A dreadful day

Just a quick note to thank all my visitors, mums and dads, who ever you are, you re not alone in this although sometimes it might feel like it. I am sorry for not writing in such a long time but i am a very busy full time mum 😉 However i am always keen to answer your e-mails so continue to write and i ll continue to answer 🙂

Cheers to USA, France, China, Canada, England, Switzerland, Portugal, Brasil and to you! Thank you for passing by.

This is the testimony of a friend who was kind enough to share it with us. I can t imagine a more frightful situation except for a catastrophic outcome which fortunately didn t occur. Her baby is fine and healthy, several tests were done (blood tests, urine, a brain CT scan and a MRI) and in her words miraculously all was good.

It is so important to be aware, to trust your gut feeling and to not be afraid to let the paediatrician/family doctor know even of the slightest, insignificant thing. Don t feel embarrassed to say absurd things because those can be key in determining what is really going on. Your baby is doing things like day dreaming a lot and doesn’t respond when you call his name and shake him? Do you hear strange, different noises through the baby monitor? Does he look confuse? Speak up and stay up to date, information is powerful. And that is why i feel it is so important to share this with you.

Mum testimony:

Can you imagine being at home, your husband just arrived, you re laying on the sofa finishing pumping milk to your baby, you hear a noise at the baby monitor, it s a different noise. You check on him, he s laying down apparently sleeping – he looks a little more absent than usual, in what seems to be a profound sleep – he must have had a dream you say to yourself ignoring that gut feeling you ve been having all day that says to you something is very wrong. Suddenly, he s screaming, crying. You rush towards him, he s crying hysterically, full lungs but doesn t seem able to move. You pick him up and he shuts down completely. His body his flat, his neck is flat, his eyes are closed like he is suddenly asleep again, you call him, you hug him, you shake him, nothing. It seems like he is unconscious. You start crying, yelling to your husband your baby can t move, won t move. Suddenly he wakes up again, crying, yelling, full lungs. Now his body is all tense from the neck down, it looks like he s paralysed from the neck down. You want to help but you don t know how. You re rushing to the car, you have him on your lap, you take off full speed knocking down garbage bins. It s heavily raining, your husband is calling 911 while driving full speed to the hospital. You re holding your baby who in between the crying, the yelling and the passing out continues to have his body tense, flat sometimes from the neck down, twists his arms like a deficient person would and rolls his eyes like a blind one. You re in panic, screaming, yelling, crying and the next thing you know you re in the hospital emergency room half naked with your baby in your arms surrounded by more than 10 nurses and doctors asking you what happened. You re in shock and can barely talk, you just cry and cry and whisper in your baby´s ear Mummy is here`.

This all happened to me a week ago, i didn t want to talk about it, i didn t want to write about it. But it was either doing that or entering a dark inner cave from which i don t know i could ever get out.

If this never happened to you, you re probably asking what happened. Your baby had a seizure they said to me.

I did a first aid course to be able to be prepared for emergencies and yet there was no way i could be prepared for this.

I am writing to make you aware it might be important to learn what a seizure is, how and why it happens, how you should deal with it and its cure. Please visit http://www.epilepsy.com.

If you have something you would like to say to this mum and all parents out there who might be reading this and who are struggling with similar situations, drop a line.

Kisses & cuddles,

Maria Monteiro

Author: Maria Monteiro

I am a first-time mother of an 18 months old outstanding boy who insists on not having any sort of fixed sleeping schedules. I am a researcher, writer, animal lover, philanthropist, chef, and full-time mum. Having had such a hard time myself with this new role my goal is for every mother to feel they have someone to talk to and to share thoughts, worries, events. From my heart to yours, here s how i dealt and continue to deal with this beautiful miracle called motherhood.

2 thoughts on “A dreadful day”

  1. Hi, just want to say this is very true and helpful. I had a similar situation a few years ago i was at a park and my daughter started to have a seizure and i had no idea what to do. She did not have anymore after that. One time i was able to help another mother in a shopping mole when her child had a seizure. The key is to stay calm and it will pass. Maria, this is a great blog and i would like to follow it, is there a way i can receive updates?


  2. Hello Maria, thank you for sharing. I am sure that mother at the shopping mall felt better having you to support her. You certainly can follow the blog: go to mothersbuddy.com and at the top right corner of the page you find `Follow Blog Via email`. Just enter your e-mail and click the`follow` button. Again, thank you for leaving a comment, i look forward to hearing more from you!


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