Yeah, we had a GSW (gun shot wound) at 3am. It was called out that perhaps my son shouldn't have been out at 3am, but really - a group of 17 yr olds hanging out in a hot tub not drinking at 3am on a Saturday morning...it could be much worse (well it was pretty bad actually considering someone got shot). Though really, they may have been doing things they shouldn't have-who knows? I'm a parent so I'm slightly clueless due to survival instinct, but nobody smelled like they were at a party....
Anyway - here's a great picture of young Andrew's gun shot wound, aka The GSW.
(note the cavities in his mouth, which cost me about $300)
Here's a top view of his brain, with the shrapnel on top.
Here's a cooler picture of his brain:
Let's all enjoy these pictures, because it's very possible that when I asked for a copy of his ct scan, they billed me $8000.00. I haven't gotten the bill yet...but I'm hoping that my guess is high.
The emergency room sent his doctor a copy of their report and he called me today and we discussed what to do moving forward. He agreed that it could stay there forever and ever and might never be a problem at all, but if it bothered him, we could try to take it out.
However - he had a better suggestion...something that isn't in medical books. And isn't a standard method to treat such injuries in hospitals, but that he knows has worked in the past.
He told me this:
Take a white potato, like a russet with the brown skin. Wash it really well. Cut it in half. Take one half of it, put the white surface of the potato directly on his head where the shrapnel is located. Leave the potato there for about 15 minutes. Repeat for 5-7 days.
He's a really good doctor. He really is!!! He told me this story about how his sister got a big piece of graphite lead in her arm when she was young and he watched as his mom made her hold this cut potato against it over and over again and then one day...the lead just came out! He said that he has heard of this before, but he's not sure about whether it will work on a near-adult male...
The potato apparently has some kind of gravitational pull that draws the metal towards it. Just like in alien movies when you reach your hand out to touch an alien and then you can't stop reaching out and then the alien being absorbs you completely and it's too late to do anything. That's not how he explained it, but that's how I imagine it works.
Anyone ever hear of this?
Anyone want to take bets on whether a potato will have any effect at all on Andrew's GSW?