Sunday, 21 June 2009

A Tale of Woe.

So, this is not the post you were expecting. 

This is where I spent the weekend, while the band, or rather, the party, played on. 

On Friday, hours before the first guests were due to arrive, The Smallest, who had been unwell the last couple of days had what we now know was a febrile convulsion. 
It was horrific. 
I have no doubt there are a number of you reading this have experienced it and know what I mean when I say that briefly we thought he was gone. I've never experienced anything like it. 


But thankfully, while it's terrifying to witness, it is not harmful, and is fairly common. Although  he did have another one that night so they kept him in hospital a second night. 

I suggested to Jay that the party go ahead, and I think the distraction of it was just what he needed. Lots of people turned up, though lots didn't as word traveled through the grapevine. I'm glad for Jay, and for the other three children, that they were surrounded by so many of our family and friends, and by so much love and support. 

A huge thank you to everyone who was there for us, and my phone was red hot with all the lovely messages pouring in.

We're home now, and The Smallest is well and healthy and back to himself. 

The house has that lovely post-party feel and I am sorry I missed what sounds like a great night. I am rounding up as many photos as possible from people who were there and I hope to have a selection to share with you in the next day or two. 

In the end, there is nothing like an experience like this to make you appreciate, and feel incredibly grateful for, all the blessings you have in your life.

I am blessed.

26 comments:

Therese said...

Ah sweet Ciara, what a nightmare! I am so pleased to hear that Bill is back home again and doing well! All my love to you and your family!♥ Therese

Beth said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your boy's illness -- it must have been terribly scary for you. Sending hugs your way!

mimi charmante said...

Oh Ciara - I am so sorry that you had to go through this. I am happy that he is just fine, and sorry that you missed something you had put so much time into. I was thinking about you this morning actually and wondering how things went.
A big hug to you,
xo

Chez Zizi said...

Ciara, I am so sorry you had to go through this. I am happy that he is home now and doing better.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Oh, my heart sank when I read this. but I am so very happy to hear the little chap is okay. Parties come and parties go, but there is only one Billy. I wish you all a restful summer's day.

niamh said...

Oh Ciara, I nearly cried when I read this post. I know how stressful it is when kids are ill. Its a very scary time. I'm sure you must have been beside yourself with worry. I'm so relived to hear he is back to himself again. Sending much love your way. Hope you are managing to have a lovely Summer solstice evening with your precious family xxxx

docwitch said...

That's just so awful for you Ciara. It's a terrifying thing to experience. I hope things have calmed down for you all there, and your wee boy is on the mend.

Peace and good wishes to you and yours.

Silke said...

I am so glad that Billy is all better again! I remember the same happening to my little sister once and it was frightening! So glad he's ok and sorry you had to go through that! Hugs, Silke

Gigi said...

What a fright you have had, Ciara. I'm glad to hear that he is going to be well. My best wishes to you and yours.

Cathy said...

There's nothing worse than a little one in the hospital. I'm glad all's well. God Bless Your family.

ladybug-zen said...

oh no! poor little guy and poor you. i'm so glad he's on the mend. sending lots of positive vibes your way. best to you all.

Annah said...

I'm so glad all is well again Ciara. I know that worry when your precious little one is in hospital and all seems so out of control and we are powerless to help.
Boys are dying to get together soon. We were thinking of you all yesterday at the Teddy Bear's Picnic at the Zoo.. Not sure if they made the Guinnes Book of Records to beat 33,000 teddies in one place. Let me know if you fancy a trip to the zoo soon.XxA

Frau Haberecht said...

Ciara am so glad Billy is back to himself. I know just how scary that was. Christian, being Christian researched it when Cili had his and fortunately couldn't find anything thing that mentioned lasting damage or negative effects, apart from to your nerves, that is! It seems perverse and unfair to say it but we did have a lovely night so thank you to you and Jay and to your parentsxxxxxx

Karen said...

How frightening for you Ciara! So so glad he is fine now and back to him self.
xx

Andrew said...

Glad to hear he's feeling better again. There'll be lots of other parties for you both to enjoy.

acornmoon said...

Poor little lamb and poor you, I am so pleased to hear that he is back to normal.

jaboopee said...

thats shocking,so good to get a happy ending , every day is a party now. all the best to the poor little mite.

Paddy said...

Great to have little Billy back to his bouncy self.
This is a time when family & friends count most.

marty and sharon said...

oh my goodness ciara - what a horror! you poor things...sounds like you're back on track now but so sorry your special weekend wasn't as hoped. love to billy x

Aurélie said...

toute la famille vous envoi de gros bisous et souhaite un bon rétablissement à billy

Chris Judge said...

He's a tough little fellow! Great to have him back in action. Poor little Billy.

Emma said...

Ooh, the poor little fella! So happy to hear it all ended well. Sorry you had to go through that. Sending love to you all. X

underthebigbluesky said...

my heart skipped a beat there as i read your most recent post first and thought oh no, what happened.

a mother's heart and all, takes it all in and in and in.

glad to hear he is okay.

Amanda said...

Let me add my prayers to the others already here. It must have been terrifying to experience! So glad to hear everyone is doing well despite the scare. Blessings to you all.

Esti said...

I'm sorry you had such a fright and also very glad to hear Billy is doing fine now. I send hugs to you and your family.

Ciara said...

A big hug and thank you to you all for your warm words of comfort and support. It means such a lot to me!