There Once Was a Damn Mouse

Noticing a mouse running around my house the other day, I went out to buy traps. I chose the ones that said clean! and mess free! because those seemed like good qualities in mouse traps. Next time, however, I know to go with guaranteed to kill it! and quick! As it was, I set the traps and waited. Then, Sunday morning, I heard a snap.

Except the mouse wasn’t dead. Instead, he was squeaking in pain with his leg caught. I felt pity for the poor thing, listening to its hurt pleas, so I was going to set him free outside. And this could have been the story right here, we all live happily ever after. But, no.

Because as I was about to open the door to freedom, Buzz runs up. “Mousey!”, he exclaims happily, reaching his hand in to give it a friendly pet. Of course, the mouse is rather pissed off and not in the mood.

So the three-legged rodent bit Buzz on the thumb. Poor thing my ass.

It was the teeniest of wounds, but enough to break skin. After applying some antibiotic, I didn’t think too much more of it until I made the decision to Google mouse bites. Rabies! Tetanus! Leptspirosis, whatever that is! Call a doctor! So I did, though of course they’re not open on Sunday. But the nurse called back, amused, and said to go to the ER. Better safe than sorry.

Our first trip to the ER ever and it happened for a mouse bite. It took 4 hours of waiting, 4 bags of potato chips, 3 bottles of soda (for us, not the kids), 2 doctors, many nurses, a lot of crying and whining, and 6 latex glove balloons to walk away with a prescription for an antibiotic. Probably not unlike the antibiotic I already applied at home 4 hours earlier. The doctor also prescribed Tylenol with Codeine for the pain. Of a puncture wound so small you have to strain to see it. To a 5 year old. Totally appropriate.

Though they do help take the edge off a beautiful weekend afternoon spent in the emergency room.



14 Responses

  1. 1
    Lisa says:

    oh my! I would have seriously FREAKED OUT! Once we had a mouse and my husband set the trap. When I got back from work, I saw through the window in the door that a mouse was in the trap. I stayed on the porch with the kids til he got home!

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    From: C. (Kid Things)
    on May 30th, 2011

    @Lisa, I did freak out. Most everyone else, however, seemed to find it funny.

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    Oh no C! I’m glad Buzz is ok and I would have be on the freak out bus too.
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  3. 3

    Oh wow, classic!

    It will make for quite the story when he grows up…
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    Sarah says:

    Oh man! What a drag. Having to hoof it to the ER is one of the worst things ever. Especially when it turns out to be nothing. Once put my kid (and myself) through hours of ER torture when I thought he’d drank an entire bottle of adult prescription cough syrup with codeine. Turns out (which we found out when we arrived home), he dumped it all on the dog. Heh.
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    From: C. (Kid Things)
    on May 31st, 2011

    @Sarah, And of course the ER goes in order of severity, so us and our nothing bite was last on the list.

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  5. 5

    What happened to the mouse?
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    From: C. (Kid Things)
    on May 31st, 2011

    @Marilyn @ A Lot of Loves, I set it free from my porch since I just wanted to get rid of it, before I knew I should have kept it to be tested for rabies, etc. Which means it probably just came back inside my house anyway.

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    Jessica says:

    The doctor prescribed what for a 5 year old for a tiny bite? That is ridiculous. I would have been so freaked out to see a mouse in my house, let alone left alive in a mouse trap.
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    From: C. (Kid Things)
    on May 31st, 2011

    @Jessica, I know, I thought he was joking at first when he told me about the Tylenol with Codeine. I even laughed, like yeah right. And then after saying my son wouldn’t need it, he told me I could get it filled anyway for whatever else I might need it for. I guess he was just Codeine happy.

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    Stacia says:

    I would have shrieked and huddled in the corner until someone, anyone, came to take care of it. Way to go with the bravery, C! You deserve every mL of that codeine.
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    Amber says:

    I’m glad he’s okay! I’d have freaked out too.
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    Tina says:

    I don’t really freak abut much but I would have totally freaked. So glad he was okay but sorry you had to spend the day eating out of vending machines in the ER. Unless you got to eat some ho-hos? That might have been worth it…
    best,
    Tina

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    From: C. (Kid Things)
    on June 1st, 2011

    @Tina, Ho-hos definitely would have made it worth it, but sadly no. Though my oldest did get a Twix.

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