Thursday, April 23, 2009


Lilly had her 4 month shot on Tuesday and we think she had a reaction to her it (burning up, refusing to eat, crying a cry we've never heard before). When we went to give her Tylenol, she choked, stopped breathing, refluxed the Tylenol, heaved and screamed... you get the idea. Matt thinks in the process of giving her the Tylenol and me bouncing and her flailing, he may have hit the back of her throat with the syringe which added to the whole mess.

At one point he was yelling at me to call 911. It was so scary, guys. I was on the floor telling her to "breathe! breathe!" crying, trying to be calm and soothing... then Matt took her so I could get the number to the hospital which was NOWHERE to be found (we've since written it down and stuck it on the refrigerator)...

The hospital paged her doctor who called us back and calmed us down. She finally went to sleep later that evening and woke up as cheerful as ever yesterday morning.

She's always hated Tylenol, so now that her doctor has approved Ibuprofen, I think we'll switch to it. It's less gritty, not as sweet and lasts longer than Tylenol. Since she is formula fed, she's not used to sweet tastes and I think the Tylenol is just too much for her.

Seeing her face frozen, eyes wide in panic and her body in shock like that was a nightmare. I think knowing that she was choking on liquid vs. something solid was helpful. In the back of my mind I knew she would eventually start breathing again, but I also knew that once she did, she would suck more of the liquid into her throat and keep choking until it was all gone. I'm just thankful she's fine and probably doesn't even remember a thing!

And hopefully when the 6-month shots come around in June I'll have forgotten about this a little more.


Jessica said...

that's so scary--i'm glad everything is okay!

LeAnna said...

Oh my word, that would have scared me to pieces!

Our Life in Pixels said...

Goodness! That is THE scariest thing when our children are in an emergency situation! As far as forgetting it, you probably won't ( just a little fyi), but you will learn from it like we all do. I have always given the tylenol before the shots , that way it is in their system. Its worked for me through all 3 of my kids. Good luck in a couple of months!

Trisha.R.Jackson said...

OMG! I'm so glad that she's okay. How much did she weigh?