Thursday, November 24, 2016

Being thankful for today, a Little Buddy story...............


Today I have so much to be thankful for.  So much that makes my life full.  Family, friendship from all of you but especially one little boy who has given us quite a scare.

My husband went to wake Little Buddy up on Tuesday to find him, in what we would later learn to be a massive seizure.  My husband, I am not sure how, did what he was supposed to do, swept his mouth for an object, tried to get the potential object  dislodged, and called 911.  He ran my boy out to the ambulance before they had time to stop.  They rushed him to the hospital with my husband in a panic driving behind.  I was far away at work when I got the call.  Let me tell you that 40 minute drive was done in record time, all speeding laws broken and thankfully I was still aware to drive safely.

I arrived to see my boy hooked up to everything imaginable and completely unconscious.  They had stabilized him, given him x-rays, a CAT scan and blood tests.  When another critical care ambulance became available they transferred us to the Children's Hospital.  His medical foster father met us in the ambulance bay, he used to work at the hospital so had the whole team on high alert.  More and more tests were given, more and more doctors were talked to, and finally it was determined his shunt was not the issue.  At this point we still do not know what the exact issue is.  He finally roused at about 5:30 in the evening.  His little body had been through so much, a massive, massive seizure that lasted hours, medications that make you drowsy, tests. and more tests.

We spent a very restless night in the hospital with Little Buddy's head wrapped in an EEG, he looked a bit like a mummy.  Neither of us got any sleep.  We were finally allowed to come home late, late in the afternoon when my little one finally fell asleep in his own bed for several hours.  And last night, and for many nights to come he will be sleeping in my room.  As the seizure occurred while sleeping he can't be trusted for a while.

He is now on medication, we have many appointments to attend to try to find out why this happened.  But for now I am going to just be thankful that my little one is home and regaining his funny personality, his strength and his sense of humor.  For me, I slept like a rock last night but it is hitting me today.  I am good in a crisis, you won't meet anyone better at keeping a level head, but once it is over watch out.  That is when I fall apart.  Today will be about resting, knitting, enjoying that all of my boys are home.  Eating a wonderful dinner surrounded by people I love.  Wishing other family members were here with us.  Being thankful for all of those people in Little One's life that drop everything to be there for him, his aunts and uncle near and far, and his medical foster family they love him so much.  My sister who put the word out on her blog so those of you who pray could send a prayer to Little Buddy, and who stayed near the phone for two days just in case I got the chance to check in.  Our neighbors and of course our family.   Mr.19 arrived home, fed Max and drove down to the hospital to see his brother.  Mr.23 got home as scheduled last night and picked up his smelly, sticky, tired brother and hugged the stuffing out of him.  Celebrating all that I have and that includes all of you.  Happy Thanksgiving.

55 comments:

FB said...

I read about your son on your sister's blog and have been hoping and praying since then that all is well. I am so pleased for you all that he is home again and that you are together as a family for thanksgiving. Sending best wishes to you all. Fiona x

kristieinbc said...

Oh Meredith, I'm sitting here crying. Partly because I am so relieved he is home and recovering, and partly because I know that fear of having a child be very, very sick and not being sure what is wrong. This will be a Thanksgiving you won't soon forget, with all of your boys, the big ones and the little on, gathered around your table. Hugs to you my friend...

mamasmercantile said...

Oh my goodness, what an ordeal. Sending hugs and know that you will all be in my prayers.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Meredith I am so thankful that Little Buddy is home and doing well. Continued prayers for this precious child. Claudia kept me updated and I had all of you in my heart. Enjoy your day and rest some. Big Hugs.

Lorrie said...

Hugs to you, Meredith. I read Claudia's post yesterday and held Little Z in my prayers as I went about my day. I teach in a private school, and our morning class also prayed for your boy. I'm so thankful to God that he is home and surrounded by his wonderful family.
The adrenalin rush during a crisis enables us to keep going, and once things settle down there is a huge letdown. Be kind to yourself, and find solace in being with your family. Happy Thanksgiving!

kathy b said...

So thankful you had some rest last night and LIL Buddy is not seizing at home. So thankful his daddy did all the right things. So thankful to know I'm not alone with the post crises fall apart! You are loved and admired dear MERE. Hugs to you all.

Babajeza said...

So good that you and little Buddy are home. I wish you a wonderful evening with the family. Hugs, Regula

Chris said...

Oh my goodness....I feel so bad for all of you - such a terrible scare and the feeling of powerlessness is awful. I'm happy to hear you are all at home and can take joy and strength from each other. It will be a different type of Thanksgiving that's for sure. Take advantage of the extra hands and help and try to rest and calm your mind. Prayers and hugs to all of you.

Claudia said...

Love you. Love all of you. Grateful beyond words that Z is home and in the bosom of his family.

Starting to cry now, must sign off.

xoxo
Claudia

Gracie Saylor said...

