Apparently quite a bit if it is a sliver in my son Jackson.
Tonight, (Thursday night – I am now posting in the wee hours of Friday morning) Jackson fessed up that he had a sliver in his foot. He showed it to me saying, “I hid it all day because I didn’t want someone to get the tweezers.”
But get the tweezers I did! I mean what else is a mother to do?
First I applied some topical anesthetic that I had left over from when Jackson had to have some blood drawn. After waiting a bit (not long enough, but it was already way past bedtime) I started the “surgery.” The main part of the sliver was large and easily came out. No pain. No screaming. A dream.
But, there was more in there. And this broken off tiny piece was deeply embedded.
And so the screaming began.
But don’t get me wrong. It wasn’t because I was actually digging around in his foot. No, Jackson would barely let me touch the skin let alone get near the sliver. With one touch of the cool tweezers against his foot, he screamed at top volume. (And let me tell you, my son has the highest pitch, most ear piercing scream you have ever heard. I am not exaggerating. I have taken a survey.) 😉
This insanity went on for over a half an hour. By then my husband Phil was involved too – but there was nothing we could do. We even resorted to Phil holding his arms while I attempted to get near the foot. All we got was a headache and I got kicked. And I am sure the neighbors were considering placing a call to social services as my son screamed, “You are killing me! I am dying!” (Let me reiterate – that all of that screaming happened with no actual tweezing really happening. Pretty much the thought of us going near his foot caused all the chaos.)
So – the sliver is still in there. We are going to camp on Saturday and I am worried about it getting infected and really sore. But what am I supposed to do…
I figure my only option is to take him up to the clinic and see what the doctor says. Maybe I should bring us all earplugs…
What are your kids like for slivers and other such procedures? What do you do for slivers that just will not come out? Do you leave them in there?
(I honestly cannot imagine what my son would do if he had a “real” medical problem. If this what a sliver does to him – oh my word – let’s hope he stays healthy.)