For anyone who thought I was giving credit where it wasn’t necessarily due yesterday when I talked about JB being such an awesome caregiver with sick kids, let me add that he is also, as it turns out, a fantastic and calming presence if it becomes necessary to take a listless, dehydrated toddler to the ER.


I surely hope that was the one and only time we carry one of our children through the bright red EMERGENCY doors of a hospital, and I’m equally thankful we weren’t there for something (even more) terrifying.

Oh, parenthood. My god, there’s just not enough Xanax in the world.


70 Responses to “Scare”

  1. Andrea (@shutterbitch) on March 24th, 2010 6:42 am

    Oh oh oh. My heart seized up when I saw this. I’m glad it’s not for more serious stuff, but dayum. I need a Xanax just from seeing this post.

    As an aside, isn’t it just awesome/crazy/strange/wonderful how we know you from the computer but not in real life and yet we feel so so much for you and your family? I love the internet.

    I’ll send an email to the Pedialyte people to tell them to change the Jack Black’s Taint Sweat flavor to something kids will actually drink so situations like this could be avoided.

  2. June on March 24th, 2010 7:01 am

    Hope the little mister is feeling better today. We’ve done that midnight-at-the-ER trip – hello 104 fever (this an hour after ibuprofen and a lukewarm bath). Sucks, doesn’t it?

  3. Ris on March 24th, 2010 7:12 am

    That photo! My heart is breaking. I hope everything is/will be ok.

  4. wealhtheow on March 24th, 2010 7:19 am

    ER = Never. Fucking. Good. Last summer my kiddo suddenly started falling down–just had a complete lack of balance, toppled over and hit his head. We had to go to the ER and get a CT scan, and carrying him back to his room from the CT scan all I could think was “please god don’t let my boy have a brain tumor.” THANK GOD it wasn’t–best guess is that his eardrum was pulled back in a funky position which caused the vertigo. But I’ll never forget the sheer terror of that walk back to the room.

  5. Marcel on March 24th, 2010 7:57 am

    OK! So my wife is a big fan of yours and sends me this link. As a dad to a dad nice going. Nothing better then having your toddler rest on your chest as you hug him/her with your heart.

  6. lisa-marie on March 24th, 2010 8:01 am

    Poor little tyke! Hope he feels better soon!

  7. ElizabethZ on March 24th, 2010 9:10 am

    We have yet to take one of our three little boys to the ER but I know at some point it will happen. My wager is that it will be due to one of them jumping off of something or flailing themselves on top of or running into something.

    That had to be no fun, I hope Dylan feels better soon.

    That picture! What a treasure – framer for sure.

  8. victoria on March 24th, 2010 10:23 am

    I like reading through the war stories in the comments: “Oh, honey, you’ve had it EASY,” lol. (My mother once had to take my brother & me to the ER — separate trips, seprate incidents — in ONE DAY. One broken arm, one puncture wond. Same doc. She kept saying, “I’m really not abusing my kids, honestly, I’m not.”)

  9. Elly Lou on March 24th, 2010 11:49 am

    The photo is stunning. Stunning. Glad things are looking up.

  10. Kate on March 24th, 2010 2:45 pm

    Awww…poor little guy. Hope he’s back his spunky little self soon.

  11. willikat on March 24th, 2010 8:28 pm

    Man. My heart is bigger for your stories about JB’s parenting.

  12. willikat on March 24th, 2010 8:29 pm

    Also: Glad Dylan is OK.
    And also: Xanax is amazing.

  13. Sonia on March 24th, 2010 10:42 pm

    So scary!! I’m sorry, and I hope D is much improved now. Just had out first ER trip with our son in December. Terrifying!!!

  14. lisa on March 25th, 2010 3:02 am

    We’ve been to the ER for numerous things but never IV fluid…poor thing, I cant imagine watching a toddler get an IV.

    Also- for as much sick has been going around your house how have you managed to avoid getting it? That is what I panic about when we succumb to the Stomach Plague– what happens IF I GET IT and am at home with the children. By myself. Whats the secret?

  15. Shin Ae on March 25th, 2010 9:14 am

    I’ve been in that situation, and it’s awful. I’m sorry you had to go through it and I hope things are getting better for you all.

  16. lisa on March 25th, 2010 9:32 am

    the picture made me teary eyed too! Poor little guy. And i have to agree, JB Does look like JG! I hope everything is on the up and up for your family, and Dylan is feeling better. You are blessed to have such an amazing husband and family!

  17. Redbecca on March 25th, 2010 9:43 am

    I’m so glad he is on the mend! I hope you and JB recover soon, too. This parenting stuff is indeed the hardest thing!

  18. T on March 25th, 2010 11:30 am

    I sure hope he is feeling better and up running around soon. Isn’t it weird how on any ordinary day you would give anything to just make them stop running and making all that noise but when they do it is just plain terrifying. We’ve been there before and I’m so very sorry your family had to go through that.

  19. Liz on March 25th, 2010 5:23 pm

    that picture says so much, glad things turned out okay with Dylan :)

  20. Nicole on March 30th, 2010 1:11 pm

    I’m so relieved to hear that your little man is okay. We had three trips to the ER last fall when we started Riley in daycare. One particularly traumatic visit involved me lying across my howling baby while they stuck an IV in his arm to treat dehydration. I too am very careful to be grateful that these ailments aren’t worse, but each of these little emergencies has taken years off of my life. Being a parent is often hard in many ways but there is nothing more difficult than loving someone so powerfully, so completely, so endlessly… and being reminded every so often that he could be taken away. You are absolutely right… Not enough Xanax in the freaking world!

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