Thank you for letting us know what has been happening, Meredith. I am so thankful that Little Buddy is making a strong recovery and that you are with many of your loved ones. You and yours are regularly in my thoughts with love and I pray that you will get the rest you need as you enjoy life together. This post has given me so many reasons to be thankful today! xx

Jennifer Hays said...

I'm sorry to hear about this scary experience, Meredith. I'm glad you're back home now and I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you have some answers soon. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

linda said...

What a shock and a traumatic time you have all had, thank God Little Buddy is recovering well, my heart and love goes out to you all. Have a great Thanksgiving. xxx

Jo said...

What a shock for you all. It does help to have family and friends you can depend on in times of trouble and you've got the best. Sending you all lots of hugs and hoping you can all enjoy Thanksgiving xx

Christina said...

What a frightening day Meredith. I am just relieved that Little Buddy is home now with you all and recovering. He is in the best of hands. I am wishing you a peaceful and restful Thanksgiving weekend. Hugs to you all. xx

Teresa Kasner said...

Your husband is the hero of the day for acting so swiftly. I'm so glad Little Buddy is regaining his strength and sense of humor! I'm also so happy that your big boys are there with you.. have a wonderful day with your loved ones around you. You know Dayle and I send our love. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Kris said...

So upset to hear this Meredith. I will by praying for your little man. I hope all returns to normal again very soon.
xo Kris

busybusybeejay said...

OH. My goodness me.Poor little Buddy.What a fright for all of you.Give him a hug from me.What do you mean by his "medical foster family"?

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

AnnieOBTextiles said...

Thank goodness Little Buddy is home and safe with you all and I hope he regains his strength as quickly as possible. It must have been a terrible time for all of you and I hope the next few days bring you peace, strength and joy sharing family time together. Sending all good wishes, Axx

CJ said...

Oh Meredith, I am so sorry you have all been through that, it must have been horrific. Your husband sounds like a star, good in a crisis as well I think. I am so very glad your little man is home now, the very best place for resting and recuperating. I am so glad that your big boys are there with you all too. They always sound like the very best of brothers. I'm sending my very best wishes to sweet Little Buddy, and to you too. Big hugs from your friend on the other side of the pond. CJ xx

Pam said...

I am so pleased that Little Buddy is back home where he belongs. It is never easy to watch your child suffer, while you wish to trade places with them. I send you hugs and my best wishes. xx

Bridget said...

Claudia told us what had happened, and gathered the troops. I'm so happy that Little Buddy is home and recovering. You couldn't ask for a better Thanksgiving.

Best of days to you and yours, Meredith. Keep us posted. (And give Max a kiss from me, too.)

Maureen said...

So glad to hear that Little Buddy is home. How awful this week has been for all of you! Many hugs, and hopes that things continue to improve.
Maureen

Una said...

That was definitely scary. I'm really pleased to hear he is back home with everyone who loves him.

Mac n' Janet said...

You have all my prayers.What a horrible experience for Buddy and all of you,

Judy S. said...

Thinking of you and sending thankful hugs!

Dee said...

Little Buddy will be in our prayers for healing and prayers for the doctors that treat him. I'll pray that they have wisdom and knowledge to set things right for one special little boy.

Araignee said...

Oh, good golly!!!! What a time you had. Big hugs to you and Buddy.

Vera said...

So thankful Little Buddy is home...and all your boys are there. Blessings to you and yours Mere.

Becky L. said...

I'm sorry to read of Buddy's ordeal. I'm thankful he nade it through the ordeal and is home with you and his family. Thankful for your husband's quick action and God's protection in the travels. Hugs to all of you and praying for Buddy's health to return and be stabilized. And for peace and rest.

Teresa Hennes said...

Thank God your husband got there in time and knew what to do! I saw this on Claudia's blog. Poor little guy. I hope he continues to do well and this will be the end of the seizers! What a scary, scary thing to have happened! I bet you are happy with all your boys at home. We will continue to pray for you, Little Buddy and the rest of your family.

Lisa N. said...

I am glad Buddy is Okay now and hopefully you find the reason soon. It is so nice there were so many people supporting you and Buddy during that horrible time. I am happy to hear that you are all back together for Thanksgiving at home!
Lisa

Hindustanka said...

HI Meredith, I am so sorry you had to go through such challenge and I am glad that Little Buddy is fine and safe with you now! Oh how much we care and fear for our children...I can understand you so well!

Please take care and I am wishing all the very best to you and your family!!!
Hugs!
Anna
Happy Thanksgiving!

Jodiebodie said...

How awful to have a scare like that. I hope LB will not fall too far back from this incident after all the progress he's been making. He is lucky to have you and your family for all the love and care you give him and the sensibility to cope in a crisis. Are you able to just stay home all weekend and take it quietly or do you often have social engagements outside of your immediate household at this time of year? We don't have a thanksgiving holiday in Australia.

