David ate a light bulb!
Not an entire light bulb. Just enough to send me into a spiraling panic!
On Tuesday evening I was cooking dinner. David came to the baby gate that separates the kitchen from the dining room and I heard him crunching something. I asked him what he had and he handed me a piece of glass. I looked around the corner and saw a lamp on the floor and David was just crunching away.
Long story short..David is fine. No damage seems to be done. Things seem to be passing without trauma.
The ER staff moved very quickly, but they were all skeptical that a four year old would eat glass. It's painful to have glass in ones' mouth. I had to let them know that David has autism and whatever you believe about what a four year old will do doesn't apply here. He ate the glass, I saw him chewing glass, my husband and I removed glass from his mouth. HE ATE GLASS!
This wasn't an ordinary light bulb. That would be too easy. This was one of those mercury containing, energy saving, thick, spiral tubed light bulbs.
So we wait and see. David seems fine, His appetite is fine and his digestive system is working fine with no signs of trauma.
Momma on the other hand was traumatized.
I'm not a crier, but I cried for two blocks during the drive to the hospital. I kept remembering those stories about Vietnam POWs who were fed ground glass..I know, I'm a little loony.
I told the ER doc that there was mercury in the light bulb. I described the bulb to him and he said they were florescent and did not contain mercury.
Momma knew better.
I called the manufacturer who confirmed that there was a small amount of mercury in the bulb, in the tubing itself. A small amount of mercury, about the size of 1/2 a penny, but most of remains in the base during use.
I called poison control. A nice nurse who answered the phone said that the mercury used in these bulbs is "an elemental mercury and not toxic"
Huh?!?! I didn't know the words mercury and not toxic could be used in the same sentence.