I took an all too familiar drive to the hospital today. Nothing too alarming, but more odd I would say. This time to the ER, Lil Bean had what I now know is called, a toe hair tourniquet.
This morning when he woke up I noticed he had kicked off one of his socks. Then again when we were in the dining room eating breakfast, kicked off a sock again. A bit after that I was in changing his diaper and out of his pajamas and he kicked off his sock for a third time. Each time I just put the sock right back on his foot. In hind sight, I see this kid was trying to tell me something!
As I was changing his diaper he wet all over himself. No biggie, they were the clothes I was changing him out of. I probably would have just left his socks on him had he not soaked them too. Thankfully I took them off too.
Three of Lil’Bean’s toes were bright red and there was a hair, intertwined between the three middle toes. I called in the hubbers and asked him to help hold Lil’Bean while I tried to remove the hair, which was embedded quite deep in to my little baby’s toes. Lil’Bean was squeamish and wiggly through the hair removal. I was pretty sure we got it all, but the indentation was still quite profound.
I called the on-call doctor for our doctor’s office and he recommended that I take Lil’Bean into the ER to have them take a look.
ER! In my family growing up, we never went to the doctor. In fact you would pretty much have to be dead to go to the emergency room. In my youthful years at home, I don’t think any of my parents six children ever went to the ER.
I myself have only been to the ER once, and I only went because I pretty much felt like I was dying after three weeks of throwing up and not even being able to eat any food or drink any water, while I was pregnant with Lil’Miss.
Who would ever know that a strand of hair and little toes could land you in the ER. I followed the doctor’s advice and went just as a precaution. If there was hair imbedded I wanted them to be able to do what they needed do, to take care of my sweet little guys appendages. After all, the hubster has high hopes that our little guy will be a sports All Star, and that might be difficult if he is missing toes.
|Post ER visit|
As I checked in to the emergency room, the lady asked, “Now what is the reason for your visit.”
I sheepishly replied, “My son had hair wrapped around his toes. I need to get him checked out.” The check in went quickly, due to spending his first three weeks at this same hospital, he seems to like to frequent this place.
The doctor and three nurses (who all happened to be female) swooned over his cuteness. They assured me this is a common thing, just last week there was another baby in with the same issue. They basically did a quick check and swabbed him up with antibiotic ointment and we were on our way. The main thing they were looking for was if blood returned when pressure is put on the affected toe, going from white to pink/red again and made sure the hair had all been removed.
The hair cut the back side of his second toe, so we are going to continue with the ointment for the next few days. I was happy to report to the hubbers that he will not be loosing his toes.
Since I was already at the hospital I took Lil’Bean to get blood drawn. Yesterday we were at the doctor for his weekly weight check and his two month check up. He is now a heafty 9lbs 4oz.
While at the doctors yesterday we found out that his thyroid numbers were a little low when they ran his PKU heel prick test (which I guess is common in preemies). With the low numbers, they wanted to run a full thyroid panel to see where he is at now. I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity of already being at the hospital, and not having Lil’Miss in tow so we headed to the lab for the blood draw.
So the poor Lil’Bean has had an adventurous day. He is quite the trooper. We are happy he is such a sweet little guy, who seems to endure his trials well.
So have any of you moms out there experienced a toe hair tourniquet with any of your children?