Saturday, July 25, 2009


If I spend any more time in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), my kids won't be able to do anything fun when they get older! I can't believe how many kids have been seriously injured from ATV accidents in the short 2 weeks I have been there. I don't think I want my kids on ATVs - ever. They are very fun, but even with the proper equipment a simple accident can turn deadly.

So kids, stay away from ATVs, avoid climbing on washing machines, always wear your seat belt, and watch out for mom's abusive boyfriend. Those are just a few of the reasons I've seen that put little kids in the ICU.

This week has been slow as far as surgeries are concerned. We have a lot of sick patients to watch closely. If things get worse for any of them they get rushed to the OR. The only surgeries I saw this week were hernia repairs in little tikes. I was prepared to see a pyloric stenosis correction but it was canceled because the baby had an electrolyte imbalance. They will probably do that surgery on Sunday when I'm off. No call this weekend - hooray!


  1. WOW! that is some crazy stuff! I swear I would NEVER be able to work in PICU- it just breaks my heart to see little ones hurt. It's so not fair.

  2. Now you know why I was an overprotective mother. I think I always think the very worst will happen. Good thing all you kids had some sense of adventure and did a few fun things on your own - we've been lucky with the ATV's - good thing we're extra cautious.

  3. See why I am so conceren about being safe. Life jackets helments be careful. That's what I have always said to you kids. Love you Kent.