Sunday, January 18, 2015

Family feud and brother's crushed finger

It's been quite the day today! Reagan was up and at 'em at 4am! Of course we went to bed super late last night, so I was really dragging. I had to move her to her chair ,but she did eventually doze back off. Actually, when her nurse got here at 8:30am this morning, she was still asleep! We had a nurse working today because we were going to be auditioning to be on the Family Feud! We've been watching the show for years and always say we should audition, so, when I saw a commercial that they were going to be doing auditions in Austin this weekend, I emailed them and we were given an audition time! We weren't really sure what combination of family members we were going to use, so my mom and my dad both tagged along with the idea that one or the other would watch Ryan while we went through the audition. Thankfully we were able to use my mom. My dad is going to be traveling most of the summer, so he probably wouldn't be available if we were chosen for the show anyway (because they tape during the summer). While we were waiting our turn to go head to head with another family, my dad came to the door to get Ryan's juice and mentioned Ryan had been injured! I just assumed he had tripped or something and was crying and he needed juice to calm him down. Nope. He had actually been taking him up and down the escalator and on the 15th time or so, Ryan was sitting on the step as it approached the bottom and his right pinky finger got mangled! To be perfectly honest, we're lucky he didn't lose his whole hand! So scary! By the time we saw him, my dad had already taken him to the bathroom, washed his hand off (it obviously bled a lot because he had blood all over him), and he was completely calm and just holding his hand up with his pinky extended (I later found out this was about 20min post injury). So we were actually this close to just packing it up and heading straight to the hospital, when my step sister said we were the next family up! So we rushed in and killed it during our head to head (we won both puzzles and just did great all around...despite being shaken up and worried about Ryan)! They called me up afterwards and gave me some paperwork and a business card, I couldn't really hear what she was saying to me because it was so loud in the room with everyone cheering. As we walked out of the room, someone came up to us to tell us how well we did and asked us if we had received a call back...we said no and they seemed really shocked. Well thankfully, I looked down at the paperwork in my hand and realized I was supposed to take this to someone else (it was the producer's business card and our application). They then told us that we were going to go down and meet the shows producer and get filmed by the camera man for the show! We told them that we really needed to do this quickly and if they couldn't get us in right away, we were just going to go to the hospital. Thankfully, a nice family let us have their spot in line and we were able to get right in! They filmed us doing a couple different things and then sent us on our way (we will know get a postcard in 2-3 weeks if we are going to get on the show). So needless to say, the audition went REALLY well, the whole finger disaster did NOT. So we then headed over to Dell Children's hospital, where we spent the rest of the day. We were there probably 4 hrs total. We waited, they did the triage (he freaked out), we waited, they did some x-rays (he freaked out), we waited, they gave him some intranasal sedative (he freaked out), we waited, they soaked his finger in betadine, we waited, then they looked at it and said it was fine and put a bandaid on it and sent us home!  There was talk of anesthesia, surgery, a pediatric plastic surgeon, etc...nope, just a bandaid! Again, thank GOD it was not deep and we were able to leave with a bandaid, but that bandaid is going to cost A LOT of money! I did opt out of getting the tetnus shot. Ryan is completely unimmunized (because of Reagan and our fears that vaccines may have caused her seizure disorder), so I was VERY hesitant and I hope and pray that it heals up just fine without any complications! It looks AWFUL, but it doesn't seem to be bothering him too much. He's definitely been a trooper! Reagan was great today as well (and so was her nurse, working way longer than we had originally anticipated today). It's been quite the eventful day, that's for sure!                                                                                                                                                  

6 comments:

Clarissa said...

Poor Ryan, I am glad it wasn't worse!
What fun if you get to be on the Family Feud!

Cjengo said...

ouch!!! Fun fun to be on a game show

Kristin Sanders said...

My father has severe dementia from a catastrophic stroke, and now has a brain tumor as well. One of the few things that he MUST do EVERY night is watch the two back-to-back episodes of Family Feud. He likes Dr. Phil, too, and he mixes the names up and calls Steve Harvey Phil Harvey. We all guess answers, including my dad's caregiver. I live with him and this show will be forever in my mind. So..I am so excited you applied and blew the audition out of the water. I can't wait to hear when your taping is. My daughter had the tip of her pinky smashed off in a door by her brother years ago and we had to take her to Kernan Hospital. I had no idea that at a later date that is where my dad would be doing his stroke rehab. as I had never heard of it. I am so sorry about Ryan and glad all was ok. Seriously as a family I don't know how you do it. Amazing!

Kristin Sanders said...

P.S. I meant in my former comment, I had never heard of the Kernan hospital at the time of Julia's injury;Union Memorial Hand Clinic could not get her in for an appt and at the time I was frantic to get her to a specialist after the nightmare ER visit. Til this day I am paranoid of doors. Sorry. I was getting ahead of myself. Just happy Reagan and Ryan are doing okay!

Drew said...
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Drew said...

We had a second interview with the producers as well. Have you received your post card yet?