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Friday, February 19, 2010

First Visit to the ER

While getting into bed last night, Avri got a little overexcited and jumped face first into her headboard. She split her face open right between her top lip and nose. The gash was deep enough that I thought it would probably need stitches. Kendall had left about 5 minutes earlier to go to Scout Round Table, so I had to call him to come home and put the other two to bed while I took Avri in. Of course, this all happened at 7:15, because the InstaCare closes at 7:00, so I had to drive her all the way downtown to the Emergency Room. This was our first visit with one of our kids. Avri had so many questions about what was going to happen, but she stayed so calm I was completely amazed. They gave her a coloring book and crayons which we read together while we waited. It answered most of the questions that she had and gave her something to do. The nurses all thought she was the cutest and sweetest little thing. She had so much to tell them and she acts so much more grown-up than 4 (and a half!). Finally, by about 10:00 she got 4 stitches in the wound. She cried a little during the second stitch, so they gave her some more numbing medicine, which made her cry much worse. That was when I started to cry too. My poor little baby. Here she is waiting for the Doctor to come in.
When it was all done she said "Mom, I don't like stitches because they make me look like I have a mustache." I couldn't help it, I laughed so hard. She really does look like Pedro. :)
Mom Tip #359: When you keep a child up half of the night in the Emergency room, they will be very tired the next day. She had so many melt downs today over the dumbest things. I could tell she was exhausted, and I could feel it too.
She asked me today how they take the stitches out, and when I told her she cried again. "I don't LIKE stitches!" she told me. We've tried to keep her happy about them, but she isn't convinced. And I must admit that I'm a little worried that she could have a big nasty scar for the rest of her life. I just hope it is minimal, but I guess there is nothing we can do about it now. She is still living up to the nickname that she earned as a one-year-old: Bonky. Always bonking that pretty little head of hers.


Harrisons said...

I say you guys have done great to make it this far without an ER visit! And, on the bright side, at least your first stitches weren't the night before the first school picture day like some people I know ;) I learned that I don't do blood very well.

danniellespackman said...

That stinks!!! Poor things!! It's no fun for moms either. Hope everything heals nicely.

Heather said...

Poor Avri! Stitches are no fun. She does have a little mustache... that is so funny. Oh I loved the story about Santa... so funny!

Carrie Wood said...

I am so sorry - for Avri and you especially! Bonky is such a cute nickname though! She has to live up to it, right?