Sunday, April 14, 2013

Oy, That Oldest Urchin!

I spent two and a half hours this morning at the local urgent care facility with the oldest Urchin, who is now eight. That girl. I'm telling you, it's a wonder I don't have more grey hair than I already do. Some of you remember the emergency appendectomy of last summer where what could go wrong did. And The Lyme disease of the summer before that. And the never-explained illness of her kindergarten year, complete with lots of blood work, head x-ray and cat scan.

So here's the latest saga. On Friday morning at school, she apparently found a bug in her hair and ripped it out. She went to the nurse because it left a mark. Nurse applied antibiotic ointment and the Urchin remembered to tell me about it. I checked it out, and there was a red mark and possibly a scab. Saturday comes and goes with me checking it periodically. Saturday night I finally decide I don't think it's a scab.

And it's not. It's insect mouth parts.

Which I try with no success to remove. So I apply liberal amounts of ichthamol (which reminds me of the living sludge from Creep Show*) in a hail Mary attempt to draw out said insect mouth parts.

Icky, icky, ichthamol.

* Not for the weakly constituted. This clip is really gross.

It was a long, hard, painful extraction, in which that brave little toaster only said "ow" twice, and I'm happy to report that all visible bug parts have been removed. Sigh. Here's hoping tomorrow's a little less adventurous.

So how was your weekend?


Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Sounds very ichy. We're dealing with a medical mystery now with one of my sons. He's 22 so don't expect it to get easier in the decade.

M.J. Fifield said...

Well, my weekend thankfully didn't involve any insect mouth parts, so it was pretty good.

Susan's right...that does sound very itchy.

Keeping my fingers crossed for you for that less adventurous day.

Ava Quinn said...

Oooh. Sorry to hear that, Sue. Hope the mystery is soon solved and resolved.

Ava Quinn said...

Yeah, any weekend that doesn't involve insect mouth parts embedded in your scalp, I'd call a win.

Thanks. Today was a bit less adventurous.

Lexa Cain said...

Oh, your poor brave Urchin. It must have been awful and I hope she's alright.
I've seen that sludge monster - he's in half the puddles in Egypt, which are usually filled with garbage and sewage. They have a liberal attitude toward littering and overflowing septic tanks here. The super low humidity and inferno-like heat does dry it all up pretty quick, though things will be overflowing again soon...

Ava Quinn said...

Thanks, Lexa. It's been interesting, that's for sure.

And Oy! I'd hate to have that thing lurking in every puddle around every corner! lol. It would give me the heebie jeebies, and I'd insist on wearing steel-toed boots whenever I was out!

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