Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Emergency Room Visit #2

"It's only 8:15," I said, to which Bart responded "Bedtime!" (He gets up at 4 or 5 in the morning, or something awful like that.)

"I'm not sleepy," I replied, "but I would like to curl up on the couch with a book and read for awhile."

We were sitting there, pondering our options, when Kyra screamed and the other kids began calling frantically for us.

It seems Kyra had picked up a small wooden box and then dropped it directly on her foot. The toenail popped off - what is it with this family and toenail injuries? - and she was spurting blood everywhere.

We carried her to the van and off I drove with her to the Arab Medical Center ER. (I always pull ER duty because I can't stand to be the one left behind. It's a major part of my mom-ness, that I'm the one there with them, and I cannot stay home when one of my babies goes to the hospital.)

They x-rayed the foot - no broken bones. And, since part of the toenail is still attached to the nailbed, they opted to leave it on rather than surgically remove it. Having gone through surgical toenail removal with our eldest, I can assure you that I was greatly relieved.

So we got lucky. They cleaned the wound and taped up the toe before sending us on our way. I was a little worried because I didn't have a ton of money on me, and overseas, we have to pay cash for these kinds of things. But the grand total for x-rays, exam and wound cleaning was 29 JD - less than $50.

I think my chances of curling up on the couch with a book are pretty much nil at this point in my life.


Kristen said... [Reply]

Oh Yikes, I'm thinking that I should probably know exactly where the hospitals are as soon as we get to post! I hope Kyra feels better soon, and just maybe you'll get that book read, or at least a few pages :)

What's funny, is that I told Jason this past weekend that all I really wanted to do during his time off is have about an hour to relax on the couch and read some of my home magazines. We didn't have any trips to the emergency room, but yea, that still hasn't happened. My pile of backlogged magazines to be read is starting to get obnoxious.

Becky said... [Reply]

Oh wow. Glad it turned out so well. Hope she's feeling better soon. Never a dull moment around your house eh?

Shannon said... [Reply]

Ow ow ow! Oh OW! I hope she feels better soon. And if do manage to get a few minutes to sit on the couch and read would you let the rest of us know how you managed it? As soon as I even think about it the wold world goes nuts.

Daniela Swider said... [Reply]

Oh, I am sorry you little one hurt herself and had to go to the ER. That's never pleasant for anybody but at least it wasn't insanely expensive. Hope she feels better and you get the quiet time to read.

Bfiles said... [Reply]

so sorry about your 2nd trip! Thankful it wasn't worse. Now that's enough of that, ok?

Anna said... [Reply]

Yikes -- nail injuries sound minor enough, but they always seem to cause so much more discomfort than you'd think.

Anyway -- thanks for providing such a personal insider look at (spousal) life in the Foreign Services! I wanted to post something that might be of interest to your readers -- the Foreign Policy Association is hosting a seminar this Saturday 12/2 in NYC about landing a job in the Foreign Services and what the process entails. This wouldn't be so much of interest to you, but it might be a good opportunity for people visiting your blog to check it out.


Anyway, keep up the blogging -- I'm sure many visit here to live vicariously through this blog!

Sadie said... [Reply]

OUCH! Poor Kyra, poor Mom! Hope she feels better soon. Puppy cuddle time?

Connie said... [Reply]

Ouch! And of course, it's getting cooler now and a hurt toe makes wearing socks or shoes hard :( One positive note, I have been able to use a credit card at the Arab Medical Center so that's one less thing to worry about. Hope she's feeling better soon.

Linsey said... [Reply]

Oh, Donna. Our FS life is never as eventful as yours, never.

TulipGirl said... [Reply]

You poor thing! (And R11 lost a baby toenail this week. . . thankfully, no ER visit, but still. Yucky and painful.)

Jen said... [Reply]

Yikes, hope it's better now! I agree with ER duty, though had a scare this summer when I thought Caitlin might need to visit them (rather late at night) and realized there wasn't anyone who could do the home shift...oops!

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