Sunday, September 17, 2006


one little berry
from one little bush
one call to Poison Control just to be safe
one shocked mother learns about cyanide
one minute told it's probably fine; the next minute told he could stop breathing in his sleep
one long night sleeping in Little Guy's room
one smiling face peering over crib rails in the morning
one little incident to put it all in perspective


Anonymous Kristen said...

I can't believe they gave you such conflicting info! I'm so glad he's okay!!!

12:25 PM  
Anonymous Colleen said...

How scary! I'm so glad everything's fine.

1:16 PM  
Anonymous wendy boucher said...

You just described one of my worst nightmares about being a mom. Thank goodness it all turned out all right! Phew.

1:47 PM  
Blogger Mommy off the Record said...

Thanks. Yeah, the conflicting info worried me. I talked to two different people at Poison Control. One said that it probably wouldn't be a problem if he only ate one and the other one said that she always plays it safe by preparing for a worst case scenario. It was that second lady who freaked me out.

1:52 PM  
Blogger Her Bad Mother said...

Oh, man. I would have flipped out.

Perspective, indeed.

3:21 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Chicky said...

I'm surprised you're able to write today. I'd still be shaking. Glad to hear he's fine, though! Sorry you had such a tough night.

3:29 PM  
Anonymous anne nahm said...

That sounds terribly scary! Glad everything is all right :^)

3:43 PM  
Blogger sunshine scribe said...

oh. my. god. I would have had a heart attack.

Perspective .. that's for sure!

4:02 PM  
Blogger Mom101 said...

Holy shit.

Glad all is well. Eek.

4:10 PM  
Anonymous O Mama Mia said...

Berries bad. Sleep good. Happy babe, even better. Peace for mama, perfect!! I would have completely freaked too!
Are your ears burning? I just blogged you. he he he he

4:36 PM  
Blogger h&b said...

OoOohhh - how scary for you :(

Hope you all sleep well tonight.
Snuggles & cuddles in mummy&daddy's bed, methinks ...

4:58 PM  
Blogger Mary-LUE said...

Ah yes. The joys of Poison Control. I've called them a couple of times in my 14 1/2 year long career as a mother. Suspectect overdoses of teething tablest and liquid Tylenol were the culprits in my case.

You should publish a picture of the offending berry type so everyone with little ones knows to avoid them!

I am very happy that your little spudlet is safe and sound!

5:01 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Eeep. Scary, and it could have been any of us!

Glad that he's OK! Hopefully your nerves are going back to normal, too.

5:02 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Whew, thank goodness he's alright!!

5:11 PM  
Anonymous mamatulip said...


I'm glad all is well.

5:23 PM  
Blogger Queso said...

Yikes. So glad everything's okay. And seriously, he could not be cuter!

6:47 PM  
Anonymous krista said...

Agh, sorry about that nightmare. How wful, but it sounds like everything was cool in the end. Phew.

6:52 PM  
Anonymous chelle said...

WOW how very scary!!!! Glad you all made it through all that trauma!!! Phew what a night that must have been!

6:57 PM  
Anonymous Jenny said...

Holy crap!

That's one hell of a long night you had.

I'm so glad he's ok! I had a similar incident when I thought Hailey had swallowed a pill I dropped. I was totally panicked until I finally found it behind the dishwasher.

7:13 PM  
Blogger metro mama said...

Oh, I'm so sorry you had to go through that. So glad everything is OK.

7:22 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Holy crapola!! Man, I'm so relieved for you! Note to self: Stay away from little berries on bushes. Thanks for sharing this!!

7:25 PM  
Anonymous slackermommy said...

So glad he's okay! I've been there more than I like to admit. When my second oldest daughter was a toddler we called Poison Control so often that they probably had a file on her. The house was child proofed but she drank weird things like make-up foundation. We had to hide everything. The funny thing is that we could hardly get her to eat food. What I found with Poison Control is they tend to be overly cautious. It's all about CYA (cover your ass)

7:29 PM  
Blogger Red Rollerskate said...

That is horrible! That really is some perspective for you. I'm so glad he is OK.

8:07 PM  
Blogger sunshinedaily4me_wuz_here said...

Wow, what a scary thing...but what a face. He is such a doll. Glad he is OK. Sorry you had to go through that!

8:43 PM  
Anonymous Crankmama said...

It does put things in perspective... I raise my glass to you sis. What a relief that all is well!

8:48 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Ahhhhh. Yeah. That would have totally freaked me out. On the other hand, I bet your little one thought waking up next to you was the bestest gift ever!

9:19 PM  
Blogger crazymumma said...

Oh dear woman...

9:19 PM  
Anonymous Much More Than A Mom said...

Holy mother of God - that's freaky. So glad everything turned out okay! Do you have an Angel Care monitor? It's my saving grace - I think I'll send Rylan off to University with it.


9:30 PM  
Blogger The Flip Flop Mamma! said...

