Gory has been fed, has walked his required 382973297 laps around the house with mama, ate his O’s, berries, and Yo-Baby, and the first laundry load of the day is done.
Change his diaper, and get him ready for the morning nap (AKA work time for Mommy)
Put Gory down in front of his mirror in the hallway, his back about 4 feet from the front of the washer. Said “Sit right here, mama is going to grab this pile, put it on the shelf in the closet (7 feet away) then we are going to have our naps!
5 seconds later:
I hear HORIBLE screaming, and run 3 feet around the corner, and see that he has somehow crawled about 8 feet, to BEHIND the washing machine, and tipped a WHOLE BUCKET OF POWDER OXY-CLEAN INTO HIS FACE! I grabbed him, and the now 1/2 empty bucket of Oxy-Clean, and jumped into the shower with him, fully clothed, and started irrigating his face. I read the bucket, and it said to irrigate for 15 minutes, and consult emergency personnel. I grabbed my phone out of my hoodie (now soaked) called 911.
The ambulance, a fire truck, and 2 police cruisers pull up, and everyone flew in through the front door (that had been unlocked, thank GOD! The paramedics grabbed a soaked Gory, who is screaming and vomiting, and my winter coat, the Oxy-Clean bucket and a blanket all in one grab, and run out to the ambulance.
I run out to the ambulance, in full hystaria, and get into the passenger side. Gory is on a stretcher in the back, screaming with 2 paramedics, and the first one tells me to buckle up, and a police officer asks me for all my information. I give it to her, the sirens go on, and we rush to the hospital.
We arrive at the hospital, and Gory is not screaming anymore, and smiles at me when we are walking in. The doctors hook him up to moniters, and check all his vitals.
Why am I telling you all of this. My horrible failure today as a mother, for not watching my son and almost causing him irreversible harm?
1. I was told by the doctors and the paramedics that the only reason that Gory did not have serious injury to his eyes, face, nose, or mouth is because I reacted so quickly with the irrigation. The paramedics actually said that the majority of the cases they see like this turn out really badly, and it was because of my quick thinking that Gory left the hospital 3 hours later OK, with only some tiny burns on his face.
2. This is to PROVE to all the parents out there that think they will have lightening fast reflexes that they DO NOT! A baby can move quicker then you can imagine, and literally, it took less then 5 seconds for Gory to get into what he did.
Give your babies big hugs tonight. I know I did! And know what to do in case of a poison emergency, please! Also, keep the number for Poison Control on a speed dial on your phone if you are a parent, or someone that is frequently around children, you NEVER know when you may need it, and better safe then sorry!
For a poison emergency in the U.S. call 1-800-222-1222