Tuesday, August 11, 2009

In Which I am Nominated for Mother of the Year

--or the post you have all been waiting for--

*Graphic photos enclosed. You've been warned*

Alright, I know you all want to know about the toe, but I need to preface this story, first, by letting you know, that I really don't beat my kids. Usually.

This.....


is really from three mosquito bites on Peter's face, and a nasty fall at Lagoon in which she banged her nose on the guard rail.


I promise she wasn't beaten. Please don't call CPS on me.

So, naturally, this......


wasn't from me neglecting my child, and letting him roam the neighborhood, barefoot, which resulted in him running in the neighbor's yard and tripping on a sharp rock, or dropping a scooter on his foot (I'm not sure exactly which story is the right one. He keeps changing it).
I really was on my way out to call TJ home, when I heard him screaming, bloody murder, and saw him limping across the street. Of course, being the incredibly caring and concerned Mother that I am, I told him to quit his belly aching and he should've listened when I told him to put shoes on. Then, I noticed the blood. Lots, and lots of it. Still thinking it's only a little scrape, I took him in and put him on the edge of the tub to rinse it off. (This part is gross...sorry). When the water hit his foot, the toe literally starting flapping around. I know, I know, but it's true.

That's when I took a closer look to notice the nail was completely gone, and his toe was hanging by a thread. It was sliced about 3/4 of the way through. Yeah, so technically it wasn't completely severed (but that was a good teaser, wasn't it? You were dying to know what happened, right?)



Of course, we rushed to the ER (thanks MB, for taking KJ for me!). The doctor came in to examine the toe, and to give TJ a numbing shot. For the love of all that is good and holy, I have NEVER heard anyone scream so loud in. my. life! And again, being the loving, concerned mother that I am, I started busting up. I couldn't help it. Something about the whole situation was achingly funny to me, for some reason. I know, Mother of the Year, right?


Three hours later, we were told, after x-rays, that the tip of his bone is gone. Just chipped away. The toe was stitched back on, and off we went.


To top off my claim that I deserve this award, I decided to still take the kids to the babysitter (broken, severed toe and all) that night and went out to eat with my husband.

Post your nominations and votes for me in the comments section.

24 comments:

Jami said...

In defense of your son's loud toe-shot scream: While I was in the MTC, I broke my toe badly (90 degree angle). They took me to the emergency room and gave me the toe-shot. Even the missionary name tag did not stop my scream/swear. That's a mighty painful shot.

Regarding your mother of the year award: your son is very lucky to have a mother who can look on the brighter side of a gory situation. Some moms would just have flipped out and fainted.

Kristina P. said...

ACK!!!!!! Bloody pictures! I will forward this post to my husband. He will love it.

And if neither one of them turns out to be a prostitute, then you are doing something right. Who cares about a little toe?!?!

Jessica said...

That is so gross! My favorite part though is how you were laughing in the ER. I'm glad I'm not the only one who does that. Every time Ava biffs it I'm trying not to laugh.

Jillene said...

Well--I think that I get the mother of the year award on a daily basis. Anywhoo--I am glad that you included pictures--AWESOME!! And I would have said the EXACT same thing.

He reminds me of my husband. He ripped his nose off his face when he was about the same age.

Annette Lyon said...

My daughter got stitches in her thumb this summer--she ended up with two numbing shots. Talk about hideously painful! Feet and hands are the worst for that kind of thing.

Glad it wasn't completely severed. Hope he has some serious pain meds. (As much for your sake as for his.)

Peggy said...

Gross. Poor kid. I think he deserves a whole pint of Ben & Jerrys all to himself. And Peter too.

Erin said...

Both of my pinkie toes are doing this weird tingling sensation right now. Yikes.

And yes, you are a great mother.

Sarah said...

Oh come on, who hasnt done that! H&H! =)

wonder woman said...

Eww. --I would've reacted in exactly the same manner. To everything. You're the Mother Like Me of the Year!

Instead of sharing a similar story here and hijacking your comments, I think I'll make a post out it.

Rachel Sue said...

