I had to smile the other day when Eric and Jarem were talking about what would happen if Eric was deployed.
Jarem: Are you going to be fighting the bad guys?
Eric: No, I won't be fighting, I'll be in the hospital helping people who are hurt get better.
Jarem: Oh... (long pause)
Jarem: Well, you better take some band-aids!
If only it were that easy... :)
Sunday, March 7, 2010
My initial assessment (once I figured out where the blood was coming from)was...Jarem's thumb got smashed REALLY bad. I called Eric to get his opinion on what I should do, then I calmed the girls down, and I headed to the hospital. Once there, we waited in the waiting room for just over an hour. His nail had been dislodged and blood was continually oozing all around it so we had it wrapped in a paper towel and he was holding it as it continued to bleed. He had a hard time not crying while we waited, but he remained pretty calm. Eric got there just as they were taking us back. After a series of x-rays and evaluations, it was determined that Jarem had a hairline fracture in his bone, his nail would have to be removed and reset, he may only have about 25% chance of his thumbnail growing back, and he'll need to take antibiotics to prevent infection.
They gave him 2 shots before removing his nail and resetting it. He whimpered a little when they gave him the shots, but he was very brave. The doctors kept commenting on how brave he was. We made it home about 11pm. All in all, we appreciated the helpful and friendly staff at Gateway Hospital and we're glad to have a good place to take Jarem that was closeby. Also, many thanks to Linda for giving Alex a ride home.
The kids were very worried about Jarem while we were gone, so they made him some welcome home signs:
Welcome home sign
The girls felt so bad, and left Jarem this note when we got home. As soon as we got home and we read Jarem the note, he went and found the girls and told them he forgave them. A couple of nights letter, Jesikah came to me concerned and said, "Even though Jarem said that he forgave me, do you think he will change his mind later if his nail never grows back because he'll always have a reminder that I did that to him?" I told her I didn't think so. I thought it was interesting that she thought about the possible long term effects of what happened. The girls have been especially nice to him since.
Alex gave Jarem one of his Lego clone guys, which was a real treat for Jarem
I told him now that his thumb sticks straight up, it would be really easy to do the "thumbs up" sign