Henry's Accident.


10 days ago our little Henry had an accident. It was Sunday evening and we were visiting Ryan's parents. We were all gathered in their great room chatting and watching the Olympics. Ryan's dad had just turned off the gas fireplace because the room was getting stuffy when suddenly I heard Henry whimpering and saw that he was touching the hot glass. It was as if he was paralyzed- he was in shock and couldn't pull away. Ryan was two feet from him so he quickly pulled Henry from the fireplace. I snatched him up and ran for the kitchen sink to run cold water over his hands. We instantly saw the extent of the burns and put him in the car and drove to the emergency room. When we reached the emergency room they whisked Henry back and gave him a morphine shot almost immediately to help with the pain. This sequence of events took place in 10 minutes but felt as though time had stopped.

It was traumatizing to see my sweet baby in so much pain. I've gone over and over in my head how we could have missed seeing him get close to that fireplace. There were 10 of us in the same room, merely feet from him and no one saw exactly what happened. We don't know if he lost his balance and fell or if he saw his reflection and touched it. Within the last 10 days we have visited the emergency room 3 times and flown to Seattle to see the burn specialists at Harbor View Medical Center. Henry has second and third degree burns on his hands, forehead and nose but he's taking everything in stride. He's doing better than me, I think. One of the most challenging parts of this trial is having to stretch his little burned hands 5 times every hour he's awake. (Henry's burns cover all of the creases in his palms and fingers. If we don't stretch his hands we risk him having limited mobility and use of his hands in the future.) It's a painful process for the both of us. His entire life I've tried to shelter and protect him from pain and now I am the one administering it.

Even through this trial it is easy to see the blessings we have been given. There are far too many to list. How thankful I am that my Heavenly Father is aware of Henry, loves him and has sent angels to comfort him. I feel comforted and uplifted too. Thank you for the prayers, emails, cards and healing thoughts you've sent our way. It has taken me awhile to update this space but many of you have reached out since I posted the news on Instagram and for that my heart is full. You are good to us.

For now, we aren't exactly sure of the prognosis. On Friday, Ryan and I will remove the bandages the burn team applied 8 days ago which will give us more of an idea how things are healing and how the stretching exercises are going. Thanks to technology we can email pictures of Henry's hands to our doctors in Seattle and they can decide what the next step will be.


38 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, poor little guy! Sending warm wishes your way, and hoping for a quick recovery.

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  2. Hoping for the very best for you all on Friday.

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  3. I felt my heart in my stomach reading your words. I can only imagine how you feel.
    Accidents happen. It's obvious that you're a loving, caring mom. I'm sure that comforts Henry so much.
    Sweet Henry is in my prayers as are you and your family. xo.

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  4. Sending prayers your way! What a little trooper Henry must be - and you too! Hang in there!

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  5. Oh this post makes my stomach hurt! Poor little man! My little sister did this EXACT same thing when she was about his age. Luckily it was just one hand but my mom had to stretch her little hand too:( I wanted to cry everytime I saw her little bandaged hand! But it's incredible how brave those little ones are! Hope he has a quick recovery! Sending prayers your way!

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  6. Danyelle, I don't know you but through your blog and IG, I have come to see that you are such an inspirational and loving mother...someone I really admire. My heart breaks for you and your little Henry. You and your family are in my thoughts and I will continue to think positively for Henry's healthy recovery.

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  7. I'll add Henry's name to my prayer list.

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  8. I am praying for you

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  9. Oh, I'm so sorry to hear this! I'll be praying for healing for Henry and Peace for you.

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  10. Oh, those pictures with the bandages break my heart.
    My now 9 year old had surgery on his sternum at about Henry's age. The healing process required us to clean and repack the wound twice a day for weeks. It was one of the hardest experiences of my (our) adult life. He screamed and we cried. The good news is that kids are so resilient and in a few months he won't remember any of this.
    Thinking of you and praying that he will heal beautifully and with full function of his hands.

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  11. Ack! Reading this brought back so many memories. Our third child did the same thing at about the same age as Henry. I surely feel for your poor mama heart! It was rough having to change bandages, cut off dead skin, scrub the wounds clean, etc. until her hands were all healed - and they did heal beautifully. Thankfully they are too young to remember any of it and will only have pictures and your words to know what happened to them. Hang in there!

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  12. Oh my heart aches for you and your little man. We will pray for him.

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  13. Oh I am so sorry to hear this. Little Henry's hands are in my prayers, thinking about all of you during this difficult time. Please keep us updated on his situation and recovery.

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  14. There's a pit in my stomach while reading this, I've been hearing about all this on IG the last few days and still can't imagine the pain he going through, so so so so so grateful for modern medicine. Keep the faith

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  15. Poor little guy! Oh my gosh, reading this brought tears to my eyes imagining how hard this must be on you, and on him. And how easily this could happen to us as well. It's impossible to keep your eyes on them at every second. My heart goes out to you and I am praying for a full recovery for little Henry. xoxox

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  16. We have been praying for Henry, and you too, and we will continue to do so. I can only imagine how hard this is. So hopeful that he heals well and quickly! Hang in there!

