Anything Goes in August – Bloody Weekend

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About a month ago, we started having troubles with our stove. The elements for the burners worked intermittently. Usually a jiggle or nudge to the element would fix the problem and cooking would commence. Then one night after dinner, while I wiping down the stove, I was electocuted. BIG time electrocuted, the electricity went up one arm and down the other. I grabbed the counter top to catch my balance and the finger that touched the counter first was burnt and blistered. It was painful and scary and the arch of electricity actually was powerful enough (and hot enough) to sodder the metal element to the edge of the burner, virtually instantaneously. I could smell fire and burning and could ‘taste’ electricity in my mouth. OH yeah, and FLAMES … a 6″ flame shot out of the burner area.

Needless to say, we unplugged the stove and I refused to go near it. I then started calling Electrolux the maker of our Kelvinator Stove/Range for assistance. I have called repeatly … NOTHING (Electrolux, if you read this … our stove was only 5/6 years old, it is unusable (dangerous) and it electrocuted me – you need to respond to my calls).

Mr. MommyKnows decided Saturday, after a full month of “NO” cooking in our house, it had to end and went out and purchased a new stove, fridge (they should match right?) and a big screen TV (his birthday gift from me). I find kitchen appliances (and TV’s) totally boring and was intent on making Electrolux send me a new one, so I didn’t go shopping, I could careless as long as they work, we can afford them and I am not Electrocuted during maintenance. AND I was sort of enjoying the no cooking (I hate cooking).

As we adults worked to get all of our new appliances set-up and running, the kids decided to build a fort outside using the HUGE boxes the stove and TV arrived in. I vaguely remember, giving my “OK” to a request for a steak knife! Bad move …

Lots of blood accompanied … A LOT of screaming.

Sam ran in the back door crying the ‘really hurt’ cry (you know versus, the ‘not really hurt cry’) and Lizzy was right behind him hollering, “SAM’S HURT. SAM’S HURT”! I felt sick … I yelled at Mr. MommyKnows, “OH GOD, the STEAK KNIFE … YOU DO IT! YOU DO IT!”

So he did, letting me know right away it wasn’t too bad, but there was blood everywhere! I didn’t quite believe him (about it being not so bad), there was a LOT of blood –> it was up the back stairs, down the hall way (floors and walls), in two of the bedrooms and of course all over the bathroom (floors, sink, door, mirrors). Sam, after cutting the tip of his finger (pretty small cut) did the ‘I hit my finger with a hammer shake’ with his hand and shook blood everywhere!

Once Mr. MommyKnows assured me it was safe to look, I tiptoed my way through the bloody mess (with my camera), unlike Georgia who smeared the ‘juice’ around with her white socks.

Sam hurt
He was doing pretty good. He originally put the bleeding digit in his mouth … so there was blood there too!

I decided I should take a real close look. Oooo … it looked pretty deep, I wondered out loud if we should take him for stitches.

Sam hurt
“Sorry Sam, I didn’t mean to make you cry, let’s put pressure on it for a while longer, maybe it’ll quit bleeding and we can fix it up, right here at home”.

Sam hurt
“Really, NO stitches?” says Sam, that made him feel a bit better.

Sam hurt
Once it finally stopped bleeding, Mr. MommyKnows fixed Sam up … “It hardly hurt”, he said.

Show us your finger now Sam …

Hey Electrolux!
He knows not what he does folks, don’t take it personal ~ except YOU Electrolux!

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Yan · August 27, 2007 at 4:41 pm

Oh, no, that’s so scary!!! I hope he is all better soon, even though in the last picture he look all better already :)

Carey · August 27, 2007 at 4:43 pm

Oh My goodness. I would make them buy you a new stove. You do take really good pictures. Glad hes ok.

Deb on the Rocks · August 27, 2007 at 4:54 pm

Holy Crime Scene, Batman! And the villain is those Electro-Losers. May justice triumph for your gorgeous, brave little superhero.

Hannah · August 27, 2007 at 4:55 pm

OMG that last photo just cracked me up! Especially when my mouse hovered over it and I read “Hey Electrolux!” … ROFL!!

