Last night, 9pm rolled around and I started getting the kids in bed. I told Ava and Zoe to stop playing around and wind it down because it was time to go to sleep. Did they listen? Not hardly. About 5 minutes later, Ava started screaming and Zoe and Talia came running in the room with me saying there was blood everywhere. It looked like a mini crime scene! There was a puddle of blood in the bathroom floor, streaks of blood down the hallway, two small puddles in their bedroom, and when I made it to Avalyn, her foot was COVERED in blood.
Once I got a good look and got a coherent statement from Ava, I figured out two things: (1) She stepped on something in Tre’s room; (2) She had a nasty hole that was pretty deep with a diameter of approximately 6mm in the side of the bottom of her heel. I almost ran her to the emergency room but I decided to wait and take her to the pediatrician today instead. I soaked her foot in warm water for a while, dried it with paper towels, and sent Barry to the store to get some Bactine to keep it clean and some sports wrap to hold the gauze on the wound. Off topic, he came back home with a single long-stemmed rose for me :) I love that man.
After some investigating, we found a rather large, sharp screw in Tre’s room and removed it — evidently, that’s what she stabbed her foot with. Her doctor said the injury looked good — there was very little redness and just slight swelling. He was glad that we made sure to soak it immediately and keep it clean and bandaged and he mentioned that when that isn’t done immediately, the chance for infection increase exponentially. He sent her over for x-rays to make sure the screw didn’t leave anything in her foot and didn’t chip or fracture the bone in her heel since it had a very sharp end which would post a threat of internal infection.
We FINALLY made it home about an hour and a half ago. Four hours and three buildings later, we’ve seen her pediatrician, visited radiology for x-rays, picked up her prescriptions, and are relaxing now. The x-rays didn’t show any injury to her bone. She was already up to date on tetanus shots so she didn’t need to get stuck by any needles and we’re just keeping it clean and bandaged and giving her an antibiotic to make sure that it doesn’t get infected while it’s healing. She should be able to support her weight on it by Wednesday/Thursday as soon as the swelling goes down and the tenderness decreases. :) Now I believe I’m going to hit the treadmill for a mile or so before I have to start dinner.
How was YOUR Monday?
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