Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Doo Dah did it again!

Image from here
Doo Dah managed to get two of his fingers jammed in the car door last Friday. There was such a huge indent in them and they swelled immediately and he would not let me get ice onto them.

It was a stressful moment. I had to make a quick decision about whether or not he needed an x-ray.

We had just arrived home from playgroup for the twin's daytime nap when the incident occurred so they were less than ready for a trip the hospital but the Geege was doing the Oxfam Trailwalker and not available to help.

It was one o'clock and Nugget would need to be picked up from school at 3.10pm.

My last effort at the emergency department had me thinking the worst.

Decisions, decisions.

So many thoughts running through my head while my little mate screamed and refused my rusty first aid.

I took another look at the fingers and decided that I needed to be sure that nothing major was wrong. I know kid's bones are flexible but how can you crush your fingers like that and not cause any damage?

Off we went. Neither of the twin's had their shoes on (they have an annoying habit of taking off their shoes. Just because they can) and were tired and whingey. Doo Dah was holding his effected hand up in the air (that would prevent some swelling. Right?). We were a motley crew but we had arrived less than half an hour after the injury occurred.

We arrived. I expected to wait but we were triaged immediately and Doo Dah was given some Panadol (why hadn't I thought of that?). We were sent straight to x-ray. We waited no more than ten minutes to have the x-rays done. We wandered back over to the ED. Had a couple of games on the iPhone. Iced the fingers. Got some chips out of the vending machine for the kids. And then we saw the doctor who confirmed that all was indeed well and Doo Dah should make a full recovery in a couple of days. Phew...

A big gold star to the emergency department.

Another near miss.

We picked Nugget up from school as if nothing had happened.

Another day in the life.


A Farmer's Wife said...

Those little unexpected events seem to be just part of having kids, don't they? So glad your little man was ok.


Mum on the Run said...

That's refreshing.
A positive ED tale.
Hope the fingers are a-ok again.

Posie Patchwork said...

My middle girl (twin 1) got her fingers slammed in the car door too, when she was maybe 2. I had a great GP in Sydney, he saw us right away & said the squishy water locks on the doors of our 4WD combined with 2 year old bones were a nice combination to be damage free. Crisis averted. Ice fixes almost everything in our house. Glad your fella is all sorted & your trip was speedy, love Posie

Kymmie said...

Oh the joys. So glad all is okay again.

And yes, never a dull moment hey?


MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

So glad Doo Dah is OK...and you seriously deserve a gold star, Mama! Sounds like you handled that so smoothly...nice job! :) :)

Anonymous said...

I hate indecision in moments like this! I do the same thing: thoughts whirling around in my head, not sure what to do ... I think you did the right thing. Imagine if they were broken? Best to leave the diagnosis to doctors.
Glad he'll be OK.

Photographer Mum said...

Glad Doo Dah's fingers are ok - my brother deliberately slammed my hand in a car door once. All because I sat on "his side" of the back seat. No damage done though. Kids are amazingly resilient

1000 Homes of Happiness said...

ouch! Love the image of you trotting into ed with the shoeless twinnies, doodah with the hand up in the air...sounds like our crazy life. Yay for a short time in ed. Such a rarity ;)

xoxox Fingers crossed for a quieter week.

Nita Davis said...

It is times like that when it would be so nice to have a spare mom in the closet. Glad the fingers weren't broken and that all went well and quick at the hospital.

Nurture the Little People said...

Gosh what a day! My boys are often getting me into situations like that too, near misses and emergency hospital visits! Kids eh!


Naomi Hart said...

that is an impressive tale of ED expedience. go you!!! it's v hard to know what to get worked up about and what to let slide isn't it? i suspect it's a dilemma ill be having a lot in the future! xx

Diminishing Lucy said...

Oh, how lovely to hear that your boy's fingers are all OK...AND that it was such a simple quick trip into the ED...
Rare and such a nice surprise!

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