Emma had her first trip to the ER today. We were shopping for Halloween costume material at JoAnn Fabrics tonight when Emma runs head first, full boar into a display cart and splits her lip wide open. She was screaming, blood was gushing everywhere and Julie was a basket case. We literally ran out of the store and sped as fast as rush hour traffic would allow to the nearest hospital. After giving her pain killers and two shots to numb her mouth, they put two stitches into her lower lip so it would heal without a scar.
It wasn't a major injury, though the gash was pretty deep. Nevertheless, it was gut wrenching to stand there in the hospital as three nurses held Emma motionless while the doctor sewed up her lip as she screamed bloody murder. They told us to keep talking to her while they did it, but I was so choked up I couldn't get any words out. It was just awful to stand there helpless while my little baby girl was in so much terror and pain. Of course the doctor was only trying to help her, but Emma couldn't know that. All she knew was that people were pinning her down while someone stuck a needle into her already damaged lip.
It was horrible, just horrible. As a parent, you hate to see your child in so much pain, especially when they're incapable of really comprehending what's going on or why. But, given the circumstances, she did okay. And by the time we got home she was laughing and playing again.
The stitches come out in less than a week.
posted by Mike Clawson at 12:00 AM | Permalink
At 9/14/2006 02:25:00 AM, Heather
I totally feel your pain! Nic split his head open in the spring, and then his chin in Miami just before we left. It is one of the worst things you have to go through as a parent. But like you said, they bounce back really fast!
Hope you all heal quickly and well.
At 9/14/2006 10:54:00 AM, Amy
I sliced open my foot when I was really little and my dad said that was one of the worst moments in his life going to the ER--I think he even used it in a sermon!
Hailey is starting to walk now so she is falling everywhere. It's hard to keep from crashing when they want to explore everything.
At 9/15/2006 11:24:00 PM, DesertPastor
She's SO precious, and it hurts us too whenever our little ones need stitches and such.
Blessings on