Tuesday, November 2, 2010

What A Weekend! (Long Story if You're Up For One)

The weekend took a dramatic turn for us that all but changed our Halloween fun with the kids! But the story doesn't start there, it actually starts about 12 days ago. We can actually go back just a bit further. My oldest daughter Kat's homecoming was coming up and since she is such a twig I had to try to take in her homecoming dress. I keep my sewing supplies in the laundry room, and when I put them back away or took them out - who really knows at this point - a needle must have fallen into the carpet without my knowledge. Fast forward a few days and B steps on a needle and we only find half the needle. Well Juan only finds half the needle, when I came home from Yoga I heard all about it. Juan said he couldn't feel the other half in her foot, and she seemed calm enough, so what could have happened to the other half he wondered? He asked if I thought we should take her to the hospital for X-rays which of course B adamantly refused. I said the other half of the needle must have lodged into the carpet or flooring underneath the carpet as I imagined if I had a needle stuck in my foot, I would know it was there and be freaking out. 


B complained on and off for a few days that her foot hurt. but she is a whiner, we checked her foot, everything seemed fine, we gave her ibuprofen and sent her on her way. Then last weekend when we went to the Nick Resort, the poor kid hit her toe ( a different one) going down the slide. It looked pretty bad and was pretty swollen. I actually thought she might have broken it. Well walking home from school for two days after that she called me to complain about the pain in her toe. I typically will pick her up, but she walks with friends sometimes when she feels like it. I thought the girl was being a Diva, the swelling went down on her toe from the water park incident and since I hadn't heard her complaining about the needle toe, that was all but forgotten in my mind. Well as it turns out bad mom - she was complaining about the needle toe. Funny how she only complained when we asked her to do something like clean or go to bed. She was fine when it came time to go to the park with her friends - so again, I thought she was just over exaggerating. Oh boy was I wrong!!! 


Saturday night she complained about her toe again. This time upon inspection, her entire toe - the needle toe - was swollen and so wasn't half her foot! Something was seriously wrong here! Juan immediately brought her to the Urgent Care Center down the street. They told him they were closing, but that we could bring her back first thing in the morning. We thought about bringing her to the ER, but she was crying and didn't want to go and I felt bad, and figured OK - fine - first thing in the morning then, back to Urgent Care. Juan took her in the morning, and I stayed home with Kat & Coco, ready to dart out the door at a moment's notice. Well Juan soon sent me this in a text:
Can you see the needle? I couldn't believe the kid actually had a needle in her foot for 10 days! How was she not in constant pain? Well the Urgent Care center was going to go in and get it out, no big deal. Juan said it should take no more than 15 minutes, so there was no need for me to head that way. So I stayed home. Well 15 minutes later I get a call that they are heading to the ER. WHAT?!? Urgent Care couldn't get it out - this was an ER case. You have got to be kidding me. They numbed her foot, made an incision, dug around for a bit and are now saying it is more serious that they thought. UGH! So I tell Juan, OK enough is enough - I will meet you guys at the ER. He insists this is going to be a quick thing, it's Halloween, we have stuff to do - stay with the girls and go run the errands. OK, I agree and off to errand running me, Kat & Coco go. About an hour later I get a call from Juan , "B is getting admitted overnight, she has an infection and the needle will need to come out via a very minor surgery the next day by an Orthopedic Surgeon. Oh and they are going to sedate her for the surgery - you can come to the hospital now." Seriously? Off to the hospital I go. When I get there, I find out while in the ER, they had given B an antibiotic that she had a serious allergic reaction too. I guess the ER is the place to be if you are having a serious allergic reaction to something! Who knew. The poor kid! All this because of a tiny needle! 


It was a long night, where every time they came in the room to check her vitals or give her more antibiotics, I got to stay awake to make sure she was OK. The idea of my kid being sedated for something like this was crazy and had me on edge the whole time she was in surgery. It took about 45 minutes to remove the needle, but then another hour passed before we were able to see her again. It just seems so far out there to me! I will be staying home and working from home today since she can't walk for 24 hours.  Needless to say, she missed Halloween and trick or treating. But Kat & her friend went for her and brought her a bunch of candy to the hospital, so that was nice. Juan only took two pictures of Coco in her costume, his mind was obviously elsewhere. So needless to say no nail pics. I actually did take a pic on Saturday, but I will wait until tomorrow to show them, since today I shared the story. How about a needle pic instead?
The needle that was in B's foot

13 comments:

  1. Holy crap. That poor baby. Poor yall! How is she doing now?

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  2. She is doing fine now. Still sleeping after the long two days she had! Wish I was sleeping too!

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  3. WOW, this is so bizarre! But honestly, kids are resilient and often just don't notice this sort of thing as far as I can tell. I'm glad y'all got it checked in time, though. Scary stuff! Give her a big hug for me and all the rest of the blog folks!

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  4. WQOW! Such a small needle and huge mess. I am happy she is recovering well, what a fighter :)

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  5. OMG! That was just one thing after another!! I'm glad that B's doing better now & everything turned out fine in the end. Craziness!

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  6. Wow, Glad there was a happy ending. Sorry you felt like a "bad mom" too. Stuff like this happens, even when you're a great mom...like you!
    Glad it all turned out ok.
    What was she allergic to?

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  7. wowzers! i hope she feel better soon :)

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  8. I wondered where the needle came from.. I am sorry, that is so awful! I am glad it is all over now and still sending love and prayers your way. Seriously, anything I (we) can do just let us know. :) HUGS

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  9. Oh no! I hope she's getting better now, it must have been a bad experience for the family. At least everything ended well. =)

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  10. Youch!!
    Glad she is ok now. I've done the needle in the foot thing too but I managed to pull the entire thing out. *cringe*

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  11. Thanks for all the kind words everyone! She is definitely a trooper - back at school today and has yet to take any of the pain meds she was given! Shulda - cringing with you! Reading that was like listening to someone scrape a chalkboard with their nails! Yikes!

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  12. Oh my goodness! I was nearly in tears reading that. Poor girl; I can't even imagine walking around with a needle in my foot for 10 days. I would've been a whiny mess that whole time. I'm glad everything worked out!

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