Life by Cynthia: Scary Moments as MOM

Friday, June 10, 2011

Scary Moments as MOM

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I haven't written about any scary mom moments because up until now we have only experienced one.  Here is my story of my "Scary Moment".  It wasn't anything life threatening, but scary just the same.  For me, I think that a lot of it had to do with the "first time mom"-ness of it and the fact that I was there.  Our son was born on June 17.  On June 30 we brought him in for a "routine surgical procedure".  Since his pediatrician doesn't perform this procedure, a specialist performed it.  The doctor asked us if we wished to be present during the procedure. Without hesitation we agreed to be there.  The worst thing for a 13 day old mom is to hear her 13 day old newborn baby cry as loud as he possibly could.  Up to that point I had only heard very tiny cries that were so easily soothed just by holding & nursing him.  I couldn't do that for him in this instance as he was strapped down on the examining table.  During the heart-wrenching 8 minutes that it took the doctor to complete his handy work, I suffered the most pain I had ever endured. This was honestly the most tortuous moment in my life.  He wailed, his body shivered as he lay naked, and his faced turned from red to purple!  I wanted to trade places with him.  The doctor tried to explain that he was not in as much pain as we perceived him to be. That he was just cold and probably hungry....I didn't buy it since our son NEVER cried like that in the 13 days that I had known him!  I quietly cried as I held his little hand and I felt like I couldn't breathe. The nurse mercifully handed me a Kleenex....after the ordeal the doctor prescribed Infant Tylenol for any discomfort then sent us on our way.  We got him dressed, nursed him, and he fell quickly to sleep.  We went straight to the first drug store that we passed. They were completely out of stock of Infant Tylenol. I was upset. We left in a huff and was on a mission to find the medicine for our child. We went to another nearby pharmacy.  Walgreens.  Again we couldn't find any stocked.  Thankfully during this time our son was sleeping soundly.  My stress level was increasing and I myself felt my pain meds wearing off.  Remember, I had JUST given birth days earlier.  My husband went to the pharmacy counter to inquire if they had any in stock behind the counters.  The pharmacy staff advised us that they had pulled Infants Tylenol from shelves as a 'precautionary measure,'  - it was a voluntary recall by the manufacturer. This was more information than the prior drug store had informed us of.   The on-duty pharmacist, who had probably sensed my stress level, came to speak with us.  I was not only super hormonal from just having given birth days before, on pain medication, and having the overwhelming feeling of worry that at any moment my son would wake up SCREAMING in pain....She assured me that all was not lost. Thankfully the Infant Acetaminophen in the Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness Products line was available and would work as the doctor prescribed.

Thankfully, our son did not need to use the product for the resulting procedure.  We did use it a few months later when he had a slight fever and discomfort from teething!  The Infant Acetaminophen in the Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness Products line worked famously! We now think twice about our spending when it comes to buying medicines. We can save money without worrying about sacrificing quality.  Now we check before buying over the counter products!  Most contain the same active ingredients as other national brands.  Not something we thought about much prior to becoming parents. Some things you just learn along the way.

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11 comments:

  1. I am a HUGE Walgreens brand fan! I don't typically buy anything but Walgreens brand med's. Like right now I am currently taking Wal~dryl I believe it's called. It for allergies.

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  2. @ Valerie @ My-2-cents Thank you for stopping by! Me too. It helps that our Walgreen's is within walking distance! Ours also has a 24 hr drive thru, but we've never used it. I like to go in to browse and see what's on sale.

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  3. I can imagine the anguish that you felt while seeing your baby cry that way... I always have that same anguish just seeing my baby get her vaccine.

    When I was in the US I have purchased walgreen store-brand medicines too and I do love them! Especially this pain reliever that has caffein in it.. works wonder for my migraine!


    Spanish Pinay

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  4. @ Spanish Pinay It's tough to see our babies hurt. Mother's comfort is a great thing though!

    Do you miss living in the US? How exciting to live a life Spain! I get migraines too.

    Thank you for stopping by!

    Cynthia

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  5. First time visitor to your site! I love the about.me page, and I like your content. This post touched me because there were a couple of times that my child had to go to the hospital. It's always worse for the parents, for whom it's the first time seeing their helpless child in distress and being helpless themselves. Meanwhile the doctor has seen it a thousand times.

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  6. @ Alex | Perfecting Dad Thanks for stopping in! I appreciate your comments. It's true what you said about doctors. I wonder if he was secretly rolling his eyes and thinking to himself: "what a drama queen"! :)

    I really do LOVE About.me. Nobody seems to believe me! My hubby and ONE friend signed up but no one seems to recognize the brilliance of it. Until you! Thank you.

    I've blogged about it even! Here's my post on About.me Hope it helps!

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  7. I completely understand your pain! When I was in the hospital after giving birth to my son, they took him away for a "minor" procedure. I cried the whole time he was gone, because of thinking what he was going through.

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  8. @ momof2 I'm sure that must have been the toughest few moments and probably felt like a lifetime before he was back in your arms! Thank you for sharing.

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  9. After my 2nd daughter was born we ended up in the hospital the next week with a high fever that wouldn't go away. They had to do three spinal taps on her. I should have gone to watch, but I couldn't. The waiting was excruciating too.

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  10. I also went through the frustration of finding children's meds. Thankfully the store brand worked! Following from MBC. Feel free to visit me at
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  11. @ Grumpy Grateful Mom How terrifying for your little one to have a fever that wouldn't break! 3 spinal taps?! I honestly don't know if I could be present for that...Thank you for sharing.

    @ Catrina Thank you for visiting from MBC. I'm thankful for store brands - it does save a little, and every little bit counts.

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