Tuesday, November 06, 2012

That's Going to Leave a Mark

I saw it out of the corner of my eye. After a long day of check-ups at the pediatrician's office for three kids and regular school work, then a rush to get my two oldest kids and husband off to a special evening Mass, I had turned on a video for the other kids and sat down at the computer in the room with them.

A minute or so later, the two year old daredevil stood up on a rolling toy, which slipped out from under him, sending him backwards into a metal magazine box full of coloring books, which had, of course, been pulled off of the bookcase and was lying on the floor.

Smack! I knew it wouldn't be good. By the time I ran him to the bathroom with my hand over the back of his head, we were both pretty bloody. I had to strip him down and rinse his head to even figure out where the wound was.

And then the doubt and questions set in? Does it need stitches? Am I paranoid? Why didn't I catch him? I called the doctor, and after talking to the person on call — got confirmation that we probably should take him in.

By this time, my husband was home, so I didn't have to drag five little kids to the ER at 8 o'clock at night. They returned around 11:15, and he now has four staples in the back of his head. If he'd done it before Halloween, Frankenstein would have been a most appropriate costume.

I sure am thankful for a nearby children's hospital, but I'd rather not have to actually use it so much.


That other thing happening today? Yes, I voted. 'Tis done. I'll try not to feel ill if things don't go my way, as I am sure about half the country will be doing if they do go my way.


Diane said...

Poor little guy. He looks so sweet (and innocent) sleeping. But they do the darnedest things, don't they? (((hugs))) to you as well.

Nadja said...

Ouch! We were at VCH yesterday, too...Dominic had a hernia surgery. Gemma got 3 stitches in her chin a month ago. Kids are just so much fun!

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