Thursday, May 24, 2007

blood simple

Nate has been waking up at night crying. It's unusual for him and it's difficult to guess the cause. It may be that he's lonely, or hungry, or had a bad dream. We try to let him work through it and fall back asleep on his own. One night he woke at about 5am and was crying. Hard. The crying seemed to get worse and I got out of bed, half asleep in the dark, to check on him. I could tell right away it wasn't a normal event. Even in the dark I could see a problem. I turned on the night light to see he had a bloody nose. It had bled all over. He's taken to sleeping with as many stuffed animals as will fit in his crib and every one was covered in blood. Jen came to the rescue and stopped the bleeding right away while I changed the sheets and pulled the bloody stuffy's out. We brought him into the pediatrician later that day. He's had a couple of bloody noses in the last few weeks. They were unconcerned. Everything looked pretty normal to them. They recommended we squirt his nose with saline a couple times a day. It seems to have done the trick. No bloody noses since that event.

Imagine this image but covered in blood and you'll get an idea of what the event was like.
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1 comment:

It's Lisa, y'all said...

Poor baby Nathan! Bloody noses are no fun, even for grown ups, but if you're alone and in the dark and crying, that's the worst!

Now, that's a lot of stuffed animals in that photo. I'm imagining him swimming around in a crib of stuffed animals just like kids in one of those plastic ball pools. I am not imagining a bloody nose in this scenario because that would just be gross and my imagination doesn't swing that way. As you know, Les's does. That's why we make such a great couple. Balance.

And guess what? you said "stuffies"! You are SUCH a dad!