Friday, December 4, 2009

Hospital Visit

We haven't posted in a while because we haven't had much going on...until yesterday afternoon. I went to get Jackson up from his nap, and he had broken his mobile. He had pulled on the plastic hook shaped bar that went from the crib railing to the mobile and it broke off leaving several jagged plastic parts. I wasn't too worried about it since the mobile didn't really mean much to me. So I picked him up out of the crib and put him on the changing table. And that's when I saw something in his mouth. Here is a picture of what I found...

So, you are looking a the part that attaches to the crib railing. The piece that I am holding is the piece that I pulled out of Jackson's mouth. The part that is missing, is what I was looking for. I tore apart his crib and room trying to locate that missing piece and it was no where to be found. So, I made the assumption that he had swallowed it. It was pretty jagged and the piece I found was pretty sharp. So off to ER I went (which was a feat in itself since Moose was at work). So he had the car and the car seats and I had all three kids with no way to transport them. So my mom came over and I used her hugh truck (which I didn't park straight) and the infant car seat which was too small for him to get us to John C. Lincoln Deer Valley ER. Here are absolutely adorable pictures of him in his hospital gown!

They told me that plastic usually doesn't show up on x-rays, but that is the only non-invasive way to see if he had swallowed it. So we took x-rays, but it didn't show. Because of the shape of the object, the doctor wanted to get the object out, so he recommended an endoscopy. For those who don't know what that is, they put a scope down his throat and into his stomach looking for the object (after the anethesiologist puts him under of course). After all that, they didn't find it!! So, A) he never swallowed it or B) it had already made it's way into the intestines. The doctor who did the scope said that he'd probably just poop it out but there is a small chance (about 1%) that it would get stuck where the small and large intestines meet. So, I am screening his poop and watching for blood in his stool and a distended abdomen (signs that it is stuck). At this point I have to assume he will poop it out, but what if he never ate it? So I may never find that little piece of plastic...I will have to post if I ever find it
Lesson Learned: Remove the mobile from the crib when you child startes to stand on his/her own.

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