We had a bit of a scare on Friday afternoon with little Miss Riely. The school called me saying she'd been feeling really hot in class so her teacher sent her to the nurse's office. When she arrived, she was having trouble speaking (couldn't tell them her last name) and had a noticeable droop to the right side of her face. Needless to say, when I got this phone call in the checkout lane at Target, I might have totally lost it and then broken several speeding records to get to the school.
By the time I arrived, she'd pretty much returned to normal and could speak fine, but we headed straight to Children's Hospital to have her checked out. She passed all the initial neurological exams, wasn't running a fever, and tested negative for strep (a test I think they just threw in because no one was really sure what the hell was going on!) After consulting with a neurologist, they ordered an MRI just to be on the safe side. With the next hour, my baby got her first IV, first experience with an MRI, and I had the first of many mini heart attacks waiting to hear the results of it all.
Many whispered prayers and thankful tears later, we got word that everything looked totally normal. We're not sure exactly what caused the whole episode, but doctors are thinking it might have been an atypical migraine, which both Mike and I have. She later admitted to being a bit worried about the talent show she was dancing in Friday night (an event we ended up missing in all the hospital chaos) so it's possible that is just how her little body reacted to that stress.
At any rate, I have spent the past few days being very, very grateful that she is okay, smothering her with lots of hugs, and secretly examining her every expression, phrase, and action looking for a sign that something might be wrong. I know these are the same motions that any mom does every day, but the past few days I've done it with a renewed sense of faith, patience and gratitude.
I'll leave you with this page about my sweet girl. And the realization that I am blessed for every moment I am given with her.
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Give all your "special someones" a big hug today, okay?!