Sunday, August 14, 2011

I don't make this stuff up!

Our last four days have been quiet, very quiet.  Elizabeth is recovering from mouth surgery and it has been a difficult recovery.... much more so than we anticipated; considering that she has sailed through two bronchoscopies and her wisdom teeth removal.

She basically hasn't gotten off the couch and has been the recipient of many ice packs, soft food,  TLC and some beautiful flowers from GranE's garden!

Her face is swollen beyond recognition so I have been quite guarded in my photography of really wants to remember this.  Yesterday, we needed some items from the grocery and since some friends had stopped by to visit, Gary and I took the opportunity to run to the store while they were at the house watching movies with Elizabeth.  I haven't left her by herself since the surgery and I thought she was in good hands.....right?

 She was  - but she was also in the company of good paws.....this little devil of a dog.  Our six month old puppy who cannot go a minute without satisfying her oral fixation.  Elizabeth leaves for college in a week so she asked if we could bring her dog Maisy and the puppy in for her to pet while she is laid up, so of course, we complied.  While I was loading up my shopping cart, our little devil of a pup was rooting around under the couch to see what she could find to gnaw on..... and what is the one thing that could be the most disturbing, disruptive, utterly awful item she could have found?  Shouldn't it be a hair brush or a pair of flop flops or something annoying like that?  NOOOOO - our sweet pup managed to find Elizabeth's Pepper Spray that she takes with her when she goes on long distance runs. (which should not be under the couch Elizabeth!) while our girls are vegging out, enjoying movies and keeping Elizabeth company - our devil dog is chewing on a bottle of Pepper Spray behind the couch. The girls heard a hiss and and smelled it first....Ellen said her first thought was that a skunk had gotten into the house!  Fortunately, they quickly figured out what happened, (your mind does go into hyper overdrive in these situations)  and scrambled out of the room.  However, once outside, they realized that all the cell phones were inside!  Cajun was going crazy and foaming at the mouth, so Sara started hosing out her mouth and eyes ASAP.  Ellen knew her cell phone was in her room and headed back in the house to get it.  Elizabeth headed to GranE and Charlies to alert them of the problem.  As Ellen headed into the house to get the phone... she merely ran past the room that the spray went off in and was immediately affected.  She grabbed her cell phone and by the time she got outside, couldn't open her eyes.  That is when we got a call from Elizabeth....I had the grocery cart half loaded and immediately  abandoned it, and we raced home.  As we were driving home, I was googling remedies for pepper spray - folks; this is viscous stuff!  From the phone call, I thought Ellen took a direct hit and was really worried.  

She simply ran past the room in which the can had exploded and was so 
affected that she couldn't open her eyes and it caused her face to become red and swollen. 
 Sara's wasn't affected until she started washing Cajun and when she rinsed Cajun, 
it made her eyes water and burn.    

This stuff is serious.  Anyway,  FYI - the remedy is 25% Dawn to a 75% water and you dunk your face repeatedly (don't rub) and rinse to remove the oil of the pepper spray.

Once we got home, it was clear that the situation was not nearly as dire as we had thought over the phone, and was almost comical.  By now, everyone was laughing, the house was aired out and the dog was OK too.  Sara's quick response on rinsing her really 
helped and Cajun was surprisingly calm for having "eaten" pepper spray!

We were dunking Ellen to make sure that all remnants of Pepper spray were gone from her face as it was still burning a bit. 

My "other daughter" Katherine came a running with the hose to help with rinsing! 

Ellen was the center of attention 

and took full advantage of it!  Here she is "blowing bubbles"!

Gran-E raced down in her speedy golf cart to oversee the operation. Thank Goodness for grandparents that live close....and by close, I mean a stone's throw.  When things like this happen, it is nice to know there is someone who has your back! Thank you GranE!

Ever resourceful Sara - she donned goggles used the leaf blower to blow any remaining particles of pepper spray out of the house!  
(This is a reenactment that she kindly posed for ~ give her a hand folks - 
one for ingenuity and two for good sportsmanship!)  

If you look like this from briefly running though a room beside a room that had pepper spray released into it, can you imagine a direct hit.....or could it be that we made her dunk her head in a bucket full of soapy bubbles twenty times...hmmmm.

Oh - the other googling fact I learned from this escapade was that milk alleviates burn pain.  Somehow, Ellen's hand had a bit of burn on it as well so we tried this and it worked.  This whole thing is now turning into one big Science experiment! Hey, is that a graham cracker you are having with the milk that you are using as burn salve? Nothing like mixing business with pleasure.....right Elbow! 

Ellen and Cajun are none-the-worse for the wear - Elizabeth on the other hand did not need all that activity and running around in 100 degree heat and 200% humidity but, all I can think about is, what if she had been sprayed in the face with pepper spray?  In her condition, it could have been a monumental problem. So, all in all, we have escaped to live another day!

And you - Devil Dog - have you learned your lesson?

Somehow - I don't think so......but you sure are nice and clean!

P.S.  I went back to the grocery store when all had calmed down and guess grocery cart was in the exact same spot where I had abandoned it with all the items in it!  There are sometimes that I am glad there are lazy employees in the world. 


  1. And I thought I was the one with the crazy stuff happening! Wow! glad everyone is okay.

  2. Glad everyone is ok! What a great family memory this will turn into some day!

  3. So scary!!! I'm glad that everyone is okay! I love that you had the camera up and running to capture Ellen's dunking lol. And smart Sara- quick thinking to help that poor pup. I'm so sorry for Elizabeth... how is she feeling?

  4. I had this happen to me once. My mom gave me pepper spray when I left for college. Some how it fell out of my purse when I put it in my trunk one time and never realized it. Well, needless to say it exploded in my trunk due to the awesome Louisiana heat! I couldn't figure out for the life of me why my eyes kept burning and watering everytime I got in my car. Then one day I opened my trunk and there was the pepper spray in a bunch of pieces and a big orange stain...well that explains it!!


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