I am a mom of three, a wife to one, and a crazy brain full of ideas.
The ideas aren’t always the best, but they’re ideas. I explore them, try them out, see what happens.
Sometimes I love them and sometimes they end up in the trash. Either way, I used my brain in a way other than figuring out how to be a good mom (which is the endless question).
Join me in my adventures and let’s: Giggle. Create. Be.
Why did I start this blog? THIS CAN BE TOO MUCH FOR SOME TO HANDLE….You’ve been warned. This was hard for me to write…something I’ve been drafting for quite some time. I’m still healing mentally from all of this while my daughter heals physically….the mommy guilt is sometimes too much for me….
After my youngest daughter was severely burned when my iron fell on her hand, I was having a hard time getting back into the swing of things. I didn’t want to turn the iron back on. It was my fault. I left the room to answer the phone. She was on the other side of the room watching tv. When I walked back in about 30 seconds later, she had bumped into the ironing board and the iron fell on top of her hand. She was 21 months old and didn’t realize to pull her hand away immediately. By the time I got over to her, it was way too late. I ran her hand under cold water (I knew from some medical training not to put ice directly on it) and we rushed her to CHOC hospital. They bandaged her up and we were referred to the Grossman Burn Center. She had 3rd degree burns to her four fingers. She had burned her nerves in her fingers as well. In the end, I think this was a good thing. She couldn’t feel the pain. She had two surgeries within a few days. The first was for a cadaver skin graft to prep the skin and the second was for her own skin graft where they took the skin from her own scalp to cover her wounds. She stayed in the hospital for 4 days, healed more at home, endured dressing changes, and now wears a burn compression garment on her hand to aid in healing. She has to continue to wear it until March 1, 2011 (then we’ll be throwing a glove-free party!). You will see her wearing the glove in the pictures I post. She has to wear it 23 hours a day/ 7 days a week. She has several for hygiene purposes. While one is being washed and dried, she wears the other one. Then, since she’s growing, we have to get new gloves every few months (they are all custom-made to her hand).
I’m not an expert by any means, but if you have any questions or need support if something similar happens or has happened to you, please contact me. I wish I knew someone to help me when this was all happening to my little one. It wasn’t like I could ask that many people for advice because how many of us know someone with a severe burn injury?
So, I started this blog. To turn my iron back on. To get back into the swing of “normal” daily life. To laugh again.
This blog is cheaper than therapy.