This was not what I had in mind (sorry long...) FINAL UPDATE

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by wanda047, May 3, 2009.

  1. wanda047

    wanda047 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2009
    Hardy, Arkansas
    I have been looking forward to my first hatching for 3 weeks... lovingly tending to my eggs each day in anticipation of that first little pip. Thankfully I was able to see my first baby emerge (day 20) yesterday morning, healthy and robust! Then disaster hit... [​IMG]

    My 2 yr old Aydan, got his finger caught in the sliding glass door to my deck 6 days ago. The first couple of days it just looked like a "finger smashed in a door". By day 3, it was apparent something wasn't right. It was swollen and red. My hubby and I thought maybe the finger was broken and took Aydan to the doc. No broken bone, but doc said it did appear to be infected. Antibiotics were started.

    Day 5, the finger is turning black, the swelling undescribable, and now... there is pus and blood pouring out of the side of his finger. Aydan is screaming in pain. I call his doc who is out of town- he sends me to Urgent Care. Doctor at Urgent Care took one look at it and told me to find a hospital. There are three hospitals within 1- 1 1/2 hr. drive. I chose the closest. Upon entering that Emergency Room, the doctor informed me that Aydan needed to be sent to the Children's Hospital in Little Rock. It's after midnight and Aydan and I are both exhausted. It's raining and Little Rock is still a 2 hour drive away. I begged for another option. After several phone calls, a local pediatrican and orthopedic surgeon agree to take the case.

    My husband and I were in a state of shock when informed about 3 a.m. that Aydan was going to surgery. [​IMG] I can't believe this is happening. At the same time... I had chicks hatching, an hour away and nobody home! My 11-yr-old had spent the night at a friend's house and it took several attempts to contact her and have her taken home. By this time my 17-yr-old was also at home. Phone instructions were given to both children on how to turn the eggs, tend to the babies in the incubator, etc. Talk about STRESS!!

    Aydan came through surgery without losing his finger (or part of it) as we had feared. But he's not through the woods yet. It's going to be a long week as we are struggling with staph infection and tissue damage and we are told to expect him to have to return to surgery in the next day or two.

    In the meantime, the kids at home have done a great job! I now have 5 out of 7 eggs hatched (MF and Cochins). #6 has pipped. I think #7 quit developing during week 2, but never threw it out. My other incubator has 41 eggs in it which have to be hand turned, a dozen turkey eggs due to arrive at the PO in the morning, and silkie eggs due to arrive in the next day or two. I can only hope the new baby chicks are tough... they're being tended to by two children who have no idea what they're doing. Mom's instructions? "Don't touch... call Mom before you do anything I haven't told you to do!"

    My little Aydan could use some prayers! We have a long week ahead of us and like I said, he isn't out of the woods yet, but he's a little fighter! I have my computer with me at the hospital, so I can keep up with BYC and what's going on... it's just like having you guys here with me [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 5, 2009
  2. I have WHAT in my yard?

    I have WHAT in my yard? Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2008
    Eggberg, PA
    Poor baby! How scary for you all. [​IMG]

    Much good will coming your way!
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
  4. Whispering Winds

    Whispering Winds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wow! You sure have had a rough week! I hope things are better and your little boys finger is healing. Aren't these infections just terrifying? Kudos to your bigger kids for doing such a good job with the eggs. I know they took second place to your little boy, but you hate to lose them after all that work of getting them to the hatching point!!! Keep us posted about everyone!!!
  5. Godsgrl

    Godsgrl Ostrich wrangler

    Aug 27, 2007
    at the zoo usually
    I'm so sorry to hear about Aydan. Poor little guy, I hope he heals up quickly from his owie.

    Barnyard had something like this happen with her first hatch. Her son fell off the trampoline, and broke his arm. She had to leave all her hatching babies, and rush to the ER.

    Wishing Aydan a quick recovery. [​IMG]
  6. baldie

    baldie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2008
    Douglas, MA
    Holy Moly!! I am sure those cute fluffy butts will cheer you guys all up!! [​IMG]
  7. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Almost sounds like flesh eating bacteria.... it can be so extremely serious... I'm certain that they have him on IV Antibiotics. If he doesn't improve drastically, you may want him transported to Little Rock. (There will always be more eggs. There is only one Aydan.)

    Prayers being offered for Aydan and for you.

    God bless.[​IMG]
  8. shortcake1806

    shortcake1806 Sassy McSassington

    Sep 11, 2007
    Wow, talk about stress, you poor thing. I'll be praying little Ayden pulls thru fine. The little fuzzies are tougher than you think they'll be fine.
  9. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    Wanda! I am so sorry to hear about Aydan. I hope everything is going to be ok. I saw on Leisa's Facebook he was having surgery and I was wondering what had happened.

    Poor little man.... Take care of yourself and Tommy too.
    I said a prayer for him and wil say more.

    We just had chicks hatch and my Cochin went broody yesterday!
    I bet your kids will be fine with the babies.... just tell them to NOT OPEN THE BATOR..... I think that is a rule, or humidity will drop.

    Sending love and prayers to you.
  10. Debi214

    Debi214 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2008
    Richmond, VA
    Yes - there is only one Ayden!!!! Thank goodness he and his finger are fine!

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