Sunday, April 20, 2008

Bittersweet day

Saturday morning, the day of the big birthday party, Rebecca had a seizure (to our knowledge, her first). That was the scariest thing that Billy and I have had to endure as parents, so far. My mom came over to stay with the other kids while we took her to the Pediatric ER. Her brain CT and electrolytes were normal, so she was discharged to follow up with a pediatric neurologist. She was so lethargic and nauseated after the seizure for several hours. On the way home, after she chugged down a Sprite, we stopped to pick up the birthday cake. She vomited on herself and Billy's truck seat while Billy was in the store. (Since I just remembered that little detail, I just told Billy to go and check on that because we didn't have time to clean the upholstery after we got home Saturday. Yuck! I bet it is stinking by now!) The neurologist called us at home soon after we got back and scheduled a visit and an EEG for Monday. She will also have to have an MRI, but I'm not sure yet when that will be scheduled. We just pray, pray, pray that all will be O.K.! My mind keeps going through all the worst-case scenarios! It's after 9:30 pm now and she is still up. We're keeping her up late because her brain is supposed to be irritable for the EEG. With my hormones and her sleep deprivation, we should be a pair tomorrow! (I have my wonderful SIL to babysit my other three kiddos.)

She started feeling much better and was able to eat a late lunch. She was then back to her old self just in time for the party! Including us, there were 77 people in attendance. There were kids everywhere! We had family, friends from our old church, friends (and parents) from Rebecca's Sunday school class, and friends from our FCC group. Rebecca was soaking up every moment; she loved all the attention! It was so awesome to watch her experience her very first birthday party ever, and she carried herself through it like an old pro!

She got so many sweet gifts and her eyes lit up at every one of them. She has had a busy day today trying to get in play time with all of them. Between services today, she clomped around in some fancy dress-up heels and a tiara all afternoon. I think there are now batteries in all the new electronic devices. I don't know which is harder-- getting all the batteries installed, or just opening all those crazy boxes where each individual piece is impossibly attached by wires that no scissors can cut.

It took her 3-4 blows, but they all finally went out!


The moment she's waited for all day!

A new sleeping bag from Mema & Granddaddy


Green, Party of Four said...

We had an awesome time at Rebecca's birthday party. It was so much fun and Lily was talking about it again on Sunday.
We pray that everything goes well on Monday (today). I know you are worried. Remember though...God will get you thru this. Please let me know if you need anything. We are here for you.

All our love and prayers
Green Party of Four

The Princess's Mommy said...

You will in our thoughts and prayers today. I hope all goes well. I hate we missed the party. Looks like a great time was had by all. The smile on Rebecca's face says it all!!

Barley Adoption said...

Love the new haircut...I am glad she had a great day. We will be praying for you and Rebecca.


Deanna said...

I can't believe there were 77!! It felt a little crowded but not that crowded! My kids had a blast! You have a great space for parties out there! Hope to see you guys again soon and will be praying for Rebecca.

The Ferrill's said...

Praying praying praying!
I'm glad she got to enjoy her party. Bless her little heart. Please give an update when you can!

Doug & Melody Kemp said...

Looks like ya'll had a great time!
Wish we could of been there. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Doug & Melody & ZOEY