Saturday, November 22, 2008

Our 1st (and probably not our last) ER visit

Well, I've finally done it. I'm actually surprised it took 8 months. I've injured my daughter. We had to take her to the ER last night. She is fine. It is worse than it sounds. I take care of this girl 24/7 and the one thing I hate to do is clip her nails. I would only use a file for the first several months (and now probably for the rest of her life) because I HATE using the clippers on her. Her nails grow FAST. I decided last night that it was time again because she had scratched herself earlier in the day. So, last night right before bed time, I clipped away. I gave her something to hold with one hand to distract her while I clipped the other. No problems. I switched hands, did the first four fingers...no problems. Then, the last nail I had to cut was her left thumb. I went to clip it, she suddenly moved and there you have it. She immediately started crying as I noticed the blood start to ooze out. I instantly felt horrible. Shaun was on his way home (thank God) and got home about 5 minutes after it happened. I was in a full on panic because I had been holding it for that long and it was still bleeding. Shaun took one look at it and said "that's never going to stop bleeding". After holding pressure for several minutes, trying band aids, etc. we both came to the conclusion that he in fact was right and it was never going to stop bleeding. You know how you can get the tiniest cut and it seems like it just bleeds and bleeds. That's what happened. We decided the only option was to take her to the ER down the street. To make it more fun, it was snowing. We went to the ER and they got us in immediately because it was not crowded. They took great care of us and fixed her right up with a patch of stuff that coagulates the blood and stops the bleeding followed by a dressing. The highlight was when the administrative lady came in and said "so you cut her thumb off?" while laughing. She thought it was funny. I did not.

We got her home and wanted to keep her up for a bit to make sure it did not start bleeding again. Here she is...post ER

And a close up......


She started sticking her hand in her mouth and we didn't want the dressing to get wet so we had to put her mittens on. I think the picture pretty much says how she felt about that.....



It's horrible when your child is hurt. Even more so when you caused it. I still feel terrible. I told Shaun that I am never cutting her nails again!

4 comments:

Sally said...

oh my gosh! how scary! i cut lil major's finger trimming his nails when he was about 4 months old. it didn't stop bleeding for over an hour!! I felt so bad, but after a couple minutes he didn't seem to care.

And then a couple weeks ago, I watched as he fell right off the chair flat on his face...all b/c I was trying to get the camera set up. I think I cried harder than he did. why is it so stressful and scary to be a mom???

I'm SO glad Julianne is ok now. =)

how was your mom's visit?

Tiffany said...

I don't know whether to say poor Julianne or poor Mommy....I am sure you were way more traumatized then she was.

Just remember things happen, especially with these little ones and their erratic, never want to sit still movements...

Hope all is well...

Love, Aunt Tiffany

Randi said...

Glad she is OK! Hope that you are too! I am finding that the "mommy ache" does not go away and we will not know life without that ache of concern ever again! It is totally worth it, though!

Tim said...

We had ours too a couple of years ago, a fall off the changing table. Frankly, I am surprised that we haven’t hurt him more.

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