So, I got a frantic call from Kevin today while I was at a baby shower. Please come home he says. I need help. Lucie had tripped over his foot and face planted into the baby gate that I have up in the basement. This gate has a plastic coated grate that cut her face. Her eye lid to be exact. So, home I went. The bird and the bean were both wailing when I arrived. Kevin looked tired. I passed out lollipops and pacifiers to quiet the scene and helped Kevin clean out the wound. It looked pretty bad, but we thought if we could clean it up and bandage it – she would be fine. We had lunch and everyone was happy. Then, this is what Lucie looked like when she woke up from her nap.
Yikes. It wouldn’t stop bleeding. So, we decided to go to urgent care where they cleaned it up a little bit better and handed out more lollipops. The doctor there (after taking our $25) said that it definitely needed stitches, but she didn’t feel comfortable doing it. Nice. So, she sent us to the ER. It was deeper and longer than we thought.
So, at the ER, my sweet little bird got her first (and hopefully last) three stitches! They had to “papoose” her which is basically a straight jacket and one nurse laid on top of her and another one held her head still, while the doc stitched her up. The whole time Lucie was crying and screaming at the top of her lungs things like, “my body hurts” (yeah – there’s a nurse laying on you) and “mommy, I can’t move my arms”, “my arms are stuck”, “I want my big girl bed”, “I’m happy”, “enough”, “I’m all done” and of course the ever present “NOOOO“, “please stop” and “no more”. It was brutal. Also, she kept screaming, “No, don’t cut me!! Please don’t cut me!” Because the thing that holds the stitching needle looks like scissors and she could see it out of the corner of her eye – it freaked her out! In the end, she got yet another lollipop and calmed down enough to say “let’s go home – I feel better”. Which is good – except that I have to go back in 5 days to have the stitches removed!! AWESOME!! Wanna come?
Here are some pictures of our exciting trip to the emergency room. The doctor told us that if we had not gotten stitches (which we were seriously considering) that it would have been a very lumpy, strange and prominent scar which we would have had to think about cosmetic surgery for in the future. Wow. One little second of falling into a baby gate. What a day!
The ER did have a cute coloring book for her though. Thoughtful. The nurses and doctor at the ER were awesome actually. The nurses at Urgent Care rocked too. The doctor there – not so much.
She was really brave considering it was several hours of waiting.
With moments of scared.
We did try and have some fun playing peek-a-boo. Taking two kids on a fun trip to Urgent Care AND the ER in one night. Fun times.
This is the really strange Coke ad on the pop machines at the hospital.