Thursday, January 10, 2013

Blue in the Face

Gretchen said she would give me some good topics to do some meaty posts.  This week she chose colors and I don't think she knew what she was getting herself into!  And honestly I didn't either but this topic couldn't have come at a better week.  (Well technically it could never have came and I would have been fine with it.)

Tuesday we picked Jacoby up from daycare.  It was like any other day.  When we got there his teacher told us that he had fallen face-first down a (baby)slide but that he hadn't acted like it bothered him.  He didn't cry and he just laughed.  I noticed a few scratches on his face but took it in stride.  He didn't seem bothered by it so I wasn't too concerned.  I took the boys over to my mom's to eat dinner and after we had eaten we moved to the living room.  Mom had put a few toys on the floor for Jacoby to play with and I sat him down.  He immediately started crying, which he sometimes does, but this time it was a little different. He took a big gulp and then didn't make any more noise while he was crying.  He'd done that before but then snapped out of it.  This time he didn't.  His face started to turn blue and by this time I was FREAKING out.  I snatched him up and threw my finger down his throat hoping he wasn't choking.  When that still didn't get him roused my mom took him and did the same thing.  At this point his head kind of flopped back and his eyes rolled back in his head.  Finally he came to.  I was shaking and my mom had her phone out ready to call 911.  He seemed dazed and pretty listless but after about 20 minutes he started acting semi-normal.  I went home with the boys and called our doctor to see if I should bring him in.  The nurse said some kids do that but if it would make me feel better I could bring him in.  Since he had already taken a bottle and was resting comfortably I decided he was ok and to let him be.

That night he woke up around 2:30 and would not go back to sleep.  This was very uncommon.  I was really starting to worry that something was wrong with him or that the fall had somehow caused him to start acting like a crazy person.  The hubby was already going to work a little late that day due to a dentist appointment so I requested he stay home with Jacoby and take him to the doctor to ease my worried mind.  So off I went to work while my boys stayed home.  He took him to the doctor and they did X-rays on his little head and did an exam to make sure all was well.  Thankfully he doesn't have a skull fracture but the doctor thought he might have a slight concussion (not sure how you determine this in baby's or why he couldn't definitively say whether he did or didn't but I digress).  He also said that some kids have what they call breath holding spells and that it could have been triggered by the fall or he could just be doing it to do it.  Let me tell you...after reading up on this litte charade that little kids pull I am not ok with it.  Also, I have read multiple articles saying this could last up until the child is 6!!  I couldn't even imagine.  Since Tuesday he has done it one other time where he has actually passed out and tonight he started to do it but finally came to before he actually passed out.  The doctor said that hopefully once the pain subsides from his little fall he will go back to just normal temper tantrums but from what I've read I'm not counting on it. 

One other thing I've read on multiple sites is that you can't give in to their whims of what they are trying to succeed by throwing the tantrum.  But honestly, I don't even want to do anything to make him cry.  He seems to be crying most when we are setting him down or when we put him to bed.  I'm not really sure what is going on with him but I'm not ok with it.  I told my co-worker and my mom that I'm going to have to start drinking heavily to be ok with my little guy passing out. 

So...blue has been on my mind (and Jacoby's face) since Tuesday.  I've been researching, and learning CPR.  I've been anguishing over this and praying and still my mind has not been eased.  So if you could think happy thoughts that this too shall pass quickly I would appreciate it!

4 comments:

VandyJ said...

My younger brother would do this when he was a baby/little kid. It was all temper with him. When he was 9 or 10 he started subconsciously doing it again--due to stress. Fun times.

gretchen said...

Oh my God! I would have freaked out. I am absolutely sending good thoughts your way. I suspect that given a little time, it will get better. But you're smart to arm yourself with a solid knowledge of CPR! BTW, I love that this is your spin on color!

You are linked!!

Ginny Marie said...

I would have definitely freaked out, too! It sounds like you have things under control, though. My little girl would pull her hair out and was getting bald spots. The doctor didn't seem to be concerned, and she's grown out of it and has a full head of hair now. The things our kids put us through!

Janice Adcock said...

On the list for prayers!