Where is Shamus

 By Heather Oct 13, 2006 14 comments

In case any of you are wondering where my husband has gone, he is at the hospital right now, staying over the second night to be with our daughter. She was rushed to the local hospital Wednesday night and then taken to the Children’s Hopital. I stayed the first night and he stayed last night and tonight.

If you are interested here is what is going on so far.

She was taken to the hospital due to a possible seizure. They are currently trying to solve two separate problems.

Earlier today:
1. She has a headache, a sore throat, a high fever and is vomiting. They are trying many things to find out what is causing it. She is sleeping or groggy most of the time. She is not eating or drinking. She is on IVs for fluids as well as most medicine. They have done a spinal tap, a viral culture, a CT, and many blood tests. So far everything is coming up negative. There are several tests we are waiting on.

2. The seizure. After discussing her past behaviors we have realized that she has had small staring (not grande mal) seizures in the past meaning that she has a mild tendency towards seizures and that the fever lowers her threshold causing larger ones. The neurologist is considering her dyslexia/dysgraphia, Migraines, and known sleep disorder to be related to the seizures. This morning she had an EEG to see if they can detect the seizure. After she is healthy she will be going to the sleep clinic to get some tests in regard to the sleep disorder. They are hoping by dealing with that that the migraines and seizures will diminish. They are considering putting her on something that will prevent both the migraines and the seizures. They are watching her to see if she has another seizure while she is at the hospital.

Now: The fever had diminished though it still might spike. She was up and about and not groggy. When I left the hopital she was doing much better but they were still doing tests trying to find the root. Shamus is enjoying having some much needed time with his eldest daughter. He will be back as soon as she gets home or I take a turn at the hospital (though I think right now she prefers him.)

- Heather

1414 comments. (Fourteen is the sum of the first three squares.)


  1. JT says:

    Sorry to hear about the problems with your daughter. I hope everything turns out okay. Keep the faith,

    JT

  2. Acksiom says:

    Please accept my sympathy towards you and Shamus and your family. I’ve been my father’s sole caregiver for almost 11 years straight now, following his release from constant care after his stroke and cranial surgeries. He’s had a couple of seizures since then and they never fail to terrify me. So I have at least a little idea what it’s like.

    I too hope it’s nothing serious and that everybody comes home safe and sound. Good luck.

  3. bkw says:

    Oh no. :( I hope your daughter makes a full and speedy recovery.

  4. When you described the symptoms, my immediate reaction was “meningitis”, but from the tests it’s clear they looked for that and didn’t find it. Whew!

    Shamus, your daughter is more important than we are. We’ll wait. And very, very good news that she seems to be recovering!

  5. Crusader Corim says:

    My prayers are with your family. All the best.

  6. Gothmog says:

    Hang in there man. We’re praying for you and yours.

  7. Bogan says:

    I’m sorry. I hope she gets better quick.

  8. Mark says:

    Sorry to hear that. I hope and pray for a speedy recovery!

  9. Cineris says:

    Yikes. Hope everything turns out well.

  10. Don says:

    I hope your daughter has a speedy and complete recovery.

  11. HC says:

    Take care. I’ll pray.

  12. Wonderduck says:

    Holy crepe! I’m incredibly sorry this has happened, but also incredibly glad that a) everything seems to be headed the right way, and 2) they seem to have the first steps towards some sort of handle on how to deal with it in the future.

    Obviously she comes first, but if you have a spare minute (I’ve spent too much time in hospitals the past year to know it won’t be much more than a minute!), keep us updated if you can.

    Remember: we’re here if you need us.

  13. greywulf says:

    Best of wishes and prayers for you all.

    Robin.

  14. Will says:

    Wow… Hoping for the best.

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