Todays plan was to bake first thing, then go over to Tammy’s house to share their science day. I was really looking forward to it, so were the girls.
Unfortunately, the day didn’t quite go to plan. Max has had a cold for a year, as it turns out it’s an allergy, but last night he used some Olbas Oil to try and clear his nose a bit. No problem there, the night went as usual. This morning, Josie fell back to sleep in our bed, i came downstairs to do a few bits. Heard her up, went to get her.
Uh oh, Max had left the Olbas oil on his bedside table, and in true Josie fashion sh’d headed straight over, seen something more interesting to suck on that our scant supply of birth control and was swigging Olbas Oil. Well, not swigging, but it was in her mouth and the lid was slightly unscrewed. Swore, grabbed her and she immediately vomited mentol flavoured vomit from my head to my toes. Swore again.
Now you can’t be on an HE email list without knowing that Essential Oils can’t be ingested lightly so a call to Casualty seemed in order. Especially as she was still being sick – and yes indeed, its considered highly poisonous and could you come in please.
Not so poisonous that we didn’t wait 90 minutes in reception, by which time i was fairly convinced she was fine. And by this time i’d come to the conclusion that she’d less swigged it than licked off the cystalline bit around the top. But, it turns out, it can cause breathing difficulites, extreme drowsiness or even liver damage, though the symptoms would have shown within an hour. And she’s fine; 6 hours of obvservation and we are home.
Ho hum. You live and learn. These things happen and all that. Bloody nightmare though, i hate having to go to Casualty with genuine neglectful parent stuff. Insane washing up bowl, bead related, sellotape dispenser related and chip stuck in cleft gap injuries i can stand, Amelie does a nice line in genuine, guilt-free emergencies – but it’s always a bit embarrassing to take a poisoned child in 🙁