Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Things Took a Strange Turn

I am blogging from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite.   Yesterday I facebooked that I thought Ada was out of the woods, but I was wrong.  Yesterday, during a zofran-induced nap, Ada woke up with a strange, high-pitched cry, and no matter what I did I couldn't get her to recognize me or respond to me.  Finally, after about 30 seconds (while I scrambled around trying to figure out who to call, what to do), she snapped out of it, and I called the doctor.  He suspected that it was a nightmare caused by the zofran, so we went on with our day.  To make a long story short, Ada ended up having another one of the "episodes" yesterday afternoon, and then after going to sleep last night, she began to have multiple "episodes," which I began to suspect were seizures.  Scott and I agreed that we needed to head to the emergency room.

We quickly grabbed a few items, called my friend Jessica, and got Ada and John in the car.  All the while I was second guessing myself, thinking maybe she was just having night terrors caused by the zofran.  We pressed on, however, and left John with Jessica, and headed to the emergency room.  Ada was sound asleep in the car, and she had several episodes on the way to the hospital.

Again, a long story short, a nurse saw Ada have an "episode," (which I prayed that a nurse or doctor would witness it, by the way), and she confirmed that it was, indeed, a seizure.  Last night Ada had a cat scan, which came back normal (Praise the Lord), so now we are just trying to figure out what is causing the seizures (which Ada continued to have throughout the night).  Best case scenario is that Ada's low glucose and potassium levels are the cause (a result of the stomach virus), and the doctors and nurses suspect that Ada has rotavirus, so the yuckiness continues.  However, we are still praying that the low levels are the cause because once she is well and hydrated, the seizures should stop.  Of course, they have to rule out other causes, so...

we spent last night at the hospital, Ada is scheduled for an EEG today and possibly (hopefully not) an MRI.  Ada is still not drinking or eating much at all, but she is getting that wonderful IV.  My mom is here, and Scott just left to relieve poor Jessica who has our John.  Plus I am DYING to see John, so Scott is going to bring him here.  Later, mom will return to my house with John, as Scott and I wait to see what direction the doctors go next.

Ada has been a trooper as she endured much last night, but she is weary and asking to go home.  She also wants that IV OUT!!  I guess the main reason I even blog this is to ask that you join us in prayer.  We are praying for answers, hopefully easily solvable answers.  We are praying for strength and courage for Ada, and the same for us as we face the unknown (though I am really very, very hopeful that this will all be solved by some hydration).  Also pray that John will be a trooper as well.  (Praise the Lord, he slept well at Jessica's last night, and Jessica said that he has been playing happily today).

Anyway...I will keep everyone posted, and I will leave with a few pictures of the patient.

Ada last night, not happy about the situation AT ALL.  But a champ through it all, really!!!
Ada today, much more energetic and more herself.  I was relieved to see that after our scary night last night.
our goal for the day...really our goal is to figure out the why behind the seizures.
And just for fun because he's my stinker (thanks again, Jessica!!)

And that is what is going on with us.  Again, we really don't feel worried, just anxious to get to the bottom of it, but really, it all seems connected to the virus, and I think it will get cleared up!!

14 comments:

Amanda said...

Bless her heart. I know that was terrifying for you all! We will be praying for Ada and you too.

Lindsay said...

My word, you guys! Praying for wisdom and answers for the doctors, and peace and comfort for y'all and Ada. Please keep us posted!

Sara said...

Praying for you guys! Keep us posted!

Mary Ann said...

I emailed you, but just want to say, again, that I am praying for Ada, you and Scott and John, and Liz.

Love y'all!!!

The Noonan's said...

Praying for you dear friend! Let me know if there is anything I can do to help - I'm home all week.

Jessica said...

about cried when i saw her little picture...still praying...can't wait to hear the news she can go home and is back to full health. Love you guys!

Hank and Anna Uzzell said...

praying!

Katherine said...

I am and will continue to pray!

Margaret said...

She is so precious! Lifting little Ada up in prayer!

Laura Forman said...

Oh my...I can not believe how everything has turned around...I completely thought you guys were at home resting...oh, I am praying like crazy that Ada will be hydrated and you guys can head home seizure free!! Love you and still praying!

Carrie said...

Praying for Ada!Hope she is feeling better soon!

Deanna said...

Praying for all of you and little Ada!!

Nicole said...

LB I am so sorry you are going through this. I will for sure be praying for little Ada....and you and Scott.

Katie said...

You, Scott, and sweet Ada are in my prayers! Love y'all!