But seriously, I am very sorry that Sam cut himself, and that you were electrocuted by your oven 1 month ago. My oven is about 100 years old and I swear I don’t want a new one! I think mine will last longer than all the new ones put together ;-) It doesn’t look stylish, but it does the job and it doesn’t electrocute me!

PamW · August 27, 2007 at 5:15 pm

Yikes, glad to hear that Sam is okay though. If you don’t hear back from Electrolux feel free to call the trouble shooters (cfrn news I think….could be another station I can’t remember). I’m sure they could get it straightened out. If not here’s a link to the Canadian consumer relations website thingy: . I’m sure they’d love to hear about an electrocuting stove.

Karen · August 27, 2007 at 5:33 pm

Wow! What a day! Yikes, all that blood on the floor, and every where else, makes me tired just thinking of the clean up! Glad Sam is doing better… so quickly! / Don’t you hate “customer service”? :-P Blaaaa! I hope they do give you a new stove, but I know that even if the do, it will not replace the pain/ trouble you went through!!! :-P

Karen · August 27, 2007 at 5:35 pm

P.S. Sam has the most radiant hair! Sweet!

Bree · August 27, 2007 at 5:38 pm

my heart would have jumped out of my throat! yikes! I am glad it wasnt too deep and I am sorry to hear you got zapped by your stove pretty badly! how scary! I wouldnt cook either!

lace · August 27, 2007 at 6:06 pm

OH MY! When I opened your blog I didn’t know what to think. The BLOOD! It looks like it was more than a little cut. I am glad he is ok.

Teresa · August 27, 2007 at 6:10 pm

I freak out at blood and so I am pretty impressed that you could even take the pictures! The picture sequence is really cute and the last one is perfect ;)

Lisa · August 27, 2007 at 6:59 pm

Wow you are really fast with the camera. I am not good with blood and would be crying with Sam. I am glad he is ok.

glittersmama · August 27, 2007 at 6:59 pm

What a tough kid!

And my skin was crawling when I read your electrocution story. Ahh!

serina · August 27, 2007 at 7:00 pm

Aw, poor kid. Glad he’s okay. Great picture sequence!

Enjoy your new appliances!

Beth · August 27, 2007 at 7:01 pm

That’s so scary-I’m glad he’s alright!

Montserrat · August 27, 2007 at 7:13 pm

I remember helping my mom peel potatoes at that age and peeling skin off the same finger. I thought it was great fun showing off my stitches the same way.

Angella · August 27, 2007 at 7:26 pm

Don’t enter me – I’ve been spoiled already :))

Holy cow! Electrocution and blood! Too much drama!

The middle finger made me howl :)

Jamie · August 27, 2007 at 7:32 pm

WOW! That is nuts!

And oh, the middle finger truly made me laugh out loud!

Magi · August 27, 2007 at 7:35 pm

Yikes, between the electric shocks and the blood this was one scary post. I hope all of you recover nicely.

Kami · August 27, 2007 at 8:13 pm

Holy Moly! Glad you and Sam were okay.

And Electrolux deserves that one:-)

alison · August 27, 2007 at 8:30 pm

Encounters with customer service lines that don’t interact with customers and don’t provide service are far too frequent these days. But if I really get started, I’ll never shut up.

Paige · August 27, 2007 at 8:47 pm

Oh my word! That’s a lot of blood from one little finger. I was getting kind of freaked out just reading about it. I’m glad he’s ok.

Cherylyn · August 27, 2007 at 9:22 pm

So glad he’s OK, it’s amazing how even small cuts can bleed and bleed and bleed! Your stove story has made me rather wary now, I didn’t know that they could do that! Yikes! Oh and you really are a good mrs. Mommyknows to get mr. MK a big screen TV for his birthday! I am right there with you on the appliance shopping however, just get me something that works, I don’t really care beyond that!

ness · August 27, 2007 at 9:37 pm

Thank god a happy ending!

Andrea · August 27, 2007 at 9:41 pm

Yikes…I hate connections of sharp knives and fingers…or any skin for that matter! I’m glad he was grinnin’ a big ol’ grin by the end of the whole ordeal!!

