Frightening end to a week in Westford

As you might have already known I spent last week in Westford, MA attending the Notes/Domino Software Design Review (SDR).  The week started out well with a train ride from Newark, NJ to Boston Back Bay station.  In Boston I rented a car for the drive to Westford.  The SDR was actually held in the new IBM office in Littleton, most of the building in fact is still under construction.  One thing about the building is that there is virtually no cell coverage inside the building. The week was moving along nicely and on Thursday as the SDR was wrapping up I headed in to the first of two meetings I had scheduled for that afternoon or so I thought.  Fortunately I had my laptop open and in front of me, since nothing was getting through to my cell phone so I missed to the two phone calls and SMS messages from my wife, but I did get her e-mail which read “jack hospital call me”.  I raced out of the conference room to find a spot with cell coverage and found out that Jack had experienced a seizure and was in the emergency room.  Within 5 minutes I was back at my hotel, it took me about 5 minutes to grab my things (I was not supposed to check out until Friday so I was not packed) and in the car on the way back to New Jersey. At the hospital they determined that Jack has suffered a Febrile Seizure and they admitted him for observation and testing.  They found he had an ear infection (again) which caused the fever. Fortunately he was cleared today by the Neurologist and Pediatrician and this evening we were able to bring him home.  I am sure Molly and Abe will be very happy to see him in the morning. We will be seeing the pediatrician again on Monday, and certainly watching Jack very closely for any sign of fever. Right now we are just happy to have him back at home, and feeling better.

22 Responses to Frightening end to a week in Westford
  1. Clay Goforth
    April 4, 2009 | 11:22 pm

    Sorry to here about Jack. I will keep him in my prayers. Clay

  2. Keith Brooks
    April 4, 2009 | 11:40 pm

    Sorry to hear this. Refuah Shelema to Jack. This won’t do erev Pesach.

  3. Alan Lepofsky
    April 4, 2009 | 11:44 pm

    My best wishes to you and your family.

  4. Randy
    April 4, 2009 | 11:51 pm

    Sorry to hear about this, Jack will be in my prayers.

  5. Nathan T. Freeman
    April 5, 2009 | 12:12 am

    I was wondering why you’d vanished so fast.

    Glad to hear Jack’s recovering well. Best wishes to your whole family.

  6. Carl Tyler
    April 5, 2009 | 12:53 am

    Sorry to hear that Mitch, what a worry. Glad to hear he’s doing better.

  7. Brent Peters
    April 5, 2009 | 1:14 am

    thoughts and prayers with you and family.
    Glad to sound prognosis will be better.

  8. stu downes
    April 5, 2009 | 2:59 am

    Mitch, I wish Jack a speedy recovery with no relapses. We haven’t endured febrile convulsions with our boys but have seen this with friends children. All have grown out of it and been fine. Wishing you and Jack the same. Stu

  9. Jim Casale
    April 5, 2009 | 6:41 am

    Good to hear Jack is doing better. Ear infections can be troublesome to say the least. My oldest had them constantly and had to have those tubes put in..It didn’t eliminate them but it made them easier to deal with

  10. ted stanton
    April 5, 2009 | 6:52 am

    Best wishes to your family.

  11. David Marshak
    April 5, 2009 | 8:37 am

    Best wishes going forward for Jack and your family, and happy Paseach to all.

  12. John Lance
    April 5, 2009 | 9:26 am

    Sorry to hear about Jack, but glad to know he’s better. I was so glad when the girls finally stopped getting the regular ear infections.

  13. David Schaffer
    April 5, 2009 | 10:55 am

    Sorry to hear about the problem and glad Jack’s OK now.
    Is he past the ear tubes stage? That was a major help with my daughter (but that’s going back almost 20 years). If they don’t feel the ear infections it’s hard to catch them in time.

  14. Richard Schwartz
    April 5, 2009 | 11:19 am

    Am sorry to hear you had to endure this scare, and equally glad to hear that it is resolved in a good way. Also wish I could have hung out at the SDR a bit more. Being local in this case was more of a disadvantage than advantage in some ways. Take care.

  15. Andy Dennis
    April 5, 2009 | 12:37 pm

    Sorry to hear about this Mitch. One of my daughters suffered with this same condition and I know from firsthand experiance it is a frighting experiance for any parent. The good news is she grew out of it by about 3yrs old!! We got into the habit of checking her temperature regulary with every minor illness and keeping her cool if she was too hot. I hope it works out well for you and your family..

  16. Chris Toohey
    April 5, 2009 | 2:34 pm

    Sorry to hear about that, but thankfully it sounds as though everyone is back home and feeling better.

    We went through the tubes nightmare with 2 of our 4, so my heart goes out to Jack.

    Take care, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you want the opinions of a father who saw the whole earache/tube thing first-hand.


  17. Ed Brill
    April 5, 2009 | 3:27 pm

    Appreciate you sharing this experience, Mitch. I hope it gives you and your family comfort to have the community’s thoughts and prayers, including mine and my family’s. My daughter’s got one ear tube in at the moment, the other worked its way out. She’s doing great with the combo of those and a tonsilectomy. Keep us posted.

  18. John Vaughan
    April 5, 2009 | 4:15 pm


    Sorry to hear about that, that is no fun! Glad he is OK!

  19. Kevin Pettitt
    April 5, 2009 | 7:12 pm

    Wow Mitch, sorry you and your family had to go through such a scary experience. It’s hard enough being around when the kid decides it’s time to visit the ER and you drive him yourself. Being so far away at the appointed time has got to be harder. I hope Jack comes out of this just fine.

  20. Rob Novak
    April 5, 2009 | 7:41 pm

    Mitch – thoughts are with you. I saw you bolt out of the building and was hoping everything was alright. Glad Jack is OK!

  21. Luis Benitez
    April 6, 2009 | 8:18 am

    Oh no… sorry this happened while you were away. glad Jack is back home now. Best wishes to all..

  22. Denny Russell
    April 6, 2009 | 8:27 am

    Glad to hear he is doing better. Thoughts and prayers with you and your family.