May 22, 2010

You ate WHAT?!?

My toddler can be a defiant little demon challenging - I've raised two other children through the toddler years, but I don't think I've ever faced the things that this little guy puts me through.  Drawing on the walls, climbing up the shelves, learning how to open my locked doors so that he can go for "walks", sampling my makeup, opening up pop cans, cleaning out my litter box (into the dryer no less) - nope, this kid is a one-of-a-kind walking disaster.

Case in point: Last night they were all playing happily.  Oh, who am I kidding, they were squabbling and bickering -- then I let them make forts out of the couch cushions.  This seemed to dim the whining a bickering for a little bit.  Then, my daughter got the brilliant idea of pulling out the little penlight that she got from grandma (yes, you, grandma!).  This was all cool with me.  I was doing homework and was just happy that there was relative quiet for me to study.

Some time passes, and then Adam walks up to me and says "Mommy, all gone." and points to his mouth.
"what's all gone?"
"all gone...candy...all gone"
"what candy?"
Adam proceeds to roll his eyes at me and goes over to his pile of cushions.  He comes back with the flashlight -- open and emptied of batteries.  Then says "Candy...all gone.  Adam eat all gone."

Suddenly, vivid scenes from that show on TLC about kids eating strange things comes into my mind.  One was of a kid who ate batteries and nearly died from his internal bleeding.  YIKES.

So, I call Health Link (a service in my area that has nurses to give advice 24 hours a day) -- they directed me to the Poison Control Center who said "This boy needs to go to the hospital now."  They proceeded to question me about which hospital I planned on taking him to and I packed up a bag and left.

We got to the hospital, and it was "Hi, my little guy swallowed a battery -" that's all I got out.  The nurse says, "We've been waiting for you, come on in."

*this never happens.  It's usually at least a 4-6 hour wait!*

He freaked about being weighed, he freaked about having to put on a hospital gown.  He didn't want to talk to the nurses, he tried to snag the doctor's pop, he played peek-a-boo with the woman in the bed next to us with the curtain that divided the room, he tried to run away 3 or 4 times...

Finally they call us for x-rays.  2 shots and it's done.  They spot the battery (just one) and tell me it'll come out as nature intended.

Yay for me -- I get to squash poop for the next few days until I spy a battery.  Fun.


C said...

Asalaamu Alaikum

That's scary! Alhumdullilah he's ok.

FlyBabySHE said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh the stories I could tell you about raising my boys...LOL Thank goodness the little monkey is going to be ok!

Hethr said...

C -- It was very scary, and will continue to be a worry until I see that little battery in his diaper. However, he's obviously not feeling any ill effects from it, as I'm currently listening to him run around upstairs trying to avoid bedtime.

FBS - Please don't tell me the stories -- I've got another 20 years with these ones....THAT'S scary!

erika said...

Wahoo for TLC - what a good excuse for watching tv. That is so exciting that you got to skip the line at the hospital - it is like the red carpet of Edmonton Moms.

Anonymous said...

Oh gosh! I am glad he is OK!We used to let our daughter put our vitamins and advil in our mouth, one day she (2 1/2 yrs old) came in from outside and said she ate the medicine that she found outside. Yikes! I drew pictures and asked if it was a capsule, she said yes! Ahhhh! They made her drink a charcoal smoothie. Yeck!
It's very scary what they can do without thinking or knowing.

Naomi said...

Egads!!! I will stop cursing the screws that hid the batteries in toys nowadays and instead be thankful of them!
I'm glad the little guy's OK but don't envy your poop squishing days ahead. Here's hoping it comes out soon!

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