It's quarter 'til twelve and I just got back from the ER at Children's Hospital in Boston with my son Theo, and his injured thumb which was caught in a closet door because his sister thought it would be funny to close him in there.
It was exceedingly not funny. Thumb and child attached to said thumb are fine, as now verified by the fine personnel at Children's Hospital.
This comes on the heels of the newborn having been rushed into the Mass. General Newborn ICU just two short hours after birth with amniotic fluid in his lung, where he spent 12/20-12/23, getting out in time for XMas Eve and the better part of Christmas-- the better part being the part we didn't spend in Children's Hospital. Yeah, that's right, I've been to the ER at Children's no less than two times in three days. The damned people there recognized me *by name* for cryin' out loud. (Truth be told, they recognized Theo first. He's memorable that way, whereas I'm just a middle-aged guy now.) On Christmas, it was because Harry had an elevated bilirubin level and the asshat who is covering for our regular pediatrician insisted that Jenney had to a) give up breastfeeding for a couple of days and b) take Harry immediately to Children's Hospital. Children's Hospital then politely responded that it is entirely common for newborns to have even significantly high bilirubin levels, that Harry looked very healthy other than being fairly yellow, that the benefits of breastfeeding far outweighted the benefits of stopping and switching to formula, and-- in as many words-- there was no reason for us to be there.
The only bright side to this is that living in Boston affords us the choice of going to one of the best pediatric facilities in the United States... or going to another of the best pediatric facilities in the United States... or, y'know, maybe going to another of the best pediatric facilities in the United States... So, y'know, that does ease one's mind.
I just hadn't really banked on having been to *all three of them* in the relatively short time we've had kids, and really hadn't banked on the newborn having been to two of them within the first week of his life.