Sunday, November 06, 2005

Suck My Big Toe!

The night before last, while frantically trying to fix a late dinner for three unruly children, my Tiny decided to get into the pots and pans. I generally approve of this idea because A) it keeps her entertained and B) it keeps her out of my way. This time however, she decided to pull out the large skillet, (and seeing as how it weighs nearly half as much as she does), she dropped it on her foot. At first, I thought the loud noise just startled her...and then I noticed "the cry" (you know the one...the-I-can't-breath-because-I'm-screaming-so-hard cry)...so I picked her up...and that's when I noticed the blood, the swelling, and the purple color under her big toenail.

*for those of you who don't know me, I'm a huge hypochondriac, especially when it comes to my children. I automatically think the worst, and I like to play on the "safe side." I can't stand the thought of neglecting an injured or sick child that truly needed medical attention...I've already lost my mother of the year award, I can't afford to push my luck.

So I did what any normal girl would do. I called my dad (aka the family E.R. doc). He said that due to the amount of cartilage still present in a baby's foot, it probably wasn't broken. I should just give her some Motrin, and she should be fine. Well...about an hour after putting her to bed, she started screaming. When I went into her room, she was holding her foot in the air and wailing like I've never heard before. I felt so bad! (And due to my over-compulsive tendencies to rush to the doctor at the first sign of a homeostatic upset...I did just that.) I rushed her to the doctor.

And then after an hour of holding a screaming, thrashing, crying, tired, and pissed-off one year old, (and of course wishing that I had simply listened to my father in the first place), it was determined that she indeed had a slight fracture, but there wasn't much they could do. At some point, she may need to have her toenail drilled to relieve the pressure. But for now, I'm just supposed to give her some Motrin, and she should be fine. (Gee...where did I hear that before??)

Poor baby! Now she walks on the side of her right foot, she pushes her Tigger-on-wheels with one foot, and she whimpers any time we have to put shoes or socks on her feet.

*And yes, Dad, I did expose her to unecessary radiation, I did indeed waste my $25 co-pay, I did not learn anything new (except that Tiny does NOT like the oximeter being placed on her foot), and we did lose nearly three hours of decent sleep...all because I am an overprotective, overcompulsive, self-absorbed and can't-listen-to-a-damn-thing-I'm-told hypochondriac, but I can't help it...I was born this way!

18 comments:

  1. i feel awful for tiny!! i slammed my finger in a truck door and thought the world was coming to an end... and that happened when i was 23 years old!! that looks so painful! my advice? do what my dad did when he couldn't get us to go to sleep and give her some nyquil. this will help ease the pain, and you're still "technically" within the word of wisdom.

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  2. Damn for such a little girl, that child has some big feet. Oh she was just fine at my house last night, jumping on the tramoline and all! If you wouldn't have told me what was under that shoe, I never would have known.

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  3. Aw poor thing. I hope the pain goes away.

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  4. Bless her little heart! And I totally would have done the same thing.

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  5. Ouch! That's horrible!!!

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  6. ouch. that looks painful. i stubbed my toe the other day and screamed bloody murder, and i am 24!

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  7. YOU... are a Hypochondriac? How did I not know this? Wait... YOU. The one who teases her own mother for this exact thing?
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    K, sorry... I do feel bad for the wee one. But, I'm laughing hysterically at YOU. I just hope she doesn't start to sneeze, caugh or breath funny or there goes another $25 down the TOILET! Do you LIKE the ER? Listen to Willydo next time sweety.

    Send me a picture when her toenail falls off. That's what mine did when my mom opened a HUGE glass door over my foot when I was little!

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  8. OUCH! Man, that poor baby did whack her toe. My son did the same thing to he thumb with a huge rock, that he had NO business holding at the age of 2.

    I still haven't gotten back any where near award status.

    Hope she feels better.

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  9. I'm the same way as you, and I get made fun of by my family because of how over-protective of my little one I am. When she gets hurt it's worse for me than for her ;-)

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  10. Awwww....

    As I was reading, I was thinking, "Yeah, but even if it is broken, there is nothing they could do for it" - let me know if you need my number as a second opinion from your dad.

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  11. Oh I feel so bad for tiny! I saw the picture before I read the post and it looks like it hurts. Give Tiny an extra hug for me.

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  12. H/O...that made me sick to my stomach. I can't deal with toe nail pain!

    Ugh!

    Poor Tiny One!

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  13. What, they couldn't put a cast on it? No really, it sounds a lot like the 3 hour trip to the after hours clinic I made a few weeks ago to hear "Yep, she's got a stomach virus. Not much we can do. When you feel like bringing her in for dehydration, call the pediatrician." Yea! I @#%$%@ love doctors!

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  14. Poor baby! I would have done the same thing...they need a specific hypocondriac waiting room at the ER. I'd be there daily.

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  15. OMG - that looks awful. I would have exposed her to unnecessary radiation too.

    Toe pain sucks big toes. :( I'm sorry.

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  16. TRUST ME... THERE'S NO FRACTURE IN THAT TOE. THE DOC WAS JUST OVER READING THE "RADIATION EXPOSURE PICTOGRAPH" JUST SO YOU WOULD FEEL YOU DID THE RIGHT THING.. BTW
    DID YOU TELL THEM WHAT THE DOC HAD TOLD YOU A COUPLE HOURS BEFORE???????????

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Oh come on-- the least you can do is say HELLO!! You didn't come all this way to turn around and walk away, did you? DID YOU??