, but thank God she came back up after ten seconds maybe, I cried and became very scared and it turn out to be that some people faint wile they get their hair brush when their chin is down it cuts blod circulation to the brain so it causes kids to faint. I’m so glad that he is ok and that finally you were able to get that operation, wish you recuperate soon! Xoxo

  • Reply Heather January 29, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Betty this story is so scary. I’m sorry all of you went through that. Even though I’m states away…I’m always here for you! Love ya!

  • Reply Heather January 29, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Betty, I posted a comment but for some reason it didn’t go through. Just wanted to let you know that I am really sorry that all of you experienced something so scary and I’m always here for you even though I’m states away. Love ya!

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