Monday, June 29, 2009

The almost perfect weekend

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.

16 comments:

Joanna said...

Mouth cuts bleed so much. I can't imagine how that whole scenario went down.

I must confess that I have this mental image of a doctor trying to put stitches in a uvula. It's rather comical to think about in the abstract. In reality, not so much.

shannon buck said...

oh goodness! hope all is okay for your little guy. and i completely agree, those are the moments we all need preparation for. childbirth was easy compared to the injuries and massive tantrums my oldest(2 1/2) manages to get into. YIKES!

Eva said...

Yikes, so scary. I'm glad everyone is okay. J's daycare teacher always says he needs to be in a bubble; probably true of all preschoolers!

Carrie from FoxTwins said...

Props to you and your cool-headed Mama skills for not freaking out!

Quadmama said...

Like the doctor told you, kids will always find a way to hurt themselves. Sorry to hear you had such stress this weekend. Hope everyone is feeling better.

Megan said...

Oy!! That hurts just thinking about it! Poor guy! It would have been super hard WITHOUT the tantrums. My goodness. All kids get hurt- in really creative ways. So glad that he was ok!

Steph said...

I'm glad Alex is OK! Cooper also HATES the oxygen checker with a fiece passion. And, you are right, they should have a toddler prep video instead of (or along with) the preparing for birth!

mames said...

ugh. massive amounts of blood from mouth is not my forte. you two are amazing, the way you delegate and get to it.

glad alex is okay, but also that the doctor let you know there is only so much a mama can do.

bb and mtb said...

Holy Cow! That sounds scary, but you handled it like a pro. YAY for the almost perfect weekend!

Beth said...

How scary! But kudos to you and John for handling things so well. And besides that little "mishap," glad you had a great weekend!

Mommy, Esq. said...

It's all about the O2 levels. Just kidding. I totally would have over-reacted - you are a strong mom.

Karen said...

Just the sight of blood would have been enough to send me running. Glad that he is OK! These 3 year old boys are pretty tough.

Becky @ Our Sweet Peas said...

Oy! Glad that he is healing well and that you had a next to perfect wknd. Only in the life of a parent can a trip to urgent care be involved in a wknd and it still be considered next to perfect :) You gotta love that!

Kara said...

I'm glad Alex is okay and didn't have to get stitches! Scary afternoon, I'm sure!

Julie said...

Yikes! So scary even without the tantrums. My friend's brother fell with a pen in his mouth when he was a kid and it punctured the soft palette and got stuck--he had a few stitches to say the least. I had to laugh about showing a video of your scenario in childbirth class. I agree--the birthing process is the least of the scary, gory moments of parenting.

t + j said...

so glad alex is okay! i love how even with a trip to urgent care and massive quantities of blood, it was still an almost perfect weekend. you rock!