Kathryn · August 27, 2007 at 10:40 pm

Well, I’m glad he’s okay!.. Nothing like blood to give any mommy heart palpitations!

Michelle · August 27, 2007 at 11:02 pm

Love that last picture!!! Sounds like quite the weekend

Melissa Markham · August 28, 2007 at 5:15 am

Oh my goodness! What a weekend you had! I hope Electrolux sees that picture! And gets back to you!

Glad your son is okay and no stitches were required. Happy cooking without the electrocuting! Geez!

I am so tickled to have won a prize. I am off to email you now:)

Kait · August 28, 2007 at 5:50 am

How scary for him! My son cut his ear really bad this spring from a fall and he got the “superglue” instead of stitches at the hospital.

Marla · August 28, 2007 at 6:01 am

Youch! Poor Sam and poor you!!

Alexia · August 28, 2007 at 6:32 am

Okay, getting electrocuted would scare the CRAP out of me! I hope you are able to stick it to ’em!

As far as Sam’s cut – I can’t believe you thought to get the camera out! I’m always forgetting about taking pictures until it’s too late, I’ve missed quite a few camera-worthy moments!

That last picture is great!

Susy-Q · August 28, 2007 at 6:51 am

LOL! Great end to your blog! Very appropriate for Eletrolux! I am sorry for your son but he looked much better on the last photo. And speaking of your stove, that is 220 electricity running through it. You’re lucky nothing more serious happened or that it was one of your children. Now I guess you’re back to cooking?

Lucy · August 28, 2007 at 8:02 am

Oh my gosh, such frightening events. They should totally replace your stove (even though you now have a new one).

Deb · August 28, 2007 at 8:03 am

Yikes! Here my insides were in knots as I read this (after starting with anger at Electrolux!) and then it dawned on me – this woman has the camera out! Wow!

Charlotte · August 28, 2007 at 8:31 am

At first…OMG, that is so awful (still is poor guy but…), as I read on, I am laughing out loud at Sam’s message to Electrolux! Love that!

Jaime Stephens · August 28, 2007 at 8:33 am

OMG your poor little guy! And poor you for living through it. I know I would have panicked in the same situation. Cuts from steak knives can be the worst… I’m glad you guys all came away from it with a funny picture though…. he looks so happy in the last one!

Neisha · August 28, 2007 at 9:06 am

Awww! Poor little one. I’m glad he’s ok. I saw blood and felt my stomach jump a bit. What a beautiful boy, by the way.

Karyne · August 28, 2007 at 10:01 am

OMG What a story! I’m happy he seems OK on the last pic.

Anu · August 28, 2007 at 10:59 am

Oh no….that was scary!! I would sooo love an August gift!! I’m dying to win something!!

Corey · August 28, 2007 at 11:15 am

oh my goodnes….I would have been so freaked. I don’t do blood very well. eeeeeekkkkk! Glad he is okay!

Laura · August 28, 2007 at 12:21 pm

Fingertip cuts are sumthin’ huh?
I once cut the tip of my thumb off (just a little bit – don’t ask!), and 1) the blood! 2) the crazy pain! and 3) I actually experienced symptoms of shock, which is nuts for such a small wound. I was dizzy, nausea and panicky… and I’m usually a grace-under-fire kind of person.

Joa · August 28, 2007 at 1:12 pm

Affreuse aventure… pauvre petit.

Tasha · August 28, 2007 at 2:25 pm

I think you should send the last picture of Sam to Electrolux if they don’t send you money for your new stove…………….

Naomi · August 28, 2007 at 3:14 pm

Thank you for including the last pic of Sam so I don’t have nightmares… his hurt face looked so sad and scary…

lace · August 28, 2007 at 3:36 pm

We have a light switch in our house that you used to give you shocks. It was a metal plated switch. Not sure if that is why or not but it would zap you every once in a while. Not fun getting electrocuted.

Karen · August 28, 2007 at 4:21 pm

Yes, we have a metal plated switch cover in our bathroom… and I went to turn on the light once… and ZAP!!! Thankfully I’ve only got zapped once!

