Hi folks. I am writing tonight from Providence's Pediatric ICU ward where my 2 year old son is recovering from surgery this afternoon to graft skin onto his neck and chest. He received 2nd and 3rd degree burns over about 7% of his little body Saturday evening at our house when he pulled a freshly poured cup of tea off the stove onto himself. As you can see from the first pic of him from that evening it is quite a large burn. The surgeon told us this evening this is the worst burn he has seen in quite some time. This was from about 6-8 ounces of hot water. He had to have skin shaved off his thighs to replace the skin on portions of his neck and chest. The doc says he grafted about 3% or about half the overall burn. He did 170 square centimeters of skin grafting which equates to about 66 Sq inches if my math is right. He is lying here at this moment in some pretty serious pain and is on a morphine pump plus some other pretty heavy duty pain killers I can't even pronounce. He has a feeding tube inserted into his nostril down to his stomach because he won't or can't eat. 2 IV's, 1 blood gas sensor on a finger, 3 telemetry leads stuck in various places on his chest, plus a blood pressure cuff attached more or less permanently to his ankle. I feel so bad for him because I don't think he understands the nurses really care for him and don't want to hurt him. His breathing is labored and ragged, though they tell me he is ok. He is only supposed to be in the ICU until tomorrow sometime as long as the signs all stay normal. What the he^& is normal? Saturday after an ER visit, he got home and played with reckless abandon even with bandages on and us trying to keep him a bit more calm. Nope, gotta play, can't stop. There's dogs to terrorize and stuff to tear all to pieces, and candy to eat. Life is good. He developed a quickly accelerating fever Sunday around noon and by 3 or so he had about a 103F fever so we rushed him back to the ER. He still hasn't had an onset of infection from the burn itself, but the fevers are from "inflammatory response" they tell us. Sounds like a politician right? Well anyway, I just wanted to put some of this on paper if nothing more to let me sort of spill my guts a little. You try to put away anger or frustration and focus on what you have done correctly with your kids. He is a stubborn little bugger, not sure where he gets that..his mother maybe..anyway he wants to do everything himself and not let us help him. He gets into everything and wants to do more and more. I just wish he could drive the dang boat so I can work the downriggers. We have kid proofed the house as much as a person can possibly do without it being a prison for all of us. Yet he tests the cell doors and security features like a tiger pacing the cage looking for a weakness. He has figured out the "kid proof" drawer latches so it looks like we are going to have to toss all our knives in the dumpster. I guess I need to either take this somewhere or let it go as it is.. ya'll look out for your little ones, they are precious. Please be especially careful with your campfires this summer and fall. Remember to keep hot stuff out of their reach. I hope Gregory forgives us for all this pain we put him through. This might be payback for all the crap I did to my parents.