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Title: Last Saturday
Post by: phillamb168 on February 21, 2011, 03:40:54 PM
I'm posting this because I need to 'vent' it a bit and we really can't talk about it to family here for a number of reasons. We have a wonderful little 7.5 month old, he's the sweetest little guy, but last Saturday we had a hell of an accident and I'm feeling pretty depressed about it even though everything's ok now and it was absolutely not anybody's fault, but hey, this is the "pub" right, so it's a good place to talk I guess.

Anyway a friend brought over some used baby clothes last Friday but apparently didn't check to make sure they were 100% clean, and long story short, a big-ass (6cm) sewing needle was in there and happened to fall on Corby's play carpet. I was outside working on my deck extension and so I didn't hear him screaming, but apparently he had wiggled his way onto the needle and it was poking into his skin, causing him to be not so happy. My wife goes to check on him but doesn't know what's going on, and doesn't see the needle until it's almost completely in his back. She tries to get it out but can't, and runs outside to get me. She told me later that she wasn't sure about getting me because she didn't want to 'spoil my alone time.' We've since had a long talk about priorities. Anyway, by the time I get there, the needle is wayyy in there, starting to go perpendicular to his back, and the end of the needle is pushing his skin up like a tent, which seems very, very bad to me. So I take the sharpest knife I can find and cut a little bit of skin so the needle can pop out again and take some of the pressure off. The surgeon told me later that that was probably the thing that kept all this from becoming a much sadder story.

Anyway, I tell the wife to call an ambulance, and I'm sitting there holding him while he's still sobbing, and the lady on the other end says 'have you tried taking the needle out?" I try pulling just a bit but it's stuck fast, and I tell her it's not coming out. She says, 'Get in the car and drive to the hospital.' My wife explains that we can't do that, it's sticking out of his back. Finally I say "tell her to send a f---ing ambulance" and my wife says, "can you please send an ambulance, my husband is getting upset with me." So they send an ambulance. Paramedics show up, load us into the ambulance, and drive us over to the hospital. Head pediatrician comes in to take a look and tries to pull the thing out, then thinks better of it and orders an x-ray to see what the damage is. Radiology was interesting - the radiologist looked like quasi-freaking-moto, hunchback, limp and everything. That was not encouraging. But they got it done, and the results looked good, so they called the head surgeon to come down and pull it out. He has a pair of what look like disinfected vise-grips and he just pulls it right out. There's a tiny little dot where it was sticking out and that's it. He gives us a prescription for antibiotics and tells us to keep the bandage on for 48 hours, and that's it. Little corby was quite a brave guy, he was crying most of the time but right after that needle came out and he sat up, he was all smiles and laughing again. That made me feel better.

As I said everything's ok now, but given some of my family history this was a pretty stressful event and I just needed to get it out there to get it off of my mind. I was also quite happy to be living where we do, because out of all of this we only had to pay $10 for the prescription, everything else was free. When we got home I had a homebrew. Oof.
Title: Re: Last Saturday
Post by: pinnah on February 21, 2011, 03:48:01 PM
Poor lill Corby!

Wow, needles freak my right out!  I was riggling here in the chair just thinking about it.

Glad all seems well, and you can get back to the deck. ;)
Title: Re: Last Saturday
Post by: tumarkin on February 21, 2011, 03:54:23 PM
wow, that had to be scary/stressful. it's so hard with little ones, as they can't tell you what's happening. anyhow, glad it's all over and done without anything more serious. I'm sure you're no longer in the middle of it, but still..... take some time, take some deep breaths, chill, have a homebrew (or a whisky) and try to let go of it.
Title: Re: Last Saturday
Post by: bluesman on February 21, 2011, 03:56:20 PM
Wow...glad to see it has worked out for you.

That's one hellava day for the little guy.

Hope he feels better.
Title: Re: Last Saturday
Post by: phillamb168 on February 21, 2011, 04:03:33 PM
Wow...glad to see it has worked out for you.

That's one hellava day for the little guy.

Hope he feels better.

