We ended up at the emergency room tonight. Mallory and I were hanging out on the recliner this afternoon. She woke up from dozing at about 4:30 and felt pretty hot again, so I pulled out my handy-dandy temporal thermometer and she scanned at 105.7!! I started stripping her clothes, stopped long enough to get some ibuprofen, called Matt (got voicemail) then called my mom. (Side note: I'm sure answering your cell phone at work to hear your daughter calling in tears is not a good thing....sorry 'bout that, Mom.) I put Mallory in the bathtub and was starting to run tepid water when I noticed her eyes were glazed and she was twitching. Seizure! It lasted less than a minute, but was the scariest thing I've experienced yet. Amidst a bunch of phone calls, I managed to get her temperature down under 104, Matt got home and we headed to the ER.
Now, in their defense, the ER was a pretty busy place tonight, however, I must say that I was not super impressed with the care Mallory received. Her fever was still 103.3 when we were admitted, so they gave her some more Tylenol. She had swabs for Influenza and RSV done as well as her electrolytes measured. Everything was negative / normal.
This seemed to reassure the doctor we saw, who then informed us that she had a febrile seizure (duh!), and that while scary, were usually not life-threatening and were not related to seizure disorders (like epilepsy) later. Unfortunately, once a child has a febrile seizure, it is more likely that they may have another with future fevers. That sucks.
The biggest issue we had with the visit, is that the doctor didn't seem very concerned that her fever made it up to 105+ in the first place. I mean, good grief, with a temp that high there has to be a reason. I don't even think they did a CBC or white blood cell count. Now, I'm well aware that this may be a case of having just enough information (veterinary experience) to be dangerous. However, if she is still running a fever in the morning, I'm going to take her in to see our family doctor to look for more answers.
Prayers are appreciated and I'll keep you posted!
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