Tuesday, July 28, 2009

What kind of Mommy am I?


Today, due to an infection in the wires that were being used to distract Gabe's head, he had to have his wires removed. The procedure is done, in the office with no sedating meds on board. He already has pain because of the infection and how we are going to use hemostats and wire cutters and cut back the wire on both sides of his head. Then you attach a hemo to each remaining wire protruding from his head and you PULL one then the other. Now, Gabe is probably one of the toughest kids I know, but dang it...He cried. It was rather savage to watch and probably more savage to live through. But he did. The areas did not bleed and the areas were left open to allow any drainage from the puncture wounds. We put some ointment on them and we were on our way to the Orthotist to have some final phase work done on this helmet.

By the time we walked out of the building, across the street and to our car in the parking garage he was bleeding from one of the puncture wounds. I rummage through my bag to find something to give him to hold pressure on this wound and I have NO tissues or napkins. All I find in my purse is a tampon and an always ultrathin overnight. I unwrap the pad and make it where it will not stick to his hand and give it to him to hold on his wound.

Me: Here Gabe. Hold this up to your head

Darren: Did you give him a MAXI PAD to put on his head?

Me: Umm, yes. I did not want him to bleed all over his shirt and ruin it...

Darren: Well, I hope this is the one and only time he can say he used a maxi pad...

When we arrived at the Orthotist office we all get out of the car. We are almost to the front door and I notice that Gabe still has the pad held to his head.

Me: Buddy, we need to put that back into the car.

Gabe: Why? My head is bleeding...

Me: If you really thought that people stared at you when you had your helmet and wires...they are going to stare and point more now when you have a pad held to the side of your head.

Gabe: Oh, Can I get a tissue here?

Me: Umm, Yes you can Buddy!

What kind of Mommy does not have a napkin or tissue shoved somewhere in her car? Poor Kid...


Gabe 1 week 6 days post op



Gabe 5 weeks 6 days post op



Gabe 6/24/09-Birds Eye View


Gabe 5w6d post op-You can see that he is more full in the temple region. Yeah! Not as much as we would have liked, but this will have to do...for now...

3 comments:

Kristen said...

That's awful!!!! Poor Gabe, I'm so sorry he had to go through all of that. On the other hand, you gave me a good laugh. Now we have a Maxi pad story to go along with "Nic's Balls". LMAO

Lynn said...

Awww poor Gabe!! Gentle hugs!!!

Wendi said...

I gave Cody a panty liner for a nose bleed once. He survived and he's still relatively well-adjusted. Gabe will be too but Darren may never quite recover. LOL.

Sorry about Gabe's infection. I just a can't understand why that boy cannot catch a freaking break. I mean, ENOUGH ALREADY, you know?