Safire · August 28, 2007 at 5:49 pm

Aww! Poor thing! Hope it’s healing nicely! (And the company should totally send you a new stove!)

Priya · August 28, 2007 at 6:46 pm

so awful to see sam cry. I hope he forgets it soon and get back to his games.

Amanda · August 28, 2007 at 7:10 pm

Poor blondie. I love the unintentional flipping of the bird. :)

carol · August 28, 2007 at 7:44 pm

I’m glad Sam is doing ok. Went through lots of stitches with my kids. Glad he didn’t need any.

Damselfly · August 28, 2007 at 8:03 pm

That last photo is just too much! Ha! But the sight of blood drops on the floor made me a bit queasy….

Our stove and oven unit is dying. It came with the house, which is almost 30 years old, so I guess it had a good run. Suppose I’ll be shopping for a new appliance soon too….

Mefeng · August 28, 2007 at 8:59 pm

Oh, being electrocuted is so scary! Glad that you’re alright. Electrolux must do something about this!!!
Sam is really tough. Glad that he’s doing OK and no stitches. Love your last pic.

Modern Mommy · August 28, 2007 at 9:30 pm

Mommy knows, thanks for your comment on my page about crabmommy!! I try to stay clear of too much advice online! I LOVE your page and was really flattered to have you visit mine. I am so looking forward to keeping up with your adventures!

PamW · August 28, 2007 at 11:41 pm

How is Sam’s finger doing a couple of days later? I hope it’s healing well.

Diane · August 29, 2007 at 12:02 am

Wow that would be scary both times… I remember getting shocked by a certain light we had as kids and that zap is one you will never forget… yuck!

Marcy · August 29, 2007 at 12:14 am

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!! on both accounts. Poor guy and poor mommy. Hey, keep fighting the stove people and if they don’t respond go to the media. That is something the public should be aware of and I can not believe they are ignoring you.

captain corky · August 29, 2007 at 3:35 am

I’m sure glad this had a funny, and happy ending. Love the last pic. :)

Kirsten · August 29, 2007 at 8:40 am

Yikes! I hope your little ones are ok! That certainly is scary. I remember when a similar thing happened with my children. They built a fort near some tools and such out in the back yard and with all their horseplay the tools and two pipes came tumbling down. My youngest who was just over 1 ½ at the time got cut pretty bad. He got blood all over his baby clothes and screamed for hours.

My other son who was 3 at the time also got hurt but his wounds where less severe and only got some scrapes and some small cuts. The oldest who was 6 then was the culprit and through shaking the fort from side to side he caused it to bump into the wall that was holding everything up and then caused it all to come flying down.

I was pretty scared at first but I got the bleeding to stop and patched all three kids up. They were still pretty shaken though so I promised them I’d take them out and by them some trendy toddler clothing, designer baby clothes, and for the oldest, a new toy. This seemed to help them out quite a bit. I hope all is well now with your kids.

Karen · August 29, 2007 at 9:56 am

I hope Sam’s finger is doing a lot better now! :)

Jaime Stephens · August 29, 2007 at 10:29 am

How is Sam’s finger doing today? Is he still taking great pleasure out of his temporarily finger pointing allowance? I hope everything is healing quickly! When I first started my working career I nearly cut off my index finger on my right hand. It was brutal. I still don’t have feeling in that finger.

Tasha · August 29, 2007 at 10:32 am

When I first saw the picture I thought all the blood was from you being electrcuted! Any lasting affects/burns?

Deb · August 29, 2007 at 10:42 am

Have you started cooking yet?

Grams · August 29, 2007 at 9:06 pm

Wow Sam, that was close!
I hope your finger is ok, and you had a great supper tonight on the new stove!

How’s Liz?


moosh in indy. · August 31, 2007 at 6:17 pm

I don’t care about winning anything, your kid is (as we call them) SUPERTOUGH.
Sam, you’re awesome in the moosh book.

Heather · September 1, 2007 at 8:09 pm

Awww! Poor Sam! Love the last picture though.

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