April 5, 2008

Tales from Tannehill






Well, Wednesday morning we were up early preparing for our 4 day 3 night stay camping in a lovely tent at Tannehill State Park. We were planning on taking 1 vehicle but by the time we left..much later that day...we were loaded down w/ 2 vehicles, 4 kids, a dog, and enough provisions to last a year. Once we were unpacked and settled in we really had a great time. The kids really enjoyed fishing. They kept getting hysterical b/c the fish were so small. The smaller the fish the harder they laughed. Sophie was just wondering around having the time of her life. She rode and rode and rode her little trike! When it was time for bed she did ask for her own bed several times but finally went off to sleep. Thursday morning Bert made us these yummy breakfast burritos and we were prepared for yet another uneventful day. Dawson and Melody came to the campsite for the day around 11:00am. We hiked for a while, the kids (and Dawson) waded in the stream. When we went to explore the furnace we came upon a 5 1/2 foot cotton mouth sunning on a rock. That should have been my first "omen" for the day that things might get a little out of hand. Well, we made it back to the campsite and Bert, Dawson and Tyler went back to kill the snake(Tyler video taped it....it is hilarious). We were all sitting around and Melody and I decided to walk to the little store and get some ice cream...well we heard our second blood curling scream for the day...(no, the first scream wasnt Dawson w/ the snake..it was Sophie..long story). Anyways, the second scream was from EG who was playing in the creek and lifts up her hand and blood is all over it running down her arm. Bert went and got her out(the screams continued) and proceeded to inspect her wound. After he examined it, it was determined she would need it cleaned out and closed up. It was very deep and there was possible glass in her hand(we think the cut was from a beer bottle in the water). So Bert calls a couple friends and gets the stuff to do the job himself. At this point between EG's screams..Dawson vows never to have children. I have felt many times that we are a walking advertisement for birth control! Oh I forgot to mention that Thursday afternoon Laura and her kids also came to camp for the night. So Laura and Melody kept the other kids away while I tried to help Bert w/ EG. It has been determined she has ZERO...even NEGATIVE pain tolerance. I am honestly surprised DHR did not show up at our campsite and take her away, b/c she sounded like we were killing her. Ok fast forward she is now sewn up(actually glued) and asleep, Sophie who has been "nap-less" for 2 days is now asleep and all the adults are holding hands around the campfire singing Cum by Yah. (not really). We did see 3 more moccasins, a beaver and a deer that night...
Friday morning we were up and at em again. Bert made another yummy breakfast. Laura and I chilled and Bert took the kids for a hike. Well, when they got back from hiking we looked at EG's hand and it was swollen to twice its side and had a very angry redness to it....well pandemonium then broke out. Bert said she had to go to the ER right away she has Cellulitis. I was like oh great..when I think of anything w/ the word cellulite in it I am thinking of fat thighs and rears not infected hands, but oh well. So, we start to pack up (quite frantically) well of course then it starts pouring down rain on us!! So we ended up throwing important stuff in the vehicles(kids and dog) leaving the tents and caravaning out of there. Laura took the boys and Sophie home for us so we could both go w/ EG to the ER. Well, they X-rayed, gave her IV antibiotics, talked surgery said if her wound gets any worse they will have to open it up...they gave us a lot of antibiotics to take home, splinted and bandaged her hand..she does have cellulitis..thankfully we caught it early. She has to go back to the hand clinic on Monday. We were in the ER from 1:00-6:30pm. While EG and I finished up at the hospital Bert went back to the campsite to get the rest of our stuff and discovered we had left one of our kids there... JUST KIDDING!! lol. He did go back and get the tents and now we have camping stuff everywhere here at home.... if I ever find my camera again I will post some pictures! Believe it or not...I still love camping!

16 comments:

Amber said...

Wow, sounds like quite the trip. Poor EG!!! I talked to Melody and Dawson on Thurs. That's a shame! Is EG proud of the whole experience now? Maybe you guys should have just come to Guatemala for an adventure...=)

Matt said...

It sounds like yall had a great time!;-) If you tell my mom about those snakes, I won't be let out of any more! I wish I was there with all the action. Those kinds of camping trips are always the best.


Matt

Laura said...

Love the description of the trip in a nutshell! Very accurate I must say. It really was fun and peaceful at times! Seeing nature really come to life @ night was cool. I think the kids will have some great memories from it all.
Thanks for the fun!
Lala

The Ferrill's said...

Tina, oh my goodness. The way you tell this story is HILARIOUS! Though I KNOW it wasn't funny at the time! Your comment about being a walking advertisement for birth control had me rolling; I feel the same way about us sometimes!
WOW, what a trip. I'm glad you were able to get EG to the ER so quick. Bless her heart. Bless YOUR heart!
I love to camp too. And we've had to pack up in the rain before too...not fun. But to add to that the snakes, wounds, and cellulitis (I'm with you on it being on the thighs...never knew it was an infection! Can antibiotics rid me of my cellulitis? :)) ANYWAY, your trip definitely take the prize as the most, shall we say, eventful? ;) Thanks for telling it like it is, so we could share in your experience! You deserve a prize after that!
Love,
Laine

Music Eloquence said...

HAHAHAHA!!! This is great story telling. I haven't laughed that hard in a few days. I am really sorry about EG though. Thankfully she is okay now.

BTW I missed you at church Wed. Its always soooo good to see your sweet self. I was really sick though... stayed out coughing my head off during most of the service. I'm glad whatever this is, is almost over.

Regardless, glad your family had some "eventful" fun. (that seems to be the key word for this trip.)

Kim :) said...

NO ONE tells a story like you do!! Thank you so much for sharing... we'll be praying for EG. Keep us posted (and share the Sophie scream story when you have time!!)

Aaron and Erica said...

Tina, you crack me up! This is the funniest thing I have read in a very long time (although I'm sure it wasn't so funny at the time)! I have no idea what celluitis is, but I feel like I need to google it so that I can be prepared if my life is ever as eventful as yours was :)

Love,

Erica

Melody said...

Wow...what a trip! The only thing I could add to this story is how LOUD EG screams! It is kinda disturbing that no one came over to see what was going on. I bet you guys were the talk of Tannehill!!

Anonymous said...

Too Funny!! You should have just gone to the beach:)! A trip many will never forget!
Kim H

laurel said...

What a camping trip! I hope the wound is healing well.

James D. Wilder said...

Oh Tina! I miss you guys! This was a great story. I think every church family should have a Bert Pierce. I mean, who else would diagnose a condition on the spot. Tina, I'm with you on the cellulitis thing!

Glad to hear EG was okay. Love you guys!

James & Emily

The Princess's Mommy said...

Hope EG is feeling better! Sounds like a very "interesting" trip!! LOL

Monica

Amber said...

Okay, now it's my turn to be sick of reading a post. It doesn't even have pictures! Sheesh! We need an update. =)

Melody said...

Ok, Tina...that first picture definitely needed to stay on the camera! (at least my shirt matches the chairs...hee hee) Pictures of the kids are too cute!

Amber said...

Very cute! Micah looks older than I remember... Sophie's little smile is absolutely precious. Love it!

Aunty DEB said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE "LAUGH". I am dying! You should write a "BOOK" or go in to Childrens Ministy! HAHAHA You have all the material and your own crew!!!!