The McCleary Quadruplets

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Mar 10 2013

Matthew’s trip to the ER

I am sure many of you that follow us on Facebook are already aware that Matthew ended up in the ER this weekend.  It is never fun to make that decision and very scary when you have to take your own child to the emergency room!  I am sure with four kids, 3 of which are boys, this will not be our last trip to the ER.  I am sure you are all wondering what happened…let me start from the beginning.  I am forewarning you that there of pictures of his poor finger.

Thursday night after I came home from work I took the kids down to their playroom.  Matthew said he had to go potty and went upstairs to take care of his business.  He came right back down and about 3 minutes later he said his finger hurt.  I looked at his left pinky and it was red and swollen.  There was also a little white spot by the side of his nail.  I sent Cameron up to get an ice pack while I asked Matthew what happened.

Front right after he told me it hurt

Front right after he told me it hurt

Matthew could not really tell me what happened so I started asking him if someone hit it, stepped on it,smashed it and so forth.  I do know from years of teaching that it is better to get the story without these leading questions because it can alter their story.   Anyways he told me no until I asked if something bit it.  He replied yes and I asked what.  He said “I do not know”.  So I had to ask if it was a bug, spider, monkey.  He replied a spider monkey.  I chuckled and asked if we have those in our house.  He finally said it was a spider…a blue spider.  So I can tell he was pulling as straws but it is all I had to go on at the time.  There was no signs of puncture wounds, but he was sure it was a spider.

The back when he told me about it hurting

The back when he told me about it hurting

The swelling did not go down with ice and he was in quite a bit of pain.  We kept an eye on it and ended up taking him in on Friday morning.  They said it was either an insect bit or some type of bacteria infection.  So she prescribed an antibiotic and said we needed to continue to ice it and pain meds.  We were also to use warm Epsom salt soaks, Benadryl at night and Claritin during the day to help with the reaction.

Friday night

Friday night

I got home from work Friday night it did not look any better.  The white spot was getting bigger and the swelling looked worse.  But he was not running a fever and there was no streaking.  His pain increased over night and by morning it had progressed even more.

Before we took him

Before we took him

We ended up at the ER hoping they could help our poor little guy out.

Waiting to be seen

Waiting to be seen

They explained that it was an infection of the nail bed.  They would have to drain it and they would test the drainage to see exactly what the infection was to make sure his current antibiotics would be enough.  We will get those results tomorrow when we go back for a wound check.

Right before they drained it

Right before they drained it

Matthew was such a brave boy.  He did not feel the them snip it, but he was in a lot of pain while they tried to get all the infection out.  They had to get it to bleed to make sure it was drained enough.  His skin was so thin they did not numb it like they originally had planned.  My mom was there with Matthew and I.  We tried to keep him talking and not thinking about his finger.  I asked what he wanted for lunch and in the saddest most heart breaking voice he replied “Nothing!”  Followed by more tears and whimpers.  I asked if he wanted some ice cream and he did reply yes to that.

Once they were all done they bandaged him up and we got our home care instructions.  I have to clean and redress the wound 2 times a day for the first three days, continue the antibiotics, and pain meds as needed.  If he gets worse we are to bring him back in to the ER.  We of course are following up tomorrow at his regular doctor.

He asked for Sonic for lunch and he ordered a Wacky pack and we shared a ice cream sundae.  He ate okay, but had been through quite a bit and I was just happy he ate something.  He was pretty sore most the day and hung out around me the rest of the day.  Elizabeth, Cameron, and Zachary were very careful not to bump his finger.  He did play with them some, but he mainly played on his Leap Pad.

All bandaged up

All bandaged up

Lunch was his choice

Lunch was his choice

We have noticed today that his pain level has definitely decreased.  Which is a relief to all of us!  Our whole family has been worried about Matthew.  Elizabeth even cried about him being at the hospital and worried about him not having lunch and wanted to save some for him.  We have some sweet kiddos that truly love each other!  The bonds of multiples is definitely strong and I am glad I get to be a witness of it.

 

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  1. Lisa

    I hope he gets better soon… poor guy

  2. Katie

    How awful & painful that must be for him. Poor guy. Hope he is all healed up soon!

    1. Randy McCleary

      Thanks Katie… Yeah we hope he gets better soon to. He has another follow up appointment on Friday hopefully they won’t have to admit him and give him IV Antibiotics.

  3. Sarah

    How’s the finger?

    1. Randy McCleary

      Its looking much better. His Dr’s appointment is at 3pm today. Stephanie should be with him on his way there now if not already there waiting.

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