One of my biggest fears since Jeff died has been the hospital. For the longest time whenever I drove by the hospital I would have these panic attacks. I would just get all freaked out. It would take about 15 mins just to calm myself back down. Last night I actually had to go INTO the ER.
Joe, my darling child, decided to do a lovely science expariment in the garage. Jeff was always right on top of these kinds of learning adventures. He would always encourage and supervise. Joe, unconcerned about the lack of supervision decided to take one of those huge water jugs, fill it with aerosol spray, and light it on fire. Said expariment is supose to suck a hard-boiled egg into the jug. Instead of sucking the egg, flames shot out of the jug and onto Joes hand and coat. Being the smart kid he is, he put the flames out by using the nearest mud puddle, the doc was impressed with his fast thinking, I was horified by the thought of infection, Especally because he hid this injury from me for THREE DAYS! At first he couldn’t even remember which day he burned himself. Finally, he confessed that he had shown Ben and they had googled “burn care” so after asking Ben we were able to pinpoint the exact date of the incident. Ben and Joe had been treating the burn the best they could without me finding out. I was wondering why Joe was being such a good kid, it’s because he was trying to avoid me. He walked around for days with his hand up his sweatshirt sleeve. I am such a good mom.
After discovering his burn, which looked soo bad, I cleaned it and used ointment on it. If you’d like to see it, pictures are on the flickr site. At 10:30pm last night I brought Joe to the ER. I told Joe on the way to town that if I freak out just to give me a hug. We got there and I did okay. We sat in the waiting room and I did okay. When we were walking back to the room, I imagined Jeff laying in one of those rooms and I started to freak out. I managed to catch myself and after about 15 mins I was okay again, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to work in a hospital again.
The doc saw Joe, cleaned and scraped his burns, used burn cream and then wrapped it. Gave Joe a tetnis shot, antibiotics and a prescription for more burn cream and sent us on our way. We got home at about 3 am.
Joe hopefully learned his lesson.