First of all, Merry Christmas! It’s amazing how we all spend months preparing for this day and just flies by, isn’t it? It’s also pretty insane how many times in one day you can watch A Christmas Story and still laugh when Randy falls in the snow and lays there like a slug.
For those of you who follow me on Twitter, this won’t be news, but I’d like to fill the rest of you in on our little drama fest over here. Madeline gave us quite a scare the other day and we actually ended up spending Christmas Eve in the hospital.
I don’t think I’ve mentioned on my blog that she’s been having these fainting spells for the past few months. When she gets upset, she inhales that looooong silent cry that most kids follow up with a …WAHHHHHHHH, except she doesn’t WAHHHHHHH. Instead, she turns blue, her eyes roll back into her head and she falls limp, usually hitting her head on the floor. It sounds horrible and it is. I’ve been told by our pediatrician and many others that this is normal behavior for a toddler and that they grow out of it, but still… it’s freaking terrifying when you see your baby’s face completely blue.
While at her daycare on Wednesday afternoon, Madeline passed out when her babysitter was trying to get her out of the crib. The only difference this time was that she wasn’t crying or upset at all… she was smiling and happy one minute, and the next she was completely limp and unresponsive. The sitter said she couldn’t feel her heart beating, so she patted her back and smacked her cheeks until she came out of it almost a MINUTE later. Justin showed up right after this happened and called me. He said the sitter was crying and completely freaked out by what had happened, but Maddie was happy and acting normal. We took her to the Emergency Room to get checked out.
Poor Maddie was hooked up to heart monitors, had blood drawn, an IV put in her arm, and she had a smile on her sweet face through it all. We were told we could go home after spending 20 hours there, and they assured us that everything was fine with her heart. Next up is some sort of test to see if these spells could actually be seizures. I’ll fill you all in when I know anything.
Any time I hear her get quiet while playing in the other room or when she starts to get upset and cry, I am a complete mess of a woman. I never know when to expect one of these to happen. When she’s done this in the past, I’ve always had someone there with me to help wake her, which is good because I always just freeze up and start bawling. I know I’ll be able to handle it if I’m alone with her, but gahhh, it’s a scary thought.
This has been a different sort of Christmas stress this year for our family, but we’re just so happy Maddie is fine and that we’re home. Thank you to everyone who kept us in your thoughts and prayers.