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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Three ER trips in 3.5 Years. Oh, and March Stat Check

On Friday night, Zaxxon dropped his cat piano on his bare foot in the kitchen, which popped the toenail off his big toe.  Man, did the poor kid cry!  Of course, after calming him slightly and examining the injury, we knew we needed a doctor to look at it.  So off we went to the ER.

They removed the last piece of nail that was hanging on, did and x-ray to see if he had a fracture (he didn't,) dressed it, and sent us on our way.  The worst part was the lydocaine they administered to numb his toe before removing the rest of the nail.  Have you ever had that stuff?  I have, when I sliced my foot open when I was maybe 14.  I felt like somebody was taking a razor blade and cutting my wound deeper.  Zaxxon took that about as well as any three-year-old:  by shrieking at the top of his lungs.  Poor guy.  He's already feeling a good deal better, though he's limping around.  He's discovered that he can skip sideways, though, which means he can move at nearly the same speed with which he usually runs around the house.

This makes the third trip to the ER that Zaxxon has taken.  He aspirated a piece of carrot just over two months ago, and that earned him not only a trip to the ER but also an overnight stay, though thankfully no surgery--he managed to cough it up on his own, and only stayed for observation.  His first trip was when he was only twelve days old.  It was election day--his due date--and I awoke in a panic realizing that it had been nearly seven hours since he'd eaten, and why hadn't he woken up?  I woke him and started nursing him, and then he had a seizure.  Or at least, it sure looked like a seizure.  The best suggestion (made by the nurse I talked to before arriving) was that it could have been a seizure induced by low blood sugar because of how long it had been since he'd eaten.  But blood sugar levels had reached normal by the time they tested him.  Since they were unable to find any reason for him having a seizure at the ER, they made all sorts of suggestions as to what it could have been.  The doctor even had the audacity to suggest it might have been hiccups.  I mean c'mon, I know what hiccups look like!  This was jerking and eyes rolling up into his head.  The doctor was more concerned with his failure to gain weight, which turned out to be a vicious cycle of not eating enough, and therefore not having enough energy to eat, which was why he slept so long without waking me for a feeding.  Nothing like that kind of situation to welcome one into motherhood!

With so many ER visits, we're starting to wonder if Zaxxon is going to be accident-prone.  Kal'El has managed to stay out so far (except as a passenger when his brother goes.)  This certainly makes for hair-raising evenings--and he always seems to need to go at dinnertime.  At least this year.  Having kids sure keeps you on your toes.

The culprit.  Look at that mischievous grin

Anyway, it's the first, and that means Stat Check day:

During the month of March, I wrote/edited on all 31 days
I edited my novel and began planning another
I made no submissions
I received 5 rejections
I have 12 (well, 4) stories currently in slush pile circulation
I made 8 blog posts
I took no days off

This was a somewhat ho-hum writing month, with the only landmark being that a new idea gripped me by the brain and didn't let me loose until I started writing it down--which also means that I've paused editing the novel.  But I'll probably write more about that in a different post.

Submission wise, I feel like I'm falling flat.  I had five stories come back to me in six days (not to mention three that I never got resubbed from the end of February), and because there are a lot of things I've been trying to get done recently, I haven't been able to muster the energy to get them resubbed.  I'm hoping to get caught up on that again soon, sometime in April, but it's always disheartening when they pounce on me all at once like that.  Life should get a bit easier come mid-April, so hopefully I can get my head back above water.

Happy April Fool's Day everybody (and no, Zaxxon's ER trip wasn't a fool.  Wish it was.)

1 comment:

Charlie Holmberg said...

I'm glad Zaxxon is feeling okay! That does not sound fun. :/ Here's hoping he heals quickly.

Good luck with the writing! Get those submissions out!