Sunday, February 18, 2007

Night in the ER

OK, here's the longer version:

Last night DH was trying to fix our garage door. The chain had come off the gear so he was trying to put it back on. Well, somehow it started moving at the wrong time, his thumb got caught between the chain and the gear and it ripped a chunk of his thumb off. I was upstairs about to get the boys in a bath when I heard him yelling something. I turned off the water and yelled "What?" and he goes "Get down here! We need to go to the hospital now!" I ran down and saw him standing at the sink running water over his hand and there was blood all over. I grabbed a dishtowel and had him put it around his thumb, then started wondering what to do with the boys, they were in diapers and the carseats weren't in the car. So I ran to the neighbors and had her come stay with them and off we rushed to the hospital (and yes, I found the missing piece, it was so gross, but they couldn't put it back on, it was too ripped up and covered in grease and dust). They got us right back into a room, stuck him with some numbing stuff, that didn't take very well, and got xrays and called in the orthopedic specialist. He also had me call his mom (I think everyone wants their mommy when they hurt, no matter their age lol) and she drove down from 1hr away and got there before the specialist who lives in town lol. Anyway, he finally got there after we'd been there 2hr45min and in about 30 mins had it stitched up and wrapped. He's missing the top from about 1/2 the fingernail up, plus some further down on the inside since it cut at an angle. But luckily once it heals he should be able to use it pretty normally, it'll just be shorter and look kinda weird.

Anyway, it was a very long scary night, I've never seen DH in so much pain. And I don't know how we will afford the bills from this, but it could have been so much worse. DH is now drugged up and I'm letting him just sleep today, poor guy.

(Oh and yes we did get pictures, but I doubt you'd want to see lol. MIL thought to bring her camera to the hospital lol, why do we always like to get permanent memories of that kind of stuff?!)

8 comments:

Crazy Working Mom said...

Oh my! Bless his heart, AND yours. I hope he gets better soon. Sounds horrible.

Dawn said...

Oh ouch!!! Poor Nate! That sounds horrifying!

Kimberly said...

I so feel for you guys! Our little Becca (1 year) lost part of her pinkie a few months ago. The ability of the human body to heal is just amazing!

Anyway, I know the heartbreak that accompanies watching a loved one in pain and not being able to fit it. You must be so exhausted...try to get some rest too if you can!

Michelle said...

It still makes me shudder reading about this again. I was in tears after you called me last night about it. I would have been a wreck so I can imagine how you felt. I'm so sorry you had to go through that. Thankfully everything will work out fine for him, what a blessing! Hopefully he can take some time off from work to start feeling better.

Sandra said...

What a scary night for you...so glad he's doing ok.

Rosie said...

Sorry for the mess. You didn't have a great Sunday either!

Rachel said...

How scary! I'm glad everything was okay.

Rachel Anne said...

Oh how awful!!! I am so sorry this happened to your husband! Best wishes for a quick and pain-free recovery.