Saturday, December 20, 2008

20 de Diciembre / December 20

El viernes, 20 de diciembre de 2007 vivimos nuestra peor pesadilla como padres. Todo comenzó a las 6:00 a.m. cuando Paola despertó llorando y temblando. Tan pronto le cogimos la temperatura nos dimos cuenta que tenía una fiebre bien alta. Inmediatamente le dimos medicamento y llamamos al pediatra, si a las 6:10 a.m. Por suerte el Dr. contestó su celular y nos indicó que debíamos hacer. También nos dijo que lo mantuviéramos informado sobre el estado de la fiebre.

Cabe recordar que días antes habíamos perdido nuestro automóvil en un accidente así que de necesitar ir a la oficina del pediatra tendría que esperar a que mi mamá terminara de trabajar a las 3:00 p.m. para que me llevara. Cerca del mediodía Sofia comenzó a tener fiebre también pero no tan alta pero, le dí medicamento y comencé a preparar todo para cuando mi mamá saliera de su trabajo me llevara a la oficina del pediatra que dicho sea de paso, es en otro pueblo, alrededor de 30 minutos de distancia de mi casa.

Al llegar a la oficina pues le digo al pediatra como seguía Paola pero, que quiero que revisen a Sofia también. Al revisar a Paola no tenía fiebre y no presentaba ningún problema pero, aún así le envió a hacer unos análisis de laboratorio por si había algún virus. Le toca el turno a Sofia y sorpresa, tenía una fiebre alta y le dan inmediatamente medicamento y le ponen un supositorio. Al salir de la oficina del pediatra yo estaba más tranquila puesto que todo era cuestión de controlar la fiebre y darles el antibiótico.

Mi hermana le había prestado su carro a Pablo ya que ella estaría en su fiesta de Navidad y no lo necesitaría. Al llegar con mi mamá a su casa él también estaba llegando por lo que decidimos dejar las niñas con mi mamá para ir a la farmacia, en este momento ambas niñas están estables con la fiebre. Decidimos ir a Walgreens y la joven que nos atendió nos indicó que se tardarían dos horas para despacharnos la receta por que tenían muchas y aún así nosotros decidimos dejarla (si ya sé cometimos un error por que pudimos haber buscado otra farmacia) y nos fuimos a casa de mi mamá. A las dos horas salimos a buscar el medicamento pero, antes de irnos le dimos panadol para la fiebre. Cuando regresamos a la casa mis padres no estaban y nos preguntamos a donde pudieron haber con 4 niños y tres de ellos usaban asientos protectores. Al entrar encontramos que la puerta estaba abierta, todas las luces encendidas y los celulares de ellos estaban en la casa por lo que pensamos lo peor. De repente, entra una llamada rara al celular de mi hermana y era mi papá notoficando que estaban en el hospital por que Sofia tenía convulsiones a consecuencia de la fiebre. En ese momento el mundo se derrumbó y pensé que había perdido a mi bebé. Fue horrible pero, al llegar al hospital la niña ya había reaccionado y estaba estable. Esa noche estuvimos en dos hospitales diferentes para hacerle diferentes exámenes a Sofia y regresamos a nuestra casa casi a las 4:00 de la madrugada. Mi mamá nos cuenta que Sofia se desvaneció en sus brazos y no reaccionaba y que mi sobrina que en aquel momento tenía 8 años iba rezando por el camino hacia el hospital.

Gracias a Dios, Sofia no sufrió daños con las convulsiones y por eso cada vez que se enferman salimos corriendo hacia la oficina del pediatra. Prefiero sentir que exagero y no tener que vivir otra experiencia como esa. Además aprendí que cuando les da fiebre debo bañarlas con el agua fría y luego con unas toallas pequeñas que esten mojadas con agua fría pasarselas por los pies y la parte de átras del cuello. También que le coloque un supositorio y le dé Advil. Así que eso hacemos ahora.

