So, my daughter and I were visiting my mom last night and she had me run over to the store real quick. I was gone for about 10 minutes and when I got back my daughter was crying hysterically and so was my mom! She said, "The baby got burned. The baby got burned. The baby got burned!" I was like, "WHAT!?!" I dropped the bag on the ground and grabbed my screaming daughter. My mom's friend was there and since my mom was too flustered and completely crazy at this point she told me that my mom went into the spare room to get my daughter a toy and apparently the only light in there is a lamp that is sitting on the floor without a lampshade! Anyway, I guess my daughter followed my mom into the room (without her knowledge) and touched the light bulb. I have no idea how long the light had been on or anything. My mom was completely no help in the situation and I was pretty upset with her.
I do understand that it was an accident and maybe on any other day I wouldn't have been as upset as I am with her, but just prior to me going to the store she had given me a ration of shit over the scratch on my daughter's forehead and a small bruise that she had acquired yesterday from a nice head dive she took into the linoleum. She was saying that I don't watch her close enough and that I need to put her in her play yard more and all this other bullshit. I was really getting ready to leave because I was sick of hearing her nonsense but just hen the Best Buy guys got there to hook up her surround sound and they needed a special kind of speaker wire, a higher end gauge that they didn't have with them, and they needed it right away. So, not wanting to argue with her anymore I decided that I would run to the Radio Shack that is less than 5 mins away and get her stupid wire and leave upon my return. I wish I would have just said no and left!
So, back to my daughter's burning hand...she was in total pain! My mom went to Rite Aid to get burn gel. I called my husband, told him what happened and asked him to call his brother who is a second year P.A. student and is married to an R.N. He did and told me to give her infant Motrin because it has an anti-inflammatory in it and to keep a cool wet bandage on it. So I called my mom at the store and told her to get gauze, infant motrin, and to hurry! When she got back she realized she forgot the Motrin! At this point my daughter had been screaming for about 20 mins and there was absolutely nothing I could do about it. Soooooo frustrating! Usually, when my daughter gets hurt I just stick a boob in her mouth and she stops crying and forgets all about it. NOT THIS TIME! She was in pain! When I finally got her settled down enough I was able to hold her hand under cold running water and she realized that it made it not hurt and let me. But then she would remember and start crying all over again. My husband had rushed over and after debating on a trip to the ER we opted on just going home and letting her Uncle treat her. he had all the ointments and everything they would have treated her with at the hospital, anyway.
After being bandaged and treated she fell asleep and was fine. She woke up this morning in a good mood, surprisingly! her little fingers are blistered and her hand is red. She's in good spirits and I think we will be able to make it to our scheduled play-date today...she could use the distraction!
As for my mom...she feels totally bad, as she should! My daughter is 17 months old she is destined to get bumps and bruise from falling down on her own. There is absolutely nothing I can do about her toddler wobbles! However, keeping a lamp without a lampshade down on th floor where her granddaughter could easily touch the bright hot light bulb is simply irresponsible and 100% avoidable! I am going to be upset with her for a while and I can't help that.
My tough girl! (unaffected)
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