There are many times in parenthood that we feel helpless. Why is it that we RUN to God with our problems but we feel closest to Him when we are our most desperate? January 12, my youngest got the 24 hour stomach bug and this is a rarity for us. I can count on one hand the times my kids have barfed. The next night, he was sleep walking (probably due to the residual effects of the 1/2 dose of promathizine I gave him to slow down the vicious nausea) the night before. During his sleep walking episode, his complaint was everything was really far away and he couldn’t reach me. Of course, I wrote it off to a bad dream and sent him back to bed.
Two nights later however, he got up just a few minutes after I put him to bed and said the same thing but I had not told him about his sleep walking previous to that so he wouldn’t have had that in his head. He was very scared and upset and was blinking and feeling helpless. I laid down with him and it went away and he slept fine all night. This continued to happen about 3 nights a week and then I started to get scared.
Was this serious?
Was this a brain related problem?
Had he strained something in his eyes when he was wretching so badly when he was sick?
Was God about to let me go through the unthinkable with my youngest?
I know, overboard… but that’s what we do when something can’t be explained. OR… we google it…
He continued to be scared and was getting worried at what
treatment would be required to fix this problem. Me too.
Here’s what popped up immediately when I googled “my child says everything is far away”…
articles that said it happens at night
it happens after a fever or a virus
it happens to children from ages 6-14
it has no treatment
it will go away on its own
it is called Todd’s Syndrome aka Alice in Wonderland Syndrome and it’s very common. Even the eye dr said as crazy as it sounds, it’s actually a thing.
Thank You Lord!!
My youngest was blown away when he saw all this and realized that he wasn’t alone and that this is normal for a lot of kids. I called my pediatrician and he concurred. His eye dr appt was all normal too. It still happens every now and then but much less frequent and he’s just learned to deal with it and go on to sleep. I’m thankful that God isn’t asking me to go through something horrid right now. I’d like to think I would have handled it with grace and dignity but honestly, I’m not really known for those traits so it’s no telling what I would have done.
There may indeed come a day when my faith is tested much harsher than just now. I keep going back to these same facts that I KNOW THAT I KNOW…
Jesus died for me
He loves me more than I love my kids
If He lets something happen to us, it’s for His glory and our good
I’m certain that heaven waits for me when I die because Jesus is the Lord and Savior of my life and THAT fact will never change.
I hope and pray this helps someone else too!!
Keep it Simple,