Annie

On friday, December 20th, 2007 we lived our worse nightmare as parents. All began at 6:00 a.m. when Paola started crying and trembling. We checked her temperature and found that she had a very high fever. We immediately gave her medicine and called the pediatrician, yes at 6:10 a.m. Luckily the doctor answered his celland indicated us that we should do. He also told us that we should keep him reported on the state of the fever.

A few days before we had a car accident, so we had no car at the time. To go to the pediatrician's office we had to wait until my mom came back from work at 3:00 p.m. so she could take us there. At noon Sofia showed some signs of fever too, I gave her medicine and waited for my mom to take us to the pediatrician that, by the way, it is in another town, around 30 minutes of distance from my house.

Upon arriving at the office, the pediatrician saw Paola and I asked him to check Sofia too. When he saw Paola, she had fever and there was no serious problem present but, still he sent us to have her son laboratory tests to find if it was some virus. On Sofia's turn he realized she had a high fever and gave her medicine immediately and put her a suppository. When we left the doctor's office I was more tranquil since all was left was tocontrol the fever and give them antibiotic.

My sister lent her car to Pablo since she had a Christmas party that day. When we arrived to my mom's house he was also arriving so we decide to leave the girls with my mom to go to the pharmacy, at this time both girls are stable with the fever. We decide to go to Walgreens and the young woman that attended us told us that the prescription would delay two hours because they had many and even so we decide to leave it (nowI know we made a mistake because we could have sought another pharmacy) and we went back to my mom's house. Two hours later we left to pick the medicine but, before leaving we gave them panadol for the fever. When we came back we found out they were not there and we ask ourselves where they could have gone with 4 children and three of them used protective seats. We found that the door was open, all the lights were on and forgot their cell phones , at this moment eo thought the worse thing. Suddenly my sister recieved a unknown phone call at her cell, it was my dad, he informed her that they had to rush to the hospital because Sofia had convulsions in consequence of the fever. Just then my world collapsed and thought that we had lost our baby. Was horrible but, upon arriving at the hospital the girl had already reacted and stable. That night we went to two hospitals with Sofia and we came back home at 4:00 a.m. My mom told us that Sofia fainted on her arms and did not react and that my niece, who was 8 years old then, was praying all the way to the hospital.

Thanks God, Sofia did not suffer damages with those convulsions and therefore each time they get sick we run to the pediatrician. I prefer to feel that I exaggerate and not to have to live another experience like that. Besides I learned that when there's a fever I should bathe them with cold water and put some cold small wet towels on feet and on the back of the neck. We also have suppositories and Advil all the time. So that we do now.

Annie




4 comments:

Souza Sisters said...

Oh gosh Annie you must of been out of your mind with worry!! I am so glad that your girls are ok. I hope the rest of the week goes smoothly for you... Merry Christmas!

The Myers Family said...

OH NO ANNIE! I'm just getting back into the swing of things and see your post. Poor baby..i hope she is better now. What a nightmare..and soo scary. I've heard all sorts of ways to keep a fever down..cool wash clothes are really nice. NOW the make these neat things in the US that you pop and stick to their heads to keep them cool..i have used one and it seemed to work pretty good. We always keep tylenol and motrin on hand too. You can give those meds rotating out every two hours b/c they aren't the same thing. I've done that to break a fever before. NOW, if she breaks out in a red rash a few days down the road..don't freak out..that just means she did have a virus. Sam had that when she was young..high fever and then rash...i had no idea what was wrong so i took her back to the dr. to find out it was a virus. I'll be praying for you and your family..and hoping for a speedy recovery!
Brenda

tbonegrl said...

Oh no!!! I am so sorry to hear this! Jack had a fever of 104 for 5 days and we were so sacred of this same thing! I am praying with everything for your family and hope that all is OK with you guys!

Kellie - Mother Of Twins said...

What a scare! It is so hard having twins sick at the same time. I am glad all turned out okay and, from one mother of twins to another, I thank you for sharing.