Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Adventures at the Doctor

Yesterday was quite a day at our house. In the morning James had his 18 month check up at the doctor. All went well, he's still my big and getting bigger every day boy. I was just going to give you his latest stats, but of course the paper has gone AWOL since i'm looking for it...I'll have to add those later. Anyway, so James gets his flu shot and we finish up at the doctor, I had both kids, so that is an adventure in itself. We had several other errands to run and then we went home for lunch and naps. I figured the most adventuresome part of the day was over, oh was I wrong. Shortly after the kids were up from their naps, I decided to practice my flute for some upcoming musical numbers with the primary program. I have this thing called a "pad saver" that stays inside my flute when it is in its case, of course I have to take it out to play, so Beth decided to play with it. There she was swinging the thing around and James walked up to her, and got a little too close! The blunt plastic end of the pad saver hit him in the face and he started to cry and was gaurding his eye. I promptly threw the pad saver where they couldn't reach it and picked James up to comfort him. To my horror, when he looked up at me he was bleeding from his eye! I have never seen such a thing and it scared me to death. He was crying blood red tears. So awful! I was of course totally freaked out. He wouldn't really open his eye so I couldn't tell where the blood was coming from or anything. Luckily the bleeding stopped fairly quickly and I hurried to call the doctor to see what I should do. They of course said I should bring him in, so I rushed the kids into the car, and back to the doctor's office. James was acting totally fine at this point, and his eye was a little red, but nothing horrific, so I was afraid I was taking him in for nothing. But when the doctor came in and got a good look at his eye she found a fairly deep laceration on the lower right corner of his eye. It was awful looking! Luckily, it is not in a part of his eye that will affect his vision at all. She decided that since she'd never seen something like this she wanted to consult with another doctor to decide on a plan of action. Both doctors came back in, asked exactly what happened, looked at the cut and discussed in very medical terms what was wrong and what they should do. They finally decided that antibacterial eye drops would not be enough for a cut this deep in the eye and he needed to be put on a full course of oral antibiotics to make sure he wouldn't get a serious infection. I have to take him back tomorrow to make sure it is healing well and not showing any signs of infection. I was proud of myself for holding it together and staying fairly calm, but it really did scare me. He really could have done serious damage to his eye! I kept seeing those bloody tears in my head over and over. I really hope I never have to see that again. yuck. Anyway, he seems fine today. The corner of his eye is still very red, but you wouldn't really even notice it unless you were looking for it. Hopefully all will be well. It'll be a long 10 days of medication, he hates the stuff, but we'll live and he will keep seeing well, so its worth it. Ah the joys of motherhood...

5 comments:

Summer said...

Yikes! That sounds horrible! Poor kid - it's amazing what siblings can do to each other by accident.

Stacey said...

I am so glad it ended up being not as bad as it could have been! EEEK! I hope everything heals up well!

Nicole said...

Oh I am so glad it was nothing more serious than that! How scary, I am proud of you for holding it together too, I would have been balling!! I hope he continues to heal well.

Fiddlefish said...

Holy cow...his guardian angel was workin' overtime!!! I am SO sorry. I'll be sure to say a prayer or two for him.

Regarding the BBQ -- we'll have to wait a little while. Adam was just diagnosed with RSV today.

emily said...

wow, sooo scary. eyes are not fun to mess with. i bet it hurts so bad, i hate even tiny scratches on my eye.