Thursday, May 13, 2010

Never Been So Scared, or So Thankful

Some of you may know, or be wondering, what happened yesterday with Josh. I love a good story and I love to tell them, especially about my babies, but I'm not sure I will be so good about telling this one, I may skip parts just because I don't want to remember it.

Yesterday morning, Josh was normal, running around causing trouble. He was a little clingy, but I didn't really notice it. He was really tired and went down for his nap early, and didn't sleep long. I thought it was because he was used to being spoiled a little because Tyson's parents are here, I didn't think much of it. He wanted to be held and was acting really tired, and Mom Cooper said she thought he felt a little warm. "Oh that is normal for him when he is sleepy," I thought, so I just held him and he fell asleep in my lap. That was new, he never snuggles or holds still for anything, it was really cute.

But then he just kept getting warmer and he would wake up on and off and just lay there. I kept thinking, I should give him some Tylenol or something, but I didn't, I kept thinking "I'll get up in a minute." A thunder storm rolled in bringing Tyson and his Dad inside and we were all sitting in the front room talking I think. Then Josh started shaking and I remember saying "um, guys," then he really started convulsing and Tyson jumped up and put his fingers in Josh's mouth to keep his tongue away from the back of his throat. I was so scared, I just kept thinking "my baby, my baby, stop, stop, please don't die, please don't die."

Maybe to other people, seizures are more normal and aren't as scary, I have never seen one and never want to see one again, especially from a little child, MY little child. Needless to say, that was the most terrifying moment of my life. When he stopped shaking, I picked him up and put him on my lap and forced myself to calm down and talk to him. I told him he was going to be okay, and he calmed down a little at my voice. Tyson and Dad Cooper gave him a blessing and then they called 911.

I was thinking of writing the whole story, but I don't think that is the important part, what is important is what I learned, and am learning. Josh is really sensitive to fevers and so we have to keep his temperature low or he is at risk of having a seizure again. If he does have a seizure again, you don't stick anything in his mouth, you just roll him onto his side so if there is any drool he won't choke on it, and then just wait it out. However, I really hope I don't have to ever worry about a repeat of this. Tyson and I slept on the floor in Josh's bedroom last night, I think we just wanted to be as close to the little guy as we could. Plus, I was scared his temp would spike again in his sleep, I think I woke up every time he moved, it was ridiculous.

I also learned how much I love the Lord, and how much smaller my faith is than I had always thought. I was so scared, it was so hard for me to trust in the Lord at all, to remember that He is over all things, and whatever happens, He will help me through it and it is for my good. I am so thankful we brought our sweet little Josh back from the hospital, that he was okay and his normal self. I was ashamed a little though, at my lack of faith. I'm glad and so thankful for the blessing this was to me, to shake me awake and get me to really start praying again, to listen to what the Lord wants me to hear.

It was been wonderful though, the Lord is so full of tender mercies. It couldn't have happened more perfectly. Tyson's parents were here, they made me feel not so alone and scared. Our car won't drive very far without overheating, so it was wonderful we had their rental car to follow Josh and I in the ambulance (that was pretty cool, I have to admit). Dad Cooper was there to help Tyson give Josh a blessing which made me feel much better. I don't remember anything that was said, I just remember Tyson telling me right after "Josh is going to be fine, remember the blessing." Most the people at the hospital were very kind, especially the doctor. He explained everything to us and made me feel so much better. He was so good with Josh too. Kenni and Chris brought us dinner, the saints. Dad Cooper waited in the waiting room the whole time. Mom Cooper and Cassie stayed home with Caleb and made it so I wasn't worried about him and I could take care of Josh. Tyson was an angel, so patient with everything and so brave so I didn't get any more scared than I was. Once the medicine kicked in with Josh at the hospital, he wanted to get down and play, but we couldn't let him (it's a hospital, not kid proof). Tyson played magic tricks with Josh, played color games with him for about 2 hours. It was so sweet.

When we got home and everything was good, I called my mom and had a cry out. I finally just let everything I was holding together go and she was the wonderful Mama she is and cried with me. I found out later that about a million and a half people were praying for us, for little Josh, all at the same time. Even people that don't even know us, it was so neat. Thank you all for that.

I went and checked on Josh during his nap today and just watched him, his chubby little arms, his perfect round face, his long lashes, just such a perfect little angel. I know it probably wasn't a close to death experience as I thought it was when his seizure hit, but it hit me how much I love him, how sad I would be without him. The Lord is so good, so perfectly good and merciful and I hope that I can learn to be thankful no matter what challenges I am given. Sorry this is so long, it is really more for me to just type it out, to bear my witness of the Lord's love and infinite mercy for each of us.


  1. you're amazing, I'm sorry I wasn't there for you, but I'm SO glad everyone else was. It helped me feel super grateful for Zur and how happy I am she's with us, thanks for letting me know what to do if it does ever happen to me. I hope it never happens to you again, you're an incredible mama, I'm glad Josh has you! I love you lots and lots....and lots and lots!

  2. Cami, you have more faith than you think! YOu are an amazing example and you have helped me in so many ways to help me keep MY faith! I'm grateful that everything is okay and the Lord really is watching over you (and me!) Love you lots!

  3. You are amazing! You made me tear up...a LOT, Cami. You have more strength and faith than you think. Some people wouldn't even be able to look back on it like you have done with so much strength and conviction. Never forget how wonderful you are. No need to be ashamed. I know you are much stronger than you think. We're so happy that he is doing so much better. You are always in our prayers, and are such a shining example of courage in time of need. I love you Cami!

  4. Oh wow, Cami! I had no idea! I am so glad that little Josh is okay! And, I am glad that you shared all of the things that you learned. You're such a good person, a beautiful soul and a wonderful mommy! I love you! :)

  5. I am glad that he is better. Seizures are SO scary. Those kind of experiences leave me feeling so humbled.

  6. Wow, that is so scary. I was crying just reading it. But, it is actually a pretty common thing. I have a couple friends whose kids also have the same problem.

  7. Oh Cam! I am so glad to hear that he is doing okay. I can't imagine how scary that would have been. You and Tyson are such great parents. Those two little boys are so lucky to have you in their lives. We are praying for you out here in Provo. And we miss you!

  8. Oh, Cam. I can't even imagine. I am so glad he is alright.

  9. I am so sorry, I did not know about this until I was catching up on my blog reading yesterday. I did not get to comment til today. I just wanted to reiterate all the comments about you being so strong in your faith and an example to all of us. Give little Josh a kiss for me. I love you all! I can't wait til next year to see you again! LOVES!