15 month appointment
- everything looked good! :)
- Maggie was in the 50% for weight, the 50% for height, and the 90% for head circumference (we have some big headed children). :)
- She got four shots (the normal three plus the flu shot), and seemed to do ok with those (at least until the following Saturday; more on that next)
- She is still not walking, but again, the pediatrician is still not concerned. He told us that she wasn't delayed until 18 months...so we were to calm down until then. (ACK). Of course, none of this is helped by the fact that she is significantly behind the other children at daycare...which caused the day care director to have her assessed by a physical therapist who was there to work with another child. The PT said the same thing. She has all of the skills and strength she needs to walk, but she seems timid...so calm down. Ok. OK.
- For the record, on her 15 month-aversary, Maggie decided to:
free stand (no hands!)
and wean herself....
So apparently when Maggie decides to make progress, she MAKES progress.
(And speaking of weaning, I knew she was getting ready...but to be told "No Mamma. Night Night" while she did her "all done" sign was just a wee bit heartbreaking...and the child was true to her word. 15 months. Not a day longer).
The Saturday AFTER the 15 month appointment
- all hell broke loose.
- Maggie had been running a slight fever Saturday afternoon, but that wasn't too unexpected because the four shots she had received on Thursday. We didn't panic, and the fever wasn't high enough to warrant any medication (plus she was acting fine). She did become a little fussier that evening, around 6:30/7:00, so I gave her some Motrin, and we put her to bed.
- All of that changed around 11:15 Saturday night. Maggie woke up quite fussy, and she appeared to be hyperventilating...but not just that, but she also appeared to be hallucinating. "Look Mamma! See dat! See dat!" (while pointing at absolutely nothing and looking around the room like she was seeing ghosts). She also felt considerably warmer, so we took her temperature...only to get a reading of 106. 106. I have never in my life heard of a child getting a temperature that high. We immediately stripped off her clothes, and I gave her some Motrin.
- After about 15 minutes, she still wasn't any cooler, and she was still acting really oddly (plus, she was now periodically twitching...I think she was really close to a febrile seizure), so off to the ER we went.
- The first reading the nurse in the ER got was 107 (and brain damage apparently occurs at 108), so we were immediately taken back. She was also still hyperventilating (in an apparent attempt by her body to cool off), and her heart rate was ridiculously high (I know babies are supposed to be faster..around 80 to 130 bpm, but her heart rate upon admission was around 225 bpm). They took her temp again with a more accurate thermometer and got a reading of 104.8 (so it had only fallen 1.2 degrees with 45 minutes of being given Motrin). They immediately gave her a dose of Tylenol, and they started monitoring her temp every 30 minutes or so. Thankfully, with the Tylenol, it fell down to 102 within about 30 minutes...and it continued slooooowly falling after that.
- Of course, they then had to figure out WHY her fever was that high. The possibilities that were suggested were:
a bloodstream infection
a urinary tract infection
a chest infection
a really bad (very rare) reaction to the shots
- In order to try to rule some of these out, they tried to get a blood sample. This was inhibited 1) because she was dehydrated from all of the panting plus the fever and 2) because were were in the ER...and even though the nurses were doing their absolute best, they weren't used to working on babies.
Over the span of 8 hours, they had three different groups of people try FOUR times to get blood from poor Maggie. The last group was finally successful. Of course, they also wanted to start an IV to rehydrate her while we were there, but even the nurse who finally did get a blood sample said there was no way that was going to happen.
- In order to rule out a UTI, they tried to put a catheter in to collect urine. Again, the nurses were doing their best, but they weren't used to trying to put a catheter in a baby. That failed miserably. The "catch bag" which they stuck to her also failed...the poor kiddo peed everywhere BUT in the bag.
- Her screaming helped convince them that her chest was fine....and meningitis was ruled out by the fact that she could very clearly turn her head and that after her fever came down, she actually had a few moments of playfulness around 4:00 am.
- We were finally given permission to leave around 8:30 am, with instructions to come back if things got worse on Sunday and to take her to the pediatrician on Monday.
- Sunday was ok. We kept her on Motrin and Tylenol the entire day, and she acted ok (tired, but that is probably not expected). Monday morning, we tried to skip a dose of Tylenol, and her fever shot right back up to 103 (at 8:00 am). So, it was off to the pediatrician.
- The pediatrician thought it was actually just a virus...particularly roseola, which is known to cause high fevers in young children and which is actually what caused Nora's febrile seizure a while ago. The hallmark of roseola, besides the sudden spike in fever, is that once the fever breaks, the child develops a red rash.
- BUT, Maggie never developed a rash.
- We don't actually know what it was. The hospital ruled out a bloodstream infection, and based on the fact that we never actually gave her any medicine except Tylenol and Motrin, that rules out a UTI. The pediatrician thinks a reaction to the shots is unlikely, as shots almost never trigger a fever that high. He is sticking with a virus. We ended up keeping Maggie out of a daycare for the full week. I'm afraid she may have been slightly spoiled during that time.
|This is the Tuesday AFTER the Saturday night in the ER. Poor Maggie clearly still doesn't feel good.|
Halloween and Fall Break
- Halloween was lots of fun this year. Nora declared it to be "her absolute favorite holiday." I should do an entire post on it, but for now, I'll just show you a picture of Maggie the Bat. :)
- Nora, was QUEEN Elsa from Frozen (and don't you dare forget the "QUEEN" part...this was clearly after the coronation).
- Finally, for Fall Break, we actually went on a vacation. This also needs a separate post, but for now...let me show you the total relaxation Maggie achieved one evening before we all settled down for bedtime. THAT is how you relax on vacation.
I hope to update more soon. We'll see. :)