Snips and Snails…

filed under: Miscellaneous on July 31, 2009

What does a little boy do on a typical summer day in Minnesota?

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Stands still in a corner holding the wild flowers he helped his mom pick.

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Catches turtles making a mad dash through our yard.  Who knew turtles were so fast?

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He eats cookies that he decorated all by himself in which he used as much frosting as humanly possible.

 

Well.

Just so happens we were in store for a non-typical day.  While at the fair, Colton got poked in the eye.

We ended up here.

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In the hospital.

Cause the little eye poke was not just a little eye poke. 

It was a Corneal Abrasion.

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Parker accidentally poked Colton's eye with his fingernail, and Colton ended getting a scratch on the surface of his cornea.

And I didn't know what to do. 

So I drove north and just prayed.  I prayed with the kids and over Colton and asked for guidance and knowledge and a calm spirit.  I kept telling God I was trusting Him with Colton's eye.

I was an hour from home.  I ended up going to a hospital in Stillwater, MN. 

Upon looking at Coltons eye under the black light, we all got to see this.

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This is a rough drawing of the size and shape of his scratch.  It sure looked scary to me!  I guess they heal rather quickly on their own.

SO.

Now I know.

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Some people spend a lifetime blissfully unaware of the their craziness.  I am not so lucky.  I seem to be finding new and creative ways to show the world just how crazy I am every single day. 

 

Apparently, I believe that every doctor is trying to solve a mystery and needs as much useless information as I can possibly provide.  Ya know.  Like on the show House.

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Do you know who I am talking about?  That crazy extra that has a 37 second cameo on the show who delivers the very important nonsensical detail that gives House or his team the piece of information they needed to put the puzzle together.  Something like,

"Jerry once ate fish in Kenya."

or

"Alice stubbed her toe in the 2nd grade and has never been able to wear high heels because of it.  But thats not important is it?

or how about

"Bill did fall on his head last week.  You don't think thats the reason he's getting headaches do you doctor?"

 

So unfortunately, my conversation with the nurse went something like this:

Nurse: How much does Colton weigh?

Me:  About 40 pounds.  But he hasn't been eating his supper lately.  And one time for breakfast he ate 5 pieces of toast!  And then had an egg too!  Does that mean something?

Nurse: Uh.  Maybe.  Maybe not.  Is he allergic to anything?

Me: No.  Well.  Not that I am aware of.  He might be allergic to bee stings but he has never been stung by a bee so I don't know.  Does that mean something?

Nurse: Probably not.  Is he on any medication?

Me: No.  And he hasn't been on any medication for over 2 years.  We try to avoid them.  He does supplement.  And I watch what he eats pretty close.  Do you need to know what he had for lunch?

Nurse: No.  I don't think so.  Now, did you notice any blood on his eye?

Me:  Well, no.  But he could have blinked and then wiped it away on something.  And I didn't actually see him get poked so there might have been a little and then it was gone but you probably want to know if it was bleeding a lot or something.  I am pretty sure there was no blood.  Does that mean something???

Nurse:  Uh, no.  I think I have all the information I need for now.  

Me:  You don't have any more questions???  Does that mean something???

 

 

 


I may have just provided the nursing station with 43 minutes of laughter due to my inability to provide appropriate responses to some very routine questions.

Oh well.  Just spreading the joy here folks. 

 

     

  

UPDATE!

Coltons eye healed up just like they said it would.  Good as new! 

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  • Bethany says:

    Poor little guy! I feel for him. Tyler once jabbed me in the eye with a crayon. The kind that you twist up and down. Wow did that hurt.
    The doctors must have loved all the additional information. At least keep telling yourself that. It always makes me feel better. 🙂

  • ElizaBeth says:

    LOL I’m so the opposite. I only want to give them the info I think they need!! I’m glad you had a good experience in the ER and especially that your little guy is wonderfully made to heal itself!!!

  • he & me + 3 says:

    good grief you always keep me laughing. You are so funny. So glad that Colton is fine. That looked very painful.

  • he & me + 3 says:

    good grief you always keep me laughing. You are so funny. So glad that Colton is fine. That looked very painful.

