Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Seizure + Urinary Infection = NO fun!

Well, quick post here.  I've been trying for a few days now to organize my thoughts to share more about our trip.  But today we took a detour instead to the hospital.  Arsema woke this afternoon from her nap with a seizure.  Since I knew her birthmother had some of these episodes it definitely caused concern.  My mind raced a hundred directions.  She couldn't cry, she just looked through me with those eyes of hers and shook.  Long story short, we made some calls and made the hour trek to the Urgent Care.  We received loving and compassionate care by every staff member (this is truly a miracle - some of our friends might even chuckle as they know all too well my past experiences with some of this staff! - Ha!).  FYI, we ended up traveling "Ethiopian style" .... babe on my lap in the back of the van as she was just limp and lifeless and at times would wake throwing up.  She acquired a fever .... We ruled out ears, etc. and the doctor said we maybe should do a culture to see about urinary infection.  Sure enough, it came back significantly elevated.  So THIS is why my girly has been a bit whiney the last couple days.  

We got our follow up X-ray taken care of for her previous TB as well.  Yeah, one more thing marked off the list.  

Sorry for the rambling post, but I wanted to just put a word of encouragement out there for our fellow Gladney families in waiting.  Friends .... the staff at Gladney love these children SO very much!  We had put a call in quick to the staff in TX, as I really hoped they could phone Belay and double-check her history, as I did not think there was any history of this, but knew there was with her birthmother.  Sure enough, they quickly phoned him and called us back soon after (it was nearly 11 pm his time!).  Our caseworker was out, but it didn't matter, Jessica took over for us and was so full of compassion and support.  I know how difficult the wait can be.  You feel sometimes forgotten as you wait and wait not knowing the details of what's going on behind the scenes.  Rest assured though that this staff CARES!  Even once you get home!  We are even more grateful for all they do.

So now we're home with an antibiotic and instructions of what to do and watch for about any further seizures.  All I could think of on the long way to the hospital was thank goodness this didn't happen while on one of those LONG flights!  We'd appreciate your prayers for our sweetie while she fights off this infection.  

I promise more photos and more posts about our trip soon!!!


Eric & Tara said...

Oh my goodness! We will definitely be praying for that precious girl! Poor little dear!

Kimberly Baggett said...

wow! you have had a rough day! i am so sorry you had to go through such a scary time with arsema. i am so glad she is better and i will be praying for her complete recovery with no more episodes of seisures! the Lord is faithful! so glad you are home!

solas4me said...

Praying for you guys. How frightening it must have been for you all. But we know that the great physician can heal all things, according to his good will.

"A Darling Life"

ashley said...

Shelly, your family is in my prayers. I am sooo glad this happened when it did and not while in travel. So scary!

the albertsons said...

Shelly! Oh my gosh! I'm just so sad that you all had to go through that. Thank God for doctors and medicine. We'll be praying for quick healing of the body AND for God to lift the burdens of fear and worry from you, if those creep in.
We love you!!!

Melissa said...

I was shocked to read this....You are in our thoughts and prayers!! If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.

Thinking of you,

Jared and Amy said...

We will be keeping your family in our prayers!!!

Kristy -Mom to 4 and soon to be more! said...

I've been praying.....epecially praying that it was the last seizure that you will have to deal with!

Eileen and Jerry Mestas said...

I am so sorry she is going through this as are all of you. You are in my prayers. We can relate as we also wound up in the hospital the day after we got home. Thank God for his miraculous provision with these precious children!! Blessings to all of you Sista!

In His Timing & Care, Eileen