It had to be Jireh who would necessitate our first trip to the ER.
While we were attempting to be lazy lugabeds this morning (around 9:30 I guess) she unlocked the sewing room door (I had left the key in the door) and got into a junk box that I had set way back on my desk. In it was a pop pack of a few muscle relaxer pills that we’ve probably had for about 5 years. Also in it were some permanent markers. Miriam sounded the alarm that she had gotten into markers, and I ran upstairs to investigate and found she had covered my desk and her entire body in permanent red and blue squiggles. Then my glance noted the pop pack which had the foil backing scraped off and two pills visible. There had been three, I was pretty sure, so I called for Dave and we asked her if she had taken anything. I gagged her trying to make her vomit and there were tiny blue specks in what she was coughing up, so he packed her into the car and kept her talking on the way down to the hospital.
The doctors established that her pulse is good and they gave her some charcoal (mixed with soda) and are confident that will absorb the rest of what is in her stomach. However they are going to monitor her for 6 hours and make sure she keeps breathing, should she fall asleep.
Thank God things worked out the way they have. He made sure to assign Jireh a very watchful (and always busy) guardian angel who wasn’t asleep even though we were, gave Miriam for my little watchdog, and caused her to scrape all the foil off so I would notice something was amiss besides the marker mess. I am hopeful the episode will be behind us around 4:30 today but prayers are appreciated in the meantime.
EDIT: She is home and totally fine, and back trying to get into everything again. Thank you all for your prayers and concern.
Jireh in the hospital: