Sunday was an un-eventful birthday for Deeds. We woke up late because Gwen didn’t sleep well the night before and decided to stay home from church and relax as a family. Before bedtime Deeds asked for some mac and cheese. Since he wouldn’t eat anything for dinner Jer went upstairs to make the mac and cheese with him. A little while later I heard a crash, Jeremy said “oh no” and Deeds started to scream like I have never heard before. I ran upstairs and saw Jer frantically ripping his clothes off of him and looked and saw the pot on the floor. I realized very quickly that somehow the boiling water had ended up on his head (his daddy turned around for one second and still feels terrible). We threw him into the tub and started soaking him with a room temp water, I got to his face last. I called my parents and they came to our house and grabbed Gwen, I’m so thankful they only live a couple of minutes away. We rushed to the emergency room and after a lot of morphine (more than should have been needed) JD calmed down enough for the doctors to be able to get a good look at him. His entire face started to blister and seep and they couldn’t tell if the inside of his mouth or throat was burned so they transferred him up to the University of Utah Burn Unit by ambulance, lights and all. There was a scary moment where they talked about using a helicopter and I’m so glad they didn’t because it might have panicked me a bit more than I already was.
I was able to ride in the back with JD and daddy followed us in the car. By the time we got to the burn unit Deeds had become best friends with the paramedics and thought the lights and sirens were awesome. I could tell that the morphine was helping him a lot but his face just started looking worse and worse.
Once we got here they had a whole team prepped and decided he had burns over about 15% of his body but thankfully all of them were only first degree burns with the exception of his blistering face. There was concern about one of his eyes and his respiratory system but after some checking they both look like they will be ok. After more morphine they cleaned his face and scraped it. It was terrible to watch them just pull the skin off, it broke my heart. Once it was all over he was such a chatty little guy. Jeremy commented that he has never heard Deeds talk so much before, I guess the morphine lowered the social anxiety he gets around strangers.
After finally getting some melatonin, and more pain killers he FINALLY just dozed off to sleep with his trusty sock monkey, sock monkey pillow, blankie and a new teddy bear and mouse stuffies from the hospitals. He is still tossing and turning, and randomly opening his eyes but I’m hoping his little body can get some rest. Before tomorrow when he has to start to do the cleanings without the morphine in his system. Ironically YESTERDAY we sent the iPod touch into to see if they can repair it, and he has asked for it over and over. Who would have known.
The doctors are optimistic that he will be able to go home by Tuesday but will require a lot of follow up and home care during the healing., He will not be starting school as planned (obviously). There is also a high possibility of scaring on his face. Right now his left eye is swollen shut but hopefully it’ll go down a bit by tomorrow… I know I should be trying to sleep in this little chair but I think I still have too much adrenaline going through me, so I figured it would be therapeutic to shot a blog off before tomorrow.