What a day.  Ruby had a boil on her leg (has had it there for about a week) so I decided to take her in to the doctor to have it looked at and removed.  She's had one before and they lanced it and that was that.
Her regular pediatrician was not in the office that day so we saw another one in the practice, who looked at it and said, "Yeah, I'm not going to lance that here.  It would be too painful without any anesthesia."  So she called up pediatric outpatient surgery at Emanuel (hospital up in North Portland) and explained it to them, and they said they could take care of it.  We spent pretty much the rest of the day in waiting rooms.  Some had toys, others didn't.  And because she was going to have to undergo sedation, Ruby couldn't eat or drink anything...and she missed nap time by a lot.  Still, considering that she was overtired, hungry, and thirsty, Ruby was a real trooper.  The nurses said she didn't cry at all when I left her in the sedation room.  That was tough, by the way; having to just leave her in there and trust that it was all going to be fine.  It was, of course, all fine.  They sedated her, lanced and drained the boil, and that was that.  Well, that was that on their end.  We have a week of stuff to do, like soaking her leg in the tub twice a day and using topical ointment three times a day and giving antibiotics twice a day.  But I'm thankful that we live in a country where medicine is available to most, and I'm thankful that Ruby has excellent state-provided health insurance that covers everything (at least, it has so far...knock wood).  I'm tired, but all's well that ends well.


  1. Sounds like a long and stressful day. Hopefully the worst is over. Rest well mama!

  2. Thank heavens for quality health insurance and for pediatricians who value a patient's comfort.

    Hope your 35th week is going well!

  3. My poor girl!! Glad things went well, all things considered! Hope you both got (and are still getting, ahh, time zones) some rest last night!

  4. I'm glad she's okay...and that you found the silver lining. Thanks for writing, Ruth


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