My daughter did this to her finger when she was 6 months old. I imagine I would not be so traumatic for an older child's mother. But, though I acted rationally and held it together for the shot and the stiches and everything else I was a wreck after I got home.

Good for you, going out to dinner.

2busy said...

After all that, it sounds like you needed a little TLC yourself.

MommyJ said...

I was totally sympathetic until you said you went out to dinner...

Kidding. It did make me laugh out loud though. That was one nasty toe picture. When I was three, the end of my pinky finger was cut off in the car door. The doctor sewed it back on and it looks perfectly normal. There's only a small part of my pinky that is eternally numb.

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

OHMYGOSH SHer you have had a day! That took made me squeamish but I'm okay now...

I did the same thing when my son came running in holding his chin... told him to buck up... he ended up needing stitches!

Ryan and Hetz said...

Oh my gosh, I think I am going to be sick. I would have passed out if he were my kid. Wow! You do deserve mother of the year!

The Garden of Egan said...

Wow, cool! I took care of a guy today that took a table saw to his fingers. It was kinda awesome. Looks like the toe will heal well. Way to be mother of the year. I'm so excited to hear your acceptance speech!

Devri said...

HAVE YOU FELT THAT NUMBING NEEDLE? that sucker hurts worse than the accident, promise! (in your sons defense) lol when I broke my foot, I was laughing, it hurt like *&*@ but my hubby thought I was faking, he on the other hand is such a big strong Tongan wimp, at the hospital getting an IV, he was such a woose! I laughed and was embarresed to be with him. lol

Those photos are awesome! and I nominate you as runner up! I get the medal sorry!

Andrea said...

It reminds me of the time when Spencer broke his leg on the next door neighbors tramp. Melissa came and told me that he hurt his leg and I told her to tell him to just come see me. It wasn't until my next-door neighbor came walking with a screaming Spencer that I realized, "Oh, maybe something REALLY is wrong with him." HOWEVER, in my defense, (it seems like I have said that a lot lately) if they weren't always so dang whiney about the littlest things, ALL THE TIME, maybe I would believe them when they are ACTUALLY hurt!

Cynthia said...

Ugh! Yowza!

If it makes you feel any better, when my hubs starter wife was a teenager she accidently chopped off her little brother's toes with a lawnmower. At least you didn't CAUSE the accident AND you handled it properly and quickly.

I also tend to laugh in situations where it isn't called for but somehow seems oddly funny (I'm all about physical comedy). I feel bad about it after- not sure if it's a nervous thing or what but it's better than being a freaked out Drama Queen. I'm perversely glad to know that it isn't just me who does this- I'll join you in front row of the "Slacker Mom" awards because I apparently have the same gift.

I hope he feels better soon. Glad it was a toe instead of a finger. Toes are expendable!

Alyson (New England Living) said...

It's amazing what summer does to kids, right? I've had all kinds of insect stings all over my kids and this is the first year ever!

That severed toe, though! Wo! Hope it's healing ok.

Just read your most recent post and you and I sound sooooooo much alike! You need to move to the east coast so you don't feel like you're failing at the perfect Mormon mommy thing! :)

M-Cat said...

So where'd you go to dinner??

Oh wait.....this was about you beating your children and laughing at them in the ER.

You = my kind of Mom!! : )

AS Amber said...

I love M-Cat's comment.

Poor little Peter!! She looks so sad!

And Oh. My. Gosh. Thank you so much for the pictures. I knew you would not disappoint.

And you may consider your application for MOTY for next year. Just sayin'...

H&H!!

Omgirl said...

Hahhaaaha. I had to laugh because we left our 3 year old with a babysitter and went out to eat the day she got her tonsils out. She was in good spirits and had no problems. But I felt really guilty about it. At least part of me did. So if you're the worst mother ever, we're tied.

Kado! said...

We have had some horrible mosquito bites here too...they just swell up on my youngest...it is kinda scary....he could not move his thumb the other day...

EWEEE...OUCH!!!..on the toe pic!

tiburon said...

Ewww that toe just about sent me over the edge! I did kind of like it though. Does that make me demented?