  • janmary says:

    Warning – longish reply!
    1. Love the photo of your son and the wild flowers – but they appear to be wrapped in toilet roll!?
    2. Love the turtles – very cute.
    3. So glad your son is ok, and that the emergency room visit (we call it Casualty) went well – despite answers!
    4. LOL! Hilarious about Dr House and all those obscure facts which always solve the problem!

  • Amanda Rettke says:
    lol  LOVE your longish reply!!  Its not toilet paper, just some cream ribbon I had left over from Christmas last year!!  But that is so funny Jan!!  And may have even given me an idea…lol  I TOLD you you always inspire me!!
  • Dea says:

    Aw, that poor kid! Good to hear its nothing really bad but i hope it gets to feeling better really quick! The questions- to funny!

  • Kristin says:

    So glad poor Colton is okay? Did Parker feel bad that he hurt his brother? Boys! My Gavin is always bumping or thonking or kicking someone by accident, but he never seems to know or care. Once he finds out he says sorry, but usually he is oblivious! 🙂

  • BP says:

    Oh no! I’m glad he is okay. It sounds like you handled it very well Mommy!

  • Tina Fisher says:

    Too funny! Glad he’s okay. I’ve done this myself before…had a scratch on the eye that is…..had is patched (argggg matey) and the next day it was fine.
    You’re funny!

  • Amanda Jo says:

    Oh that poor little guy!!!! I would have done the EXACT same thing you did…seriously! I’m always a “too much information” kind of gal. I hope his eye heals quickly!!!!
    The flowers at the top of the blog are BEAUTIFUL!!!

  • Karen says:

    You crack me up!
    I mean, I’m sorry about Colton’s accident. And I’m glad he’s all healed up. Really! That comes first.
    But you ended with the nurse thing, and that just made me laugh. So that was the first response I typed.
    And now it probably sounds like I am not all that concerned about Colton because I didn’t comment about him first. But I really do care about him. It’s just the nurse thing made me laugh, and well, I think I’m digging myself a hole.
    I should probably just shut up now.
    Right?
    Do you still love me?
    I really am glad Colton’s eye is better!
    And you do crack me up. *grin*

  • You crack me up!
    I mean, I’m sorry about Colton’s accident. And I’m glad he’s all healed up. Really! That comes first.
    But you ended with the nurse thing, and that just made me laugh. So that was the first response I typed.
    And now it probably sounds like I am not all that concerned about Colton because I didn’t comment about him first. But I really do care about him. It’s just the nurse thing made me laugh, and well, I think I’m digging myself a hole.
    I should probably just shut up now.
    Right?
    Do you still love me?
    I really am glad Colton’s eye is better!
    And you do crack me up. *grin*

  • Laura says:

    Poor Colton!! However the picture of him on the bed in the hospital is really cute! 🙂 I LOVE your converation with the nurse, I swear this is almost the same one I had at our last ER trip…is this what makes us so perfect for each other or what!? 🙂 I’m really glad though that everything went so smoothly and that he healed up so QUICK! Also I love the turtle, he is so adorable! Did you let them keep it? 🙂

  • Gwyn says:

    I’m glad he has healed up! I talk a lot when nervous too and tend to give more info than necessary….

  • Gwyn says:

    BTW – Thanks for sharing in my special SITS day on Tuesday.

  • Tammy says:

    Seriously Amanda I absolutly love reading your blog. You lift my Spitit just reading what you have to say. Poor Colton i hope he is doing better. That does not look like it felt very good at all. So when am I going to get some of those tasty cookies you keep posting??lol.

  • Michelle says:

    Ouch! Sorry for the late comment, but I was cruising your site and noticed on your right side bar, ‘Corneal Abrasion’. I thought maybe you had written about me and didn’t tell me, then buried the post someone in your blog for me to find… j/k.
    Poor little guy. Just looking at his eye is making mine twitch! Did they give him that yucky antibiotic goop?
    Ok, I’m off to put drops in my eyes now!

  • vibram five fingers says:

    The doctors must have loved all the additional information. At least keep telling yourself that. It always makes me feel better.

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