Erik Quinn: The Heart of a Family: Leaky Feet

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Leaky Feet

Random Thought of the Day: If crickets are supposed to be good luck, then why do I scream when I see them and fight the urge to smash them to bits? My biggest fear is bludgeoning a big, juicy one with the bottom of my huge tennis shoe and then finding a miniature top hat and cane next to the oozing husk. That's the only thing that keeps me from doing it, really.

I'm waiting with my delicious diet beverage for Erik's bus to pull down the dusty driveway. I wanted to update today to report the sudden surge in language that is happening in Erik. The complete sentences are coming fast and furious now, such as --

"Where's puppy?"

"I broke it."

"I love you, too!"

"I'll find it."

"I'll get it."

"I see it."

I also would like to pose a question to your parents out there in Willie World about skin and nail quality. Erik's toenails and skin break down easily. His toenails are stronger than they used to be (they split when he was a baby), but the skin on the ends of his poor toes wears completely through with very little trauma if he doesn't wear shoes, leaving trails of blood all over the house. If Brian ever disappears and there is Luminol employed during the investigation, I will be in BIG TROUBLE. The place will light up like a Christmas tree. I am constantly mopping bloodstains off the floor. Does anyone else have this problem? I thought it would improve since he began walking and not crawling so often, but the problem has actually not changed at all! He is still covered in mild eczema, mostly on his limbs, which consists of tiny, almost invisible bumps. His face gets bad in the winter, which tends to look a lot worse than the rest of his body. It's red and scaly.

I highly recommend 1 cup white vinegar to 1 quart water for mopping hard surfaces, by the way. Just in case you are wondering how to remove bloodstains.

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15 Comments:

Blogger Miss 1999 said...

Bless his sweet litle heart! My best friend is a nurse, so I'll have to ask her if she's got any advise. *hugs*

12:16 PM  
Blogger Every minute counts.... said...

I am very proud of the language development! It really is like a flick of a switch..isn't it.

Abi too has "thin" skin. Her nails are very soft and peel. She has "cradle cap" psorisis on her scalp that is horrible. It is red and patchy and if she scratches too much some of her hair falls out. This all has come about in the last year though so I am not certain what the cause is of it either.
Sorry I am not much help!
Noel

12:42 PM  
Anonymous Heather Gerding said...

Hi Nancy, I love your blog and visit often, thank you for sharing your world with me. Sophie does have very tender feet and will not go barefoot on grass or rocks she will only walk barefoot on concrete or indoors so I don't know if she injures easily as she's just not a risk taker. She does have horrific fingernails from her obsessive picking, yet her toenails are thick and healthy, therefore I have concluded that the quality of her fingernails is fine she has just picked and bit them into nothing. I know a few kids with Eczema and it improved with diet changes, I'm sure you've explored this. I think I've also read that the Carlson Fish Oil can help with skin issues and it would be good for Erik's brain too. Our very mainstream pediatrician recently recommended that Sophie take it and was pleased when I told her we already were. I probably didn't tell you anything new. I am so happy to hear Erik is talking so well. I just finished the book Expecting Adam by Martha Beck, it's a great read with a happy ending! Love always,
Heather G

1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Nancy,

Sean does not have this problem with his skin. He does have a few similar issues, though. His scalp gets extremely flaky, though we finally were able to clear that up with a medicated shampoo that our pediatrician recommended. His toenails don't split, but he does have a big buildup of dead skin (like cuticles) under one big toenail. It makes that toenail lift a bit. I asked our geneticist about it, and she seemed to think it was just a benign thing that was evidence of a different genetic makeup. But, boy, I'm glad it doesn't bleed. What a pain, for both of you! As far as the Luminol . . . I think our collective psyches have changed since CSI first aired. I'll never look at the world the same way again!

Sandra

1:33 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Way to go Eric. Noah doesn't have the problem with his skin yet, but has always had toenails that split. I never was concerned because Lexi had the same thing when she was a baby. Speaking of feet though his toe beside his big toe is a little weird on both feet. It almost looks like they fell of and someone put them back on but not exactly in the right place. It hasn't seemed to cause him any issues though.

2:57 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

YAY ERIC!! Its amazing how fast the speech can come once they start :)
Jaidens skin breaks easily, he too picks fingers and toes and backs and stomachs for that matter...
He also has Eczema but its mostly all over his torso and upper arms. (yes, i use special washing powder)

Oh and Nance, I own a pet lizard and she takes care of about 40 crickets a week, maybe that could be an option for you? - sorry Jimminy...

4:28 PM  
Blogger camille said...

YAY! He's doing so well. That's awesome :) Gooooo, Erik!

Connor doesn't have the bleeding toes, but he does scratch himself a lot, especially when i change his diaper. I wonder if his skin is super itchy??

It's hard to tell about his toenails. I can barely touch his feet because he is so sensitive. Let me tell you how much of a joy it is for me to try and clip those suckers.

7:48 PM  
Blogger Kerry said...

LOL Are you just covering your arse in case Bri does come up missing????

Brady doesn't have that problem - his nails seem to grow freakishly fast and I ahven't been giving him any jello...

8:33 PM  
Blogger Lisa R said...

I have a nurse friend I am gonna ask....I would never be able to keep on top of that...poor little guy :)

4:43 AM  
Blogger kathi said...

Way to go Erik! I'm so proud of him.

5:35 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

This summer I had two "pet" crickets in my garage. I would feed them crumbs when I had my end of the day smoke after putting Avery to bed. Yes, I am weird. Avery has quite lovely skin and nails, but so do I. I have very strong nails that grow super fast and my skin is very healthy. She does still have cradle cap, I tried using dandruff shampoo when she was younger (which is recommended to use for cradle cap remedy) and it of course dripped in her eyes, she screamed for an hour and I thought I blinded her for sure. It was awful.
XOXO
Amy

8:07 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

Awesome language development. Payton's still in the phase where things that come out of her mouth just shock me - it just explodes almost all at once. Yeah ERIK!!!!

Payton has something that looks like cradle cap in her hair as well. When we try to get it out, her hair falls out. We didn't notice it until about a month or so ago. Payton's nails don't peel or bleed though. I'm not much help in that area!

8:09 AM  
Anonymous Heidi D. said...

Hi Nance,
This post is a little late, but hydrogen peroxide works miracles on blood on your carpet and clothing. It disappears before your eyes with no scrubbing, just dab up the wetness.
Erik is such a cutie -- take more little videos of him for the rest of us when he's in a chatty mood. : )

8:58 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Hey Nancy,

That is so awesome about Erik's burst in language. How much fun is that!?

Emerson as well has cradle cap that comes and goes. The doctor told me to use T-gel if I trusted myself NOT to get it in her eyes. So far it has helped us get rid of it. I am a nervous wreck though every time I use it.

Emerson has enormous sausage like big toes that look like they are busting out of their casings. They are constantly raw and peeling. The rest of her skin is very dry and she is always itching her lower back. Her face gets eczema patches on it every so often. I've been using a new product called CeraVe on her body and face and her skin seems softer. I know that you are the lotion, product Queen for Erik because his eczema is so bad. Anyway, if you know of any good skin, hair products, please share. Take Care.

9:58 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

how exciting about his burst in language!

12:01 PM  

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