Friday, December 07, 2007

Staples Gone!

This was no small task. The poor little chick, he went through more today than any little two year old boy should. The removal of staples in a wound is usually a very simple procedure but not today. It seemed that the staples were not put in correctly. I thought it was strange that I could hardly see them, but I also thought it had just scabbed over them. The doctor tried to take them out but one of them was in the wound and had healed into the skin. Yes! It was as bad as that sounded. Chick #4 cried so hard that he broke some capillaries around his right eye. I could not hold him alone so a nurse came to help and then another came. He is a strong little guy. The doctor than tried to numb it up a little and Chick #4 let out a wail again. He than said that they would sedate him a little and numb it so they could do surgery to get it. Now this was not full blown surgery, they just had to make a small cut to get the second staple out. (By the way, the first needed to be taken out also.) Then it was on to the hospital part and out of the clinic area. Little chick #4 had to drink a little tiny cup of juice that had the sedative in it. The nurse was impatient, but with a two year old, you have to let them drink it at the own pace. I could not pour it down his throat. Then I sat in a room with him till he got a little loopy. I could tell the meds started to work because he said he could not see the TV and his speech was slurring. I then carried him to the room where they would take the staples out. The nurse wrapped him, tightly, in a blanket. He thought he was just getting all comfy cozy for a nap. Then nurse firmly held his head and I held everything else. Then the nurse told me, "Now get ready because he is going to bust loose." WOW! He screamed and writhed even though they had given him drugs. The doctor felt so bad that this cute little boy had to go through all of that. In the end they did get the two little staples out and it looks just as bad as it did last Saturday. I should have just kept him at home and let God heal it in his own way. From now on I will not run my children down to the little hospital and I will go with my mama gut feeling. He is all back to normal now and playing happily. At least the sedative they gave him made him forget a little of what happened. Let me add just one more thing. It is not easy carrying a woozy 40 pound two year old. During the worst of it I could not let him sit by himself. Chick #1 and #2 had to help support him while he was sitting in a chair so I could put my coat on. The other chicks were very brave during this. The nurse let them sit in a waiting room and watch TV while I took care of Chick #4. Chick #1 said that she almost started to cry when she heard him screaming. I wonder if he was heard through the whole hospital. He started out being so brave but once they started digging in his head that quickly vanished. I do not blame him.

6 comments:

Presbytera said...

Aw, poor little chick. It's not supposed to be that way for our little chicks. Give him a smooch for me.

Nana Porcupine said...

OH MY, who would have guessed that would be such a traumatic experience. My heart goes out to all of you but especially to my chick #1(the Hen) who had to watch, hold him down and be very brave for chick #4's sake. I am so glad it is over and pray that he will not remember. I bet you felt like giving him one of his Christmas gifts, or did you?
Much love to all of you!

Just us Wryms said...

Aw, give him a hug from us too, it's so hard to see little guys going through such stuff, better have somebody give you a hug too, mommy's job isn't easy either.

Marie N. said...

I have had to hold a child for a procedure too. It is horrid. I'm so relieved for you all that he is better now.

AmusedMomma said...

Oh my goodness what an awful experience! Glad it's all over for the both of you and for the other children who were so concerned for their brother. Ya gotta wonder when the cure is worse than the problem...

Caroline said...

Poor little chick...the very day after I read this, a boy at school wacked his head at recess. His grandma thought he would need a butterfly bandage but mom wanted to take him in -- staples! I'm so afraid he'll have your experience.