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15 September 2008 @ 11:59 am
I won't panic.  
Last night I went over to my bro's house to grab one of my movies he'd borrowed and while I was there Junior popped her head up out of her bed (they have a playpen/baby bed in the front room because she'll climb out of her bed in the girl's room constantly otherwise) and T mentioned that she'd been screaming her head off since she came back from mom's after church earlier in the day and they couldn't figure out why.

Well this morning they found out why. She'd had a little cut on her foot from the day before because one of the older kids took her for a walk in the yard without shoes on. Mom had cleaned the cut and put a band-aid on it (I told her next time use the damn liquid band-aid I picked up for her) and she was walking around just fine so they didn't associate that with her screaming fit. This morning my brother was dealing with Junior and (little)A since (big)A went back to sleep after getting the older kids off to school and he checked on the cut and discovered a puss-filled knot (looks almost like a spider bite) and there were red-streaks going up her ankle. He and A rushed Junior to her doctor who refused to see the child because there's some screw up with the insurance (and oh there is a special hell for cocksuckingprick doctors that refuse to see babies because of money. Hippocratic oath my ass) and told them to take her to the emergency room instead. Mom said T just updated her and that as soon as they got one look at Junior's foot they rushed her immediately in back.

Yes, I realize in this instance that it was actually better to go to the emergency room instead of an office visit but that's not the thing that pisses me off. It's the fact that Junior's health - a baby's health - is not as important as money. Because everyone (ie: doctor's offices) knows that the insurance will pick up doctor visits after the fact within a certain period of time so they shouldn't have turned her away.

eta: I won't give the gross details (and trust me, they are) so let's just say they made T sit down because the man almost passed out watching (never seen such a macho guy so squeamish over body fluids) as it took three people to hold Junior down while they lanced it and peeled the skin back. She's now going for an x-ray to make sure that there's nothing foreign in there because of how fast the infection kicked in. T told mom he never wants to see one of his kids in that much pain in his life. He honestly didn't think it'd hurt her so much or else he would have had them numb the area first.

eta2: Junior is doing better, the x-ray didn't show anything in there. They took a bunch of blood and said that the infection was trying to go into her bloodstream so they pumped her full of antibiotics and gave her something for the 101 fever (I don't know when it started but I can tell you that it'd be hard to tell if Junior was running a fever because the child runs hot, the same as V). T didn't get home with her until almost 5pm and the ER taken her in back about 11:30am and he'd been to her doctor before then so it was a long day for daddy and his baby girl (found out that (big)A had stayed home with (little)A) and when I went over to see her she was laying in bed (leaning on her stuffed dolls) awake but sort of chilling out with her bottle.
moodswing: worriedworried
tarzanic on September 15th, 2008 12:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, man, poor kid! I hope the ER helps her feel better soon.
Kazkazbaby on September 15th, 2008 12:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I do too but I know she's miserable in there because she doesn't really like strangers holding her or poking at her and if it's as sore as I imagine she's really going to be phobic about doctors for a while.
like a vore turducken: reddy/inferno ♥♥♥apathocles on September 15th, 2008 12:31 pm (UTC)
I hope she feels better soon. :(
Kaz: Oh Fuck (Cameron)kazbaby on September 15th, 2008 12:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks hon. I hope so too. She's usually pretty good at bouncing back from a booboo since the poor girl takes after me and V at being a klutz.
twistedchick on September 15th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
Babies feel pain a lot more than anyone credits; there are a lot of nerve endings in that small area of skin. If they didn't numb the area first, IMO they're idiots. I can still remember what it felt like to have glass taken out of my leg when I was too young to talk.
Kaz: Comfort Me (John/Aeryn)kazbaby on September 15th, 2008 11:57 pm (UTC)
I can't see why they didn't either. I didn't ask him yet but I'm guessing that they asked him if he wanted them to numb it and he said no.
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Kaz: Alt Cameronkazbaby on September 15th, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC)
I was just in the middle of updating when you posted. Thank you. *hug*

And I agree with that last big.
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Kaz: Never Easy (John)kazbaby on September 16th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
Will definitely keep you posted.

I'm glad that T acted as fast as he did because it came up so fucking quickly. What's also freaky about it was the fact that it was a teeny tiny cut.

I'd like to say that this will be a good lesson to her and the rest of the kids to wear their damn shoes outside like we tell them (M had a scare with a rattlesnake the other day) but we've had small catastrophes like this before from one of them not wearing them and playing outside (no matter how much we yell at them to put them on) and yet they continue to do it.

Edited at 2008-09-16 04:46 am (UTC)
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Kazkazbaby on September 16th, 2008 12:57 am (UTC)
they're pretty good about keeping the kid's shots up so if she wasn't she definitely is now.
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Kazkazbaby on September 16th, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
(Yes, I did.)

ninja007ninja007 on September 16th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
and everyone always wonders why I dislike doctors.... Glad to hear she's allright now. That's hella scary.

Doctors almost allowed me to die in '87. The only reason I'm not is God and Mom. We worked all night to break my 103.7 fever. I languished in my bed for a month and lost 30 pounds. Couldn't hold anything down. The doctor's diagnosed me five different times with 5 different illnesses. Then prescribed valuim. Stoopid.

Kaz: Black&White (John)kazbaby on September 16th, 2008 10:49 am (UTC)
Ouch. I'm not too keen on doctors either but that's more to do with my phobia about needles. But there are definitely some reason asshats out there.

And thank you.

eclipsegigerisgod on September 16th, 2008 08:06 am (UTC)
Oh, man, the poor baby. Sounds like a horrible day for her. Glad it sounds like she's doing better now. Was it a bite?
Kaz: Comfort Me (John/Aeryn)kazbaby on September 16th, 2008 10:46 am (UTC)
Thanks hon. I'm glad as heck too since you know as well as I that an unhappy baby makes for unhappy grownups around her.

It wasn't a bite that's just what the abscess looked like to my brother and A.
aangelhartaangelhart on September 16th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
I find it bad, that in a country so big, they cant have a system whereby people up to a certain age (IE Children) cant have medical treatment free. In my country, as shit as it can be, all hospital / doctor treatments are free of charge. We pay a fee through our salary, but if you are unemployed / low earner etc, then medical treatment is free.
Um, rant over. I hope baby feels better soon!
lemonbombslem0nb0mbs on September 17th, 2008 02:13 pm (UTC)
Wow. When they saw red streaks they should have started antibiotics right away -- it's a sure sign of infection trying to get into the bloodstream.

Fucking insurance bullshit. I don't know how they can stomach turning away a child who is obviously in need of immediate care.