Wishing you a speedy recovery as much as LB! What a shock. Take it easy and enjoy some quiet family time. Hugs xxxxx

Jill at emeraldcottage said...

Oh my God Meredith, such a massive massive scare for all of you, I can't imagine what that must have been like, to go through all that. Hope they can give you some answers and hope LB is doing okay now. Don't forget to take care of you too.
Jillxx

Amy at love made my home said...

Oh Meredith everything in me ran cold as I read this. I will be praying, sending good thoughts and most of all great great love to you all across the airwaves. I am glad to hear that Buddy is home and that you have your great support network around you to love and care and support you all. Hopefully they will find the source of the problem or that there is no long term problem - even better - and that all will be well, and whatever the outcome, I for one will be here loving and caring and supporting any time you need it. Like you, in a crisis call on me. When it is all done, put me to bed and leave me to cry for a few hours (weeks). So go and hide away if you need for a few days and come to terms with it and get some sleep if you can and most of all get all of your dear men to give you a big hug and give Buddy a big hug from me! Love to you so very much. xx

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Oh no, Meredith, I can just imagine how scared you all were. Thank goodness he was able to come home so soon. I do hope that all those tests will help the doctors to figure out what caused the seizure in the first place. Hugs and blessings, Tammy

NYC said...

I had goosebumps as I was reading. Truly a story of being thankful. You have a beautiful incredible family, and unbelievable strength of your own!! Love from NY

Karen said...

Holding you all in prayer. I can relate to handling emergencies well and then the meltdown that follows. Take good care of yourself, Meredith. xo

Nance said...

Meredith, I am so sorry. It's all so very unfair. I will be thinking of you and your family and hoping for the very, very best.

bittenbyknittin said...

My family has "issues" (whose family does not) but they pale in comparison to what you went through. I hope the problem is solved in short order. Glad you have loving support, online and off. Holding you in my thoughts.

Debbie said...

So glad that he is now home! Prayers offered for his continued recovery, for his physicians, & for you & his family.

Janet said...

Meredith, I'm sitting here, with tears in my eyes. I'm glad that Little Buddy is now back home with all his family. What a terrible ordeal for you all. Thinking of you and sending as much love as I possibly can. XXX

Lisa said...

Meredith, I'm so sorry you and your family have had to go through such a scare. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I'm glad Little buddy is home. Wishing you an easy peaceful weekend.

Melanie said...

This post left my heart absolutely aching for Little Buddy...and for you and your family. I read about LB on Claudia's blog, but now reading all the details just makes me tear up. That poor little boy and what he went through. I am so sorry. I will continue to keep all of you in my prayers. Sending you love and hugs, too. God bless you all.

Toni said...

Oh my goodness, Meredith! How frightening!!!! I wish I lived close enough to just give you a great big hug.

alexandra s.m. said...

OH Meredith...where to begin?
I'm relieved to read that Little Buddy is okay but what an horrible scare indeed.
This month of November will go down as a pretty horrible one that's for sure.
I'm glad you are wise enough to find comfort in the love around you.
I can relate to what you aid about being good when an emergency takes place and then feeling its effect afterwards. Take it easy my Friend (much easier said than done!) I'm sending you a big hug!!
xx

The Well Fed Wheel said...

Oh my goodness! How scary! I'm so glad it all turned out ok and he's back home and feeling better. I know how scary seizures are as our little Pomeranian Levi suffers from them. We have had so many tests run and no one seams to know what is causing them. It's a constant battle trying to keep them under control. Lot's of meds to manage 24-7. It's scary enough with a pet, I can only imagine how scary it was with your precous Little Buddy. My heart goes out to you all. Please give him a big hug for me.

Elizabeth said...

Good luck to your whole family as you go through the worry and medical tests to find out what caused the seizure hope it all comes out as a one off with no lasting effects just know we are all praying for you all

Faith said...

So relieved for you that Little Buddy is home again, what a horrible time he and you all have had. Enjoy your boys around you, as I'm sure you will and take care.x

Angela Bellamy said...

I just want to send you and your family all the good thoughts and love that I can,

Sharron said...

Dearest Meredith, Such an awfully traumatic event for all concerned. So grateful Little B has got you and the rest of your amazing family to rely upon. Will be thinking of you, and hoping your boy goes from strength to strength. Be kind to yourself too xxx

Crafty in the Med said...

So very sorry for you and your family! What an this awful scare! Certainly extremely glad to hear Little Buddy is at home now. Hope he gets better very very soon.

Fondest regards

Amanda xx

Sandra said...

Prayers, love, concern....

gigi knits said...

Prayers and love for Little Buddy !!

Joyful said...

My word, Meredith! How scary. I'm late to the news but I am reading your report with heart in my mouth. Little Buddy certainly went through the ringer, and all those that love him too. I'm glad your husband was there to catch things in time and that there are so many who love and care for Buddy. You truly had a reason to celebrate Thanksgiving this year (little Buddy's recovery). Big hugs to all of you. xx