We had an almost perfect weekend: three pool trips, a birthday party, a trip to airport park, date night. The non-perfect part to the weekend?
Alex fell with a party blower in his mouth and gouged the back of his throat and uvula. Massive amounts of blood and crying ensued. Poor guy.
Shortly before nap Sunday, Alex somehow fell and started screaming. Jon and I grabbed flashlights and Alex to assess the damage. The screaming and blood were bad enough that we decided to go straight to urgent care. While packing up a screaming Alex, Nate went into a horrific tantrum because he also wanted to go to the doctor. Jon and I rushed to pack a bag and get Alex ready while both kids screamed and cried at full volume.
If I ran a birth class, this is the video I would show parents. Why focus on childbirth when these are the kinds of events you REALLY need to prepare for?
Halfway to urgent care, Alex started talking happily. I stopped the car, checked out his mouth, and saw it had stopped bleeding. I drove back home while Jon called our after hours pediatrician line. Their advice was to take Alex to urgent care if there was swelling or an obvious cut (rather than scrapes). More flashlights and screaming while we checked it out again. Everything looked fine, so we gave him ibuprofen and put the boys down for nap.
After nap, the blood had cleared up and we were able to see a huge gash in the back of his throat, so I took him to urgent care. Repeat of Nate massive tantrum.
At urgent care, they saw him immediately which is never, ever a good thing. The nurse who checked him out was clearly not a fan of kids and Alex is very sensitive to people's emotions. Alex had the biggest blowout tantrum I have seen from him since he was 18 months old. He was completely out of control because he did not want his oxygen checked. The irony of this was not lost on me, that the nurse was insistent of checking his oxygen levels as he kicked and screamed at full volume.
I finally got him calmed down and the doctor checked out his injury. The cut is not actually on his uvula so they said it should heal on its own in a few days. As we ran through Alex's medical history (and some of Nate's history for questions like "ear infections?" "nope, Nate's the ear kid"), I was super apologetic about the entire experience. I said to the doctor that we are Rule Followers and generally I wouldn't let him run around with something like this in his mouth, so I felt extra horrible that I broke a rule and he got hurt. She told me not to worry as kids will find ways to get hurt, particularly 3 year old boys.
He felt good enough that I drove straight to the pool where Jon and Nate met us with toys and swimsuits. After pool time, Jon and I went out for hush puppies and seafood in downtown Apex. A perfect end to an almost perfect weekend.