Why We Spent Christmas Eve in the Hospital… Oh, and Merry Christmas

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.

28 thoughts on “Why We Spent Christmas Eve in the Hospital… Oh, and Merry Christmas

  1. I’m sooo glad that Maddie was ok! She is in my prayers, as is your family. Hope you had a merry Christmas, and I hope you have a Happy New Year!

  2. So glad Maddie is okay now and that you guys were able to come home from the hospital in time for Christmas. Hopefully some answers will come soon as to what this is so that it will be easier to treat. I hope you guys had a wonderful Christmas nonetheless! :)

  3. I cannot imagine how scared you must be. I freak out when my movement monitor does a warning beep let alone having something actually happen! I hope all is sorted out soon. You will be in my thoughts. x.

  4. Morgan, I am so sorry you guys are going through this, I will pray for Maddie and you both. Let me know if there is anything I can do, if you need help or anything.

  5. I hope that new years will be easier on you, new decade new hopes. Take care of your family, God bless

  6. I really hope that they figure out what is causing this soon so they can fix it. I can’t even imagine how stressful and hard it must be to see your daughter have a problem like that. I hope you guys had a really good Christmas otherwise.

  7. Oh my goodness! I’ve been thinking about you guys and praying for little Maddie since I read your tweets. I’m so glad she is doing fine now! I can’t imagine how you must have felt… and how it must be to see it happen to her. You are such a good Mommy… she is so lucky to have you.

  8. Oh my! I’m so glad to hear that Maddie is okay. You are a bigger woman than me. I’m not sure how I would react in that situation.

    I hope they can find out what’s going on with sweet maddie very soon!

    I love both of your faces :D.

  9. Oh, Morgan, my heart goes out to you, because I can just imagine exactly how I would feel if that were Rosalie or any of my girls. SO so so scary.
    Steph told me on Christmas Eve that this had happened, and I’ve been thinking of you and praying for all of you, especially Maddie, since I heard. Hopefully you get some answers soon! I’ll be especially praying for peace and a calmness for you as you deal with having her at home and trying not to freak out and be a stressful mess– I know I would be INSANELY stressed, not even able to take my eyes off her! Anyway, you’re an amazing and strong momma… hang in there girlie. Love!!

  10. Hey Morgan. Its crazy that you brought this up about Maddie. You know that Medical Mystery/Mystery Diagnosis show on TV where people have conditions and doctors can’t figure it out? There was an episode that had a child that was having the same symptoms that Maddie’s having. The couple went to numerous physicians, all saying the child was fine, and finally they found a doc that diagnosed the child with the right treatment. I would try to youtube the episode or find what channel that show comes on to find what episdoes played in the past month. I don’t remember what caused it, but I do remember them saying that each doctor overlooked one small symptom and that was the piece to the puzzle. I hope this helps you in your search for an answer, and I hope that your Maddie baby gets better very soon!

  11. Morgan, I am so sorry to hear about the episode with your little one.
    We know what fever seizures are with our little Evie ( now 3). Very
    scary !!!! Hope you find out the cause – keep searching – dont give up!
    Hugs to you and your family, and I will keep her in my prayers !

  12. This is so scary, and I’m so sorry you had to go through this at Christmas. I’m thinking of all of you and sending prayers that you have answers soon.

  13. Morgan – been MIA from your blog – got laid off and all my bookmarks were on the work computer.

    Just catching up and Soooo sorry to hard that you have these issue with Maddie :-( Sending prayers your way that all comes out fine and it is – as Drs suggest – just a part of her “growing up”.

    Glad to hear that she seems to be ok and is her cute and smiling self :-)

    But remember – your Mother’s instinct is The Thing To Listen To. If it doesn’t feel right, you Follow Up On It! Nothing is more important than correct information. Remember – I gave my 100% faith to my original Dr (supposed Breast Disease Specialist) and look where it got me! Educate yourself.

    With Faith and Hope,
    Surviving breast cancer…

  14. Wow, I can’t imagine how scary that must be for you Morgan, but I’m so happy to hear that Maddie’s tests went well. I hope you had a wonderful holiday!

  15. Gosh, again that is just so horrible!!! I pretty much can’t believe that it is “normal” or whatever, because I would be completely on edge 24/7! Anyways, I am glad she is okay and that she is such a happy girl and can handle it so well :) And her parents too!! :D

  16. I am so glad she is ok. I was following you like crazy on twitter, I know we don’t know each other in the “real” world, but I was concerned by this and now I am praying all tests are A-ok. My nephew had similar spells and has since grown out of the, God Bless!

  17. So glad she’s doing okay. Sorry for my million texts! I was just so worried about her AND you! I can’t even imagine how frantic you must have been. My mom sends her best too, she was just distraught and said she couldn’t even imagine how worried you must have been as a momma. <3

  18. YIKES!! That is really scary! I will keep you and your precious little girlie in my prayers! I hope the doctors get you an answer soon because that is just way too scary to have to live with indefinitely.

  19. My heart goes out to you. My whole family will continue to pray for Maddie and you and your family. She is so precious. She brightens everyone’s day at church.

  20. When I was a little kid, I used to pass out everytime I banged my head. Even if it was the slightest bump, I would pass out. My brothers just used to move me out of the way until I came to.

    I hope that the spells are just that, spells.

  21. I don’t know how I found your blog? I was actually looking for a clothing store but I had to leave you a message when I read this blog. My son Carson is 19 mths old and he does exactly the same thing you have discribe your child doing. He start this at 6 mths. He was actualy being admitted into the hospital for pneumonia and when they went to stick him for his IV he stopped breathing, turned blue and very pale. Then his eyes rolled in the back of his head and he passed out. He has been having these episodes almost everyday for a year. Sometimes up to three or more times per day. We have been to several doctors and hospitals for testing and stll no answers. He has had just about every test possible and the doctors still can not figure out what this is. The only thing they have told me is that it could be breath holding spells. I feel your pain and I know exactly what your going thru. It is the scariest thing I haw ever experienced. Even after a year of dealing with this it is still so frightening. I will be praying for your family. Please email me if you are able get any answers. We are open to any direction we can get with this. Google “the girl that couldn’t be touched” it was an episode on discovery health. I have watch it and it is very similar to what my son does. I think you may find it interesting. God bless you and your sweet baby.
    Kayla Smiley

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