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  17. Danyelle, I'm so sorry you and your family are going through this trial. Continued prayers for quick healing and comfort from our little family to yours. xoxo

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  18. omg, tears. I have three little ones and just reading this made me get a lump in my throat. A speedy recovery to the mini mister.

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  19. oh no! Mom to Mom I'm sending you a hug. That had to have been so scary! I'll be thinking if you and Henry. I hope in no time you will be sharing how amazed you are about the resilience of children!! {When I was a toddler, I fell face first into a woodburning fireplace and burned the entire side of my face, and have no scars or marks!! Hopefully Henry has a similar outcome!!}

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  20. Danyelle, continued prayers for you and Henry. Soon this will all be a memory. You are a great mom and a strong person. I have the fullest confidence that you will both be fine!

    --Kristin in VA

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  21. I am so sorry you have to go through this, it must be awful. I hope he feels better soon. Rachelx

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  22. My family will be praying for healing and comfort for your little Henry. Esther

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  23. I am nearly 40 years old now, but when I was two years old I had an almost identical injury as Henry has. My dad used to use a blow torch to start the wood ablaze in our fireplace. He had left the blow torch on for 15-20 minutes to start the fire, then he turned it off and put it to the side. I came up and grabbed the end of it when it was red hot and got third degree burns on my hands. Same thing, I was rushed to the Emergency room and bandaged up, ect..My parents were told I would have scars, maybe disfigurement even. However, today you would never be able to tell that had happened to me at all. In fact, I even have no memory of it. The only reason I know it happened at all is because my sister recounts the story every once in a while as she is older than me and remembers it. I in no way mean to trivialize what happened to Henry, I just wanted to comfort you and let you know that maybe in the future, he won't have any scars or even any memories to prove that it ever happened at all. Your memories are another story! So sorry. I will keep Henry and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

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  24. oh my gosh, i am so sorry. thanks for letting us know; i <3 your blog. i will be praying for peace, strength, and complete and total healing for your sweet son. i know God, who is the Great Physician, is able to undo all damage and then some.

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  25. As I read your blog entry tonight my stomach dropped and my eyes teared up. I am so sorry this happened. I will pray for you and your little Henry. May God bless him and keep him. My heart goes out to you and your family.

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  26. Oh no! That is so hard--for all of you. I will say a prayer for him and you tonight. Hugs.

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  27. When my youngest son was about one year old he burned one hand on a hot stove. I was reading your post, and i really know how you feel. Every thing you said i once said to my self. The good thing is I can tell you my baby was just fine and so will Henry. Sending best wishes for all your family all the way from Portugal.
    Célia

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  28. He is so adorable. I am sure all the adults feel so bad. Accidents just happen. My little granddaughter at age 2 got her finger tip (left ring finger) cut off in a door jam. Her older sister shut the door on her finger....an accident. I know this isn't the same thing but wait on th eending. They found the tip and sewed it on. They molded a little cast for her to wear every day for 6 weeks. every night they removed the bandage and cleaned the area. At six weeks the tip had turned black and fell off. To our surprise she had grown a new tip and she even had a fingernail. The only way you can tell now is that there is a fine line that is where the tip was cut off. Little miracles happen esp. to little one. They have a different way of healing. I will say some prayers that his little hands heal well. Hope all the good stories help.

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  29. Oh, my heart goes out to you and little Henry!! My son had a similar fireplace accident 4 years ago when he was 2, but only burned one hand...so scary for you all, mama!! I will be praying for healing and pain relief.

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  30. Oh, this made me cry. I'm so sorry that you are going through this - it's so hard when accidents happen. Will keep little Henry and your family in my prayers. You all seem like the loveliest people.

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  31. Oh mama, keep strong for him! When things happen to our children we take on so much guilt. Harbor View is an amazing facility and the doctors there are the best on the world.

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  32. Met you at Robin's "Mom's Night Out" a few months ago... read this and just no words, sweet Momma. Covering you all with prayers.

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  33. Oh Danyelle, my heart hurts for you all. So so sad for poor little Henry. What a horrible thing. I am so sorry. More prayers for little Henry and you all as he continues to heal. <3

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  34. Danyelle - I just saw this. My heart is with you all. Children are resilient, may he, and you all, heal quickly! Hugs - Suzanne

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  35. My prayers are going up for you and your family tonight. I've read your blog for years and have always admired the mother you are. Whenever I'm having a particularly stressful day, I always think of you and how gracefully you handle being a mother, and let it inspire me to do better.
    May heavenly father bless you during this time.
    With love,
    Mary

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  36. Hi Danyelle,
    Just read this post. I am so sorry to hear about the accident. I feel your pain because I have a 2 year old at home as well. May all be well for you soon.
    Amitava

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  37. Oh, what a rough time you've had. Thanks for being so real and honest about not being sure what happened. We all have this happen to us while our brain is running a mile a minute trying to process how this could have happened. But it did and you are taking care of it. So hang in there and kudos for sharing. Hugs to you.

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