Family PIc April 2015

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Never a dull moment...Minor surgery at home

As anyone with little boys can imagine, there is never a dull moment here...wrestling, running, projectile items...LOTS of wildness.

Multiply that by 7 boys and you get a glimpse into our home.

We've had countless cuts, scrapes, bruises, 2 broken bones, several "busted" heads...the list continues.

And sometimes in-home minor surgery is necessary.

Last week, Isaiah was climbing down a wooden ladder in the shed, slipped, and somehow managed to catch his finger along the wall made of OSB.

The result:  THE WORST splinter I have ever seen. ((cringe))

The splinter went into Isaiah's finger, underneath his fingernail, and reached PAST the fingernail bed.

All I could think was how bad it must hurt and "what in the world are we going to do if we can't pull that thing out in ONE PIECE??"

Amidst tears, we gave Isaiah a small amount of liquid ibuprofen and soaked his tiny finger in olive oil.  Gregg recently learned this "trick" during some of his safety training at work.  Apparently, this is something that emergency responders do to help treat wooden splinters.  From what I understand, the olive oil soaks into the wood, acts as a lubricant to help the splinter slide out more easily, and also may cause the wood to contract to ensure that it pulls out.  Who knew??

After soaking for about 10 minutes,  Gregg gently used tweezers to pull out the splinter.
I held Isaiah's hand and prayed that it would come out - completely.
And, praise the Lord, it pulled out easily and in ONE piece.

Some antibiotic ointment, a Band-Aid, and 20 minutes later, you'd never know it happened.

The next day Isaiah was boasting, "It only hurts when I push on it like this!"

Boys are tough. 

Strong-willed boys are even tougher. 

Anybody who remotely knows our 'saiah-bug knows he is in the latter group.

I'm just thankful for answered prayer, tidbits of knowledge at just the right time, olive oil, tweezers, and SUCCESSFUL minor surgery at home.


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