As you know, I always debate how much – or even whether – to “share” here. Especially the not-so-great stuff. So when the first thing happened, I was like, no. But then the second thing happened, and it was just starting to feel kind of disingenuous to be writing about savory scones and nail polish while………………

So this is what happened. Just so you know.

Noah had a seizure two weeks ago. Because it was a school holiday he was home. And because he had had a seizure before, we at least knew what we were looking at. But this time it came out of nowhere. He recovered quickly and we were very lucky that the pediatric neurologist was on-call that day. He asked us to schedule an EEG and an MRI for the following week.

The EEG was on Wednesday – Noah had to be sleep deprived, which meant keeping him up till midnight and waking him at 5 a.m. (all I can say about THAT is: you really, really need to watch “Madagascar 3” at least four times to catch all of the subtle nuances).

Noah sailed through the test like a champ.

The MRI was on Friday. For that test he needed to be sedated – which is serious and scary no matter what, but especially when it’s a child. And again, he was such a trooper. A little loopy upon awakening but overall none the worse for wear. In fact, we were able to leave that afternoon for a long-planned weekend away at a ranch-style resort about an hour north of us. Noah was swimming in the pool that night and having a ball.

On Saturday, Noah:

Rode a pony.


Went tubing (many many times).


Skied down the hill (twice!).


And tried ice skating for almost 2 hours.


And then broke 2 bones in his arm in (wait for it) the bouncy castle.


Many hours in the local ER only to find out that the only orthopedist was many MORE hours away, and couldn’t set a child’s arm anyway.

But then the stars aligned and a new friend – who “happens” to be a pediatric specialist – spoke to some orthopedists in New York and arranged for us to be seen first thing Sunday morning. Noah was home, in a cast, by lunchtime.

So that’s why there’s been a little radio silence around here.

I’ve been playing the head game that we parents play when life throws us curves.

You know the game.

“Okay, at least it’s not……..” “Thank god he didn’t…….” “As long as we don’t have to…….”.

My beautiful and very talented friend Britta recently wrote about this, and I swear it was a revelation to learn that I wasn’t the only one who thought these thoughts.

Yes, it will be a challenging 6 weeks ahead. We need to find out why Noah had a seizure – and what happens next.  We had to cancel our trip for later this month. His therapies will be compromised until the cast comes off.


We have found doctors who will give Noah the very best of care.

It’s “only” a broken arm. It will heal. He will be as good as new (and he’s SO good).

We’ll take another trip another time.

He’ll catch up on his lessons, etc. (he’s five, for god’s sake).

And we have had the experience of being so, so blessed to have friends – some new, some forever – who have reached out to help, check in, bring goodies and send us love.

And I’ll catch up to myself – eventually.

Thanks for taking the time to listen; we now return you to your regularly scheduled broadcast.

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  1. Leslie on February 4, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Hugs, Sheri. My “baby” boy is on meds for seizures. I hope you find answers soon.

    • sherisilver on February 4, 2014 at 1:39 pm

      Thanks so much friend. I may reach out if I need your advice. xo

  2. Susan H on February 4, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Wow Sheri! Noah is keeping you on your toes! Having had plenty of MRIs and an EEG myself, I sympathize having to go thru it with a 5yr old. That would be very hard and worrisome. I hope everything turns ok, and you find what is causing them.
    He really had an adventurous weekend too! All that excitement and it’s the bouncy house that took him down. 🙁 Poor little man. I hope he heals quickly. Glad you had someone set it on the weekend. The sooner the better.
    You have an amazing positive spirit. Thank you for sharing it with us, even when you are going through so much right now.

    • sherisilver on February 4, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      Thanks so much Susan – Mike is the catch all for all my negativity during times of crisis, so that I can pour all the good stuff into Noah. We’re a good team! xo

  3. Lisa on February 4, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Sheri, I am so sorry to hear this. I’m thinking of you and your family and am sending a big (virtual) hug your way! I hope things will lighten up for all of you soon.

    • sherisilver on February 4, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      Thanks lovely Lisa – I felt that hug! xo

  4. bnp on February 4, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    “Whether to Share”

    So few of us do. Though I do enjoy what you share I enjoy most your writing. To be able to write and turn a phrase and have me(or others) understand topic and feelings always makes my day.


    • sherisilver on February 4, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      I appreciate that so much. I truly do get the most positive feedback on those posts; they’re the hardest to hit “publish” on but I’m always glad I did!

  5. Adrienne on February 4, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I’m glad you shared this, Sherri. Good luck in the next steps of diagnosis (and patience thru the cast!). Thanks for sharing the link to Britta’s post…I really needed to read that. Sending positive thoughts for Noah and your family.

    • sherisilver on February 4, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      Thank you! Britta’s post was great, right? xo

  6. Jennifer Cullen on February 4, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    What a couple of days you’ve had. I’m sorry that you’ve been going through this. I’m thinking about you and your family. Poor little Noah. And to think I always felt gypped because I never broke any bones!

    Thanks for sharing so that we can send you our good thoughts and energy.


    • sherisilver on February 4, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      Thanks so much Jen – will miss seeing you! xo

  7. Shalagh Hogan on February 4, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Oh what a story it was though and glad your support system was where it needed to be. A dear friend told me her son had seizures when he was a little guy. Neighbor’s granddaughter too, come to think of it. So so scary. Glad he had some rockin’ good fun before he broke himself just a little. I liked Britta’s piece very much too. Sometimes we need to be human for a moment before we can continue on being superheroes.
    Love Ya’,

    • sherisilver on February 5, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      Thanks so much Shalagh – as always. I loved your idea of being “human” before being a superhero. xo

  8. Deirdre on February 5, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Sending you love, Sheri. We had a bit of a crazy week with my husband health-wise, and it’s amazing how you see a totally different life flash in front of your eyes. We are not totally out of the woods but seem to be in the short term and possibly the long term – hard to tell. I hope Noah is fine and this is just something he will grow out of. He’s certainly got a strong momma to be there for him!

  9. Carol Papalas on February 5, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Wow! Noah is an awesome kid! How lucky you are. I hope that the seizure was a one-time thing.

    I’ve had a weird week. My brother died suddenly and unexpectedly. I live in Arizona and will be flying to frozen Detroit early Thursday morning to be with my family.

    I wish that NY were close enough that I would be able to meet you and remarkable Noah.

    Carol Papalas

    • sherisilver on February 5, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      You are so nice Carol – I am truly sorry for your loss. Safe travels. xo

  10. Ellen Monheit on February 10, 2014 at 12:33 am

    So sorry for what you went through with Noah, but with support it’s amazing the positive things that can happen. My son had a seizure when he was about 5 but it only happened the one time. It was scary! One of our grandsons had numerous seizures when he had low-grade fever, and needed to be hospitalized several times. He finally outgrew them! It’s hard being a parent and grandparent, but totally worth it! Hang in there!

    • sherisilver on February 10, 2014 at 7:36 pm

      Thanks so much for reaching out Ellen – we are working with a wonderful neurologist who is helping us to get to the root of this. I hope the prognosis is the same as your grandson’s!

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