So far so good, it's been more than a week and no sign of infection or anything else. Coulda been much much worse.
Title: Re: Last Saturday
Post by: akr71 on February 21, 2011, 06:58:47 PM
I'm posting this because I need to 'vent' it...

Vent away!
Glad to hear/read the little man is OK.  There's absolutley nothing more gut-wrenching than seeing your kids in pain - and even more so when you know its something serious, but can do little to help.
Title: Re: Last Saturday
Post by: tschmidlin on February 21, 2011, 07:01:26 PM
Wow, scary story, glad it's all ok though.  Damn.
Title: Re: Last Saturday
Post by: theoman on February 21, 2011, 07:11:31 PM
Scary! Glad it turned out ok.
Title: Re: Last Saturday
Post by: euge on February 21, 2011, 07:20:37 PM
What a nightmare!

And these type of accidents are freakishly common if you want to believe it. Glad Corby is ok- once the problem is relieved they often bounce back like that, all smiles and laughs. I work in pediatric radiology- the cases we get sometimes have me drinking more than a few pints when I get home. :(

Unfortunately these things just happen. Fortunately it wasn't much much worse. We had a baby drown in a mop-bucket last week.
Title: Re: Last Saturday
Post by: jaybeerman on February 21, 2011, 07:31:11 PM
Kids really are amazingly resilient, aren't they? (good thing) I’m very glad to hear that it all ended well.  Yep sounds like a few deep breaths (maybe a homebrew) and a kiss to the forehead of your wife and kid are in order.  
Title: Re: Last Saturday
Post by: maxieboy on February 21, 2011, 08:27:47 PM
Wow. Glad all is OK!. I think back on some of the things that happened as a child and feel fortunate to be here and in one piece!
Title: Re: Last Saturday
Post by: Robert on February 21, 2011, 08:44:25 PM
Children are amazing. My 3 yr old broke his femur last summer falling out of a swing. His resiliency and courage amazes me to this day. I can only imagine the pain he was in, but he handled it better tham me and my wife. Glad to hear your little one made it out ok.
Title: Re: Last Saturday
Post by: alikocho on February 21, 2011, 09:59:39 PM
Glad he's ok. As a parent I get how draining that sort of thing can be, and how quickly you can start to panic. But they do tend to bounce back.

Quick thinking with the knife!
Title: Re: Last Saturday
Post by: oscarvan on February 22, 2011, 02:17:13 AM
Welcome to parenthood...... Sounds like you kept your head about you and made all the right calls. ..... go ahead, have that homebrew. You deserve it.
Title: Re: Last Saturday
Post by: phillamb168 on February 22, 2011, 07:09:24 AM
Quick thinking with the knife!

I thought about cross-posting this to the knives discussion. Love my wusthofs ;-)
Title: Re: Last Saturday
Post by: phillamb168 on February 22, 2011, 07:10:54 AM
Welcome to parenthood...... Sounds like you kept your head about you and made all the right calls. ..... go ahead, have that homebrew. You deserve it.

The scariest part is knowing that it's possible to have made the -wrong- decision. But, I can't keep him in a bubble, so no use in worrying about what might happen.

Thanks for the support, guys. Feeling a little better about everything.
Title: Re: Last Saturday
Post by: punatic on February 22, 2011, 07:18:18 AM
Parenthood-wise, that which doesn't kill you makes you (and yours) stronger... truely.

Being the father to a son is, hands down, the best thing in my life so far, and at times, the scariest too.

Good for you for following your gut and doing the right thing!
Title: Re: Last Saturday
Post by: morticaixavier on February 22, 2011, 07:28:50 AM
I'm glad it all worked out for the best and thank goodness for a rational healthcare system. My little guy is only 13 weeks and it freaks me out when he is super gassy and can't stop crying. I can't even imagine. I hope, if something like this were to happen, that I could keep my head as well as you did!
Title: Re: Last Saturday
Post by: rabid_dingo on February 22, 2011, 07:59:08 AM
I am glad that everything worked out eventually. I have a 7month old and a 4 year old. Let me tell you I spend a lot of my day cringing when I look away for a sec. and the baby starts crying and the older one looks at me like "What?"

I'll share a pint with you.