Paper my son turned into a weapon
It all started on Monday when producer Dana Thiede showed me a very funny video on YouTube of a baby that laughed hysterically when his dad ripped pieces of paper. We all sat in the newsroom laughing as we watched the video of the baby going on and on with his adorable laugh.
It all seemed innocent to me... that is until I had an incident with my very own baby and a piece of paper later that night.
I had just finished an Early Childhood Family Education class with my 3-year-old daughter and had met my husband in the hallway of school. My husband was holding our 8-month-old son who seemed to be in a very jovial mood. When my husband handed our son to me, I noticed he was so happy because he was holding a piece of card stock paper in his hands. In his excitement of seeing me, he waved his hands ferociously in sheer joy up and down with both hands on that piece of paper.
It was all very cute until he lifted that paper and it went under my glasses, under my eyelid, and straight into my cornea.
I can honestly say I have never felt pain like that before and I can't believe I didn't drop the boy right then and there. Luckily a teacher nearby noticed I was having trouble and grabbed him from me. My eyeball turned into a water faucet and I looked like I was bawling my head off. My entire eye turned red and I couldn't keep my eye open anymore. I knew I was in trouble.
I headed to the ER and they diagnosed with me with an abrasion on my cornea. They said cornea injuries are one of the most painful types of injuries a person can sustain. I can honestly say that I totally agree. It is a debilitating kind of pain that just dominates your entire body even though it's only in your eyeball. They prescribed me with antibiotics and Percocet. Yeah... this was serious.
Two sick days later, I'm back at work but I'm having a hard time grasping how a simple act like that could have such an impact on my life.
It turns out that YouTube video was a reminder that the combination of babies and paper can end in laughter even if my own situation did not.
Who knew that paper could inflict the worst pain I've ever felt in my life?!?!?!
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