how i spent my wednesday

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…



  1. 1

    Praise the Lord he is okay!
    He is so precious!

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    Aw yes the life of a mama of boys! My middle son is our accident prone one, poor kid. By the time he was 7 he had already had stitches and a broken arm. I know what you mean about the different screams! Hope Silas is back to normal soon!

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    melesa garrison says:

    Oh, I’m so sorry that he was hurting like that, but glad it is all taken care of now. God Bless the sweet little boys ;)

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    Oh, poor little fella. I hope he’s getting around and not in as much pain now. I hate to tell you this, but my almost 34 year old broke his toe recently. Yep – just walking and slipped off the sidewalk. What is it about boys?

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    That’s so crazy! Who would have thought?! So glad you were able to get to the ER and have them take care of it.

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    Ahh, your poor wee man! Feel better soon!

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    Nadir@StitchSense says:

    Awww poor thing! I hope he heals quickly. Proud of you momma for holding up so well yourself, who else can make vomit splatters look so cute? :-)

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    So glad to hear he’s home and recovering! We had a very similar mishap (finger) that didn’t end as nicely as yours did. Four boys here, it’s gonna be a long 18 years ahead of us!

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    poor guy :(

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    Oh how terrible. Was it Mersa. You cleaned it so well and it still got infected. Good that you didn’t hesitate to take him to ER and the doctor. Glad he is better.

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    How scary! Glad your little guy is ok :) Hope he gets better and better every day!

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    yes… life with boys is always interesting. I’m so glad he is getting better! Sending prayers your way… sweet boy!

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    Ahhh, the joys of boys. Mine have had similar injuries, but thankfully nothing that turned that serious. glad to see he is doing better and hope he heals quickly!

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    So glad he’s OK! Hospital runs are never fun!

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    oh poor silas! he is the cutest little boy {next to my own} i’ve seen. my son’s best friend is a lot like silas, skateboarding, scooter tricks and the like he just broke his arm in 3 places from falling off a swing! weird how that happens! glad silas is okay!

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    poor little stuntman, I am so glad he is okay!!!

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    Poor kid. I hope that toe heals nicely!

    This story kind of reminds me of when I was a kid. I had broken my wrist (third time to break a bone). I told Mom that it was broken; but, she didn’t believe me. Instead, she said “Let’s just wrap it up” and sent me to school. I went for a week with a broken wrist and on a Sunday morning, my dad and I were wrestling as usual. He grabbed my arm and lo and behold, the bone separated and he felt it. He told mother. They sent me to Sunday School and then took me to the ER. After all, I had gone a week, what’s a few more hours? LOL. I was their unusual kid. They had three boys before me and none of them broke a bone and only one ended up in the ER needing stitches. I, on the other hand, broke a bone the first time when I was four or five years old.

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    Lindsey, sending you and your family love.

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    Argh! You must have had a total fright! Small one here also has zero fear and usually walks around bruised and with a variety of bandaids.

    I’m just waiting for our first trip to the hospital.

    I saw a sign last week that I’m going to have to invest in (for the husband too) that says “No doing anything that should comes after “Hey! Watch this!”

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    Oh, wow. So glad he’s ok!

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    Poor Silas! Praise God for on the ball parents, good medical care and healing! We went through that with Marissa. It can get a little freaky, but so glad all’s well that ends well!

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    Oh, the poor kid. Glad it’s all resolved! I hope you all get a lot of rest tonight.

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    So glad he’s okay!! But I love your leopard shoes. Where are they from?

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    Trina Miner says:

    Oh, man! For something so minor that is pretty major! I was actually getting tense reading this. I am so glad that everything is going to be fine and dandy! I have boys (4 and 6). I am usually not a freak out mom when it comes to cuts, but this one would have given me heart palpitations! Speedy recovery to Silas!

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    Bumm-mmer Glad the lil guy is well on his way to recovery- don’t let him fool u he wanted u and dad all to himself for the day +-)
    Have a great weekend / Holiday

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    Hello. New here. Glad your sons big toe will finally heal up. We also visited the ER about a month ago due to my 17 month old son having a high fever. Have a great evening.

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    That is insane! Crazy kiddo. Hope it heals quickly!

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    Melissa B. says:

    Oh my! That sounds like something my older girl would do. She is so clumsy, she’s always getting hurt just walking, or sitting! She got a splinter in a swimming pool once. How does that even happen? Thankfully we haven’t had to take her to the ER yet, but my baby girl is quite the dare devil already at 19 months. I really hope she isn’t going to end up as clumsy as her sister because then I know we’ll get to know the ER pretty well. Glad he was able to sleep through the whole thing. Hope he gets better soon!

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    Phew, glad to read everything is ok. Poor guy. BOYS!

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    Amy Reyes says:

    Oh my goodnes! We will pray for your sweet little boy! So glad he is doing better. Praise the Lord.

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    I’m so sorry to hear how your Wednesday went. I have a 2 1/2 yr old lil boy and this feels like what I might encounter for the 15 1/2 years! I’m so glad to hear that he’s better and home to rest.

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