Sparkling Eyed One had her last appointment at the children's hospital for the research study we volunteered for on Wednesday.
We had a busy morning, playing for a couple of hours in the hot sun at the playground across the street from the abortion clinic - i will tell you more about that another day. She had a nice big breakfast, but wasn't too fond of the rice wraps i brought to the park for their lunch, so didn't eat much more than a few nibbles. After that, we headed straight for the hospital where she was to have her last assessment. She played lots of memory games and did puzzles, and was thrilled when they gave her a $10 gift card to Chapters as thanks for participating in their research.
The 2 biggest girls were playing with Ephraim (basically riding the elevators for an hour), while the other 3 were making crafts and playing games at the special play place that the coordinator had reserved for "sibling care". i was supposed to pick them up at 3.
Since she finished a few minutes early, we decided to get our blood draws at the lab in the hospital. The research assistant walked us down, telling us that they'll get in touch with us soon regarding the date for the mri. Sparkling Eyed One was chatty - she told me she wanted tacos for supper. She slipped her skinny little hand in mine and smiled up at me with her extraordinary chameleon eyes as she talked.
When it was our turn, she went first and didn't peep when the needle went in. Afterwards, i joked that she would need to hold *my* hand. She smiled at me and went and stood by the door to wait for me. The lab tech, checked my information and was about to tie the blue piece of rubber around my arm when suddenly we heard a "thunk". i turned, and there was my lovely, lying on the floor having what looked all the world to me like a seizure. Her arms were curling again and again. Her mouth was open, with her eyes rolling back in her head. Her legs were curled to the side and as her body writhed, she was smashing her face into the metal door frame.
i leaped from the chair and grabbed her sweet face to stop it from smashing- her lip was already bloody.
Nurses came running and three of them witnessed her "seizing". It lasted maybe 15 seconds or so... When she started to come 'round, she was kinda spacey, but then she looked at me and said over and over, "i don't know what happened - i don't know what happened..." and licked the blood from her lip.
They called a "code" and help came running. When they checked her out, they felt something worrisome in her neck and called for a neck brace and the board to take her to emergency because they didn't want to take any risks since she fell so hard. After a little monitoring and some x-rays (which were perfect)- we were free to go home... By then, Neil had arrived - (driving in the thick traffic from the south, it took awhile... The social worker at the hospital didn't want to leave the other children in Cai's care though, since she's only 14 - and they won't release them to anyone under the age of 18). The play place graciously kept the kids for the extra hour it took for Neil to get there.
The doctor in emergency seemed to doubt that it was a seizure - but 3 nurses told the emergency doctors that came running that they had seen her having a seizure... so i'm not sure what to think.
We had take out for supper.
She's ok, (proud of her celebrity - gage greeted her with, "PEYTON, i thought you DIED!!")
i feel sick... but i'm gonna be ok too.