a couple weeks ago, i heard silas screaming out in the backyard. kind of a familiar sound really, so i didn’t jump up right away. the boy tries so many tricks on his bike, and jumps off things that he gets hurt. kind of a lot. but nothing a bandaid can’t cure.
but this scream turned different pretty quick and i rushed out to get him. he had cut the bottom of his big toe on the edge of a stepping stone and then stepped in to dirt, grinding the dirt into his open cut. so i took him inside and put his foot into the sink to wash out what i could, all while wrestling him and getting hit and kicked because i was hurting him so badly. after i had cut off the little bit of skin flapping (sorry, nasty) and cleaned all i could, i poured hydrogen peroxide to clean it more. then we put on some neosporin and a bandaid.
it healed up pretty quickly and i stopped worrying about it.
then 4 days ago, silas started waking up at night, screaming because his toe hurt. it looked fine, but he started limping a little after that. every night since he has woken up multiple times throughout the night, screaming about his foot, but it still looked fine.
then tuesday it started looking worse – swollen. i set up an appointment for the dr. for wednesday. then he woke up again at night and was inconsolable. he was screaming that it felt like tons of bees were stinging his toe. he didn’t stop screaming for over an hour. so sean took him to the e.r. and i stayed home with the sleeping girls.
at about 4 am they came home. si was given a painkiller and an antibiotic. he slept until 6 am then was up for the day. nice.
but his toe looked worse. it was turning black and getting puffier. and more painful. so we went to our scheduled appointment with the dr. and she sent us straight to the e.r.
by this time his meds were kicking in and upsetting his stomach and he’d gotten sick a few times. splashing on my legs. you’re welcome for the picture ;)
but through this all, he really did have a good attitude. we were teasing him that he did this so he could have us for the whole day to himself ;)
within a few minutes of us getting a bed at the hospital, he was asleep in my arms. remember he had only had a few hours of sleep? the poor kid was exhausted.
they were able to get him already for the procedure while he was asleep, so never had to be anxious. he only woke up when they gave him the conscious sedation shot. then within seconds he stopped screaming, got a half smile and started to giggle. the meds worked quickly!
the dr. (who was amazing) basically cut open his toe, drained it, rinsed it and wrapped it all up. done! silas slept through the whole thing, even though he was on conscious sedation, because he was so sleep deprived. the sedation was supposed to wear off in 30 minutes, but it took a couple hours since he was so tired. nothing was waking him! but he finally started to stir (after some shoulder shaking) and we were able to go home.
we’re home now. he’s doing great, other than still getting sick from the meds on an empty stomach, and i’ll be playing nurse for the next few days.
crazy kid. the 2 times he’s ever been in the hospital were because of injuries due to WALKING! the kid who rides his bike one handed with his eyes closed gets hurt walking. doesn’t make sense. but i am sure grateful this was all so minor. and i’m pretty sure we’ll be spending plenty of time in that e.r. over the next 14 years…