****UPDATE- Thanks for all of your kind words, thoughts and prayers. We took Hadley downtown this morning, waited two hours to see the plastic surgeon who barley eyed her foot and basically said, "looks good, healing well, keep up what you are doing." We go back next week. He said it doesn't look like surgery will be necessary. It is a 2nd degree burn. We have to keep her off of her feet as much as we can until it heals. He said next week we should know how the scarring will be. If the skin starts to come back before two weeks he said it usually isn't much of a scar, anything longer, there is. He was optomistic that she is healing fast. Anyway, we truly appreciate all your prayers, emails, texts, and phone calls. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
Well, we had a scary, sad
weekend. I was getting
ready for a girls trip on Friday and needless to say, never made it. As I was getting ready to leave and finishing packing up, Gavin asked if Hadley could play with him and Ellie. I said yes, they play together all the time, never a problem. I hear a horrible scream from Hadley minutes later...I run to find her in the sink in the bathroom with the hot water only on. Hot water in the sink, how bad can it be?? Bad. We just upped the water heater a few weeks ago as we were running out of hot water when we'd bath and shower. I pull her out and she grabs her feet as she's screaming. I immediately can see she has blisters and within a minute, the skin has peeled all the way off. Raw, red toes. I call our neighbor panicked, he rushes over and tells me yes I need to go to the ER. I grab Gavin and Ellie and get in the car, head to the ER. Get to the ER, realize Gavin has no shoes on...don't care..we all run in. I am hysterical and can hardly talk. G and E are crying and Hadley is going ballistic like I have never seen. I just keep saying, "Her feet...her feet." And I am throwing my license, insurance card and credit card at the receptionist without her even asking. They immediately get us into triage, then a room. They tell me they are going to ambulance her downtown to the Herman Pediatric Burn Ward. As they are telling me this Frank gets there. He completely melts down as he is hearing the doctor say this and seeing Hadley get an IV put in her arm. We call his mom to come get G and E. They give Hadley a dose of morphine..doesn't touch her pain...give her another dose...still going crazy. Give her codiene and she calms down a little. As we were waiting, I get grilled by three different people about exactly what happened. I realize they are trying to see if it was truly an accident. I ask what the hold up is with the ambulance. They tell me it is waiting for us, but they can't get us in the ambulance until Hermann admits us. So the doctor walks in and says, Hermann is really busy and they want to treat her as an outpatient for the weekend and to go see the specialist downtown on Monday morning. So we were sent home with tylenol with codeine, burn ointment that has silver in it, and lots of gauze and bandage wraps. We've been medicating her every 7-8 hours and wake her at night. She is totally out of it. The medicine is helping take the pain away. She's been a trooper. The hard part, besides seeing her burn, and feeling guilty, is that she can't walk. They want us to keep her foot elevated. It is really hard. She screams to get down after about 30 minutes of being held. She wants to get down and play. I think this is the one time in my life I wish she liked T.V. She is not a television baby at all. I've been trying Elmo, Wiggles..nothing. She just wants to play. We go see the doctor tomorrow. Please keep Hadley in your prayers. I am hoping the doctor tomorrow will tell us it will heal, that is it healing already, and that she'll be able to walk again soon...and that we can take her off the pain meds soon. It is miserable to see your child in pain. I feel so guilty for not keeping my eye on her. I feel guilty that we just turned up the water heater. I know accidents happen, and as a friend told me, we are our worst critics...but still. I am her mother and I should have been watching her more closely. I never in a million years would have thought this would happen. So as you are saying your prayers tonight, please remember our little Hadley. Pray for a speedy recovery, and pray for her burn to not get infected.
San Diego Zoo
4 weeks ago