There may have been cyanide on the berry bush? huh? I'm so confused!! Why? How scary! I've called poison control 3 times:
1. Child ate pills of someone else
2. child ate half a bottle of adult vitamin c the chewable kind (I thought she was old enough to just take one and put them back, boy was I wrong..she was like 7!)
3. I accidentally gave her a whole bottle of travel size tylenol (I thought it said the bottle was wasn't.)
4. She swallowed a nickle! (in the 1st grade!! No, she's not slow!)

and she's still alive!!

9:54 PM  
Blogger Mommy off the Record said...

Thanks for all the nice comments.

Mary-lue: I would post a picture, but I have already forgotten how to spell the name of it. (I was at a friends house when this happened and I left my notes on the name at her house.) I think it's "prunus carolinianus". It has little clusters of tiny, hard blue "berries" and leaves that are small and kind of wavy. It looks like a bush. We're in CA. Not sure if it's native to this state or not.

Slackermommy: I agree that they are a bit CYA because I got two different takes on the danger of eating one berry. One guy said he wouldn't be that worried and the other lady told me to bath him immediately, wash his mouth out, wash his hands, and spend the night sleeping next to him. I think she was being a bit extreme, but then I thought what if something WERE to happen? She said there was a chance and she wanted to be better safe than sorry.

Much More than a Mom: yeah, I do have the Angel Care monitor! I never actually used it though. I had to buy a board for under the mattress and I never did and then I ended up not using it so I use a regular monitor.

Flip Flop Mama: Oh my Lord! That is some scary stuff you went through. I'll have to remember that 7-year-olds are still too young to take vitamins by themselves!

Re. the cyanide, I was surprised by that too. Apparently, there is some property of this berry that turns into cyanide when digested.

9:58 PM  
Blogger Ruth Dynamite said...

Very scary. Glad he's OK!

2:55 AM  
Blogger Waya said...

OMG! That was scary! I'm so glad the little guy is fine. My heart was in my throat reading about "Cyanide"!

4:08 AM  
Blogger Mona said...

Holy heckers this is some frightening stuff. He's lucky to have such a great mom who wouldn't pass off one single berry.

6:25 AM  
Blogger Pendullum said...

I would still be shaking...
You are one strong woman...
Glad he's okay...
Off to cuddle my daughter...

still shaking...

7:58 AM  
Blogger Christina_the_wench said...

WOW. Just, wow. Glad everything turned out 'WHEW' for you.

8:21 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Whew that he's fine! And shame on them for giving you two different stories!

I'm going to go cut down our holly bushes now. They have berries, but I have no clue if they are poisonous. I'm not taking chances. Gabe walked over to me the other day with a couple berries in his hands and said, "I got gapes, Mama." He got very mad when I said they weren't grapes and that he needed to throw them away. I don't know if he ate one. I don't think he did.

8:45 AM  
Blogger beth said...

Oh goodness. So glad he is ok. You must be exhausted.

9:34 AM  
Blogger Oh, The Joys said...

SO GLAD all is well. You must have been so worried and scared.

9:47 AM  
Blogger lildb said...

be still my rapidly pulsing heart rate.

sheee-it, C.

phew. *mops forehead with industrial-sized towel*

10:32 AM  
Blogger radioactive girl said...

I'm so happy everything turned out ok! Has your heart stopped racing yet?

10:35 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

WOW, that would totally scare the shit out of me!! Sheesh!

11:37 AM  
Blogger Chantal said...

Sweet shit on a stick that would freak me out!

Glad he's okay.

11:43 AM  
Blogger Gingers Mom said...

That is so scary. We had a moment like that when we thought my kids ate Oleander in the backyard. Terrifying!! I am glad Little Guy is ok. hugs!!!

3:50 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

ohGoodGod! I am glad he's doing alright. What a STRESSFUL night. I trust you'll be cutting down that berry bush asap???

5:58 PM  
Blogger Lawyer Mama said...

Oh. My. God! I'm so glad he's ok! What a scare.

6:40 PM  
Anonymous roo said...

That must have been terrifying. I'm glad everything's okay.

8:57 PM  
Blogger Random Musings Of My Life said...

So precious.. I am SO GLAD everything is ok

10:53 PM  
Blogger carrie said...

Oh, I can swallow that lump in my throat now. Geeesh, those kids can be alot of work can't they? I am so glad that this had a happy outcome!!!

That face, is too cute!


12:05 AM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

too scary! I ammm so glad he is ok!

4:31 AM  
Anonymous mothergoosemouse said...

Whoa. That is terrifying. I'm glad he's fine. Thank you for the reminder to keep a closer eye on my own little one who doesn't yet know better.

12:27 PM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

How incredibly scary. I am so glad he's OK.

Rosie choked on a hot dog at dinner tonight. Her face actually started turning purple before she coughed the piece out. I know my heart absolutely stopped for several seconds. The fear of something happening to your child is the worst thing ever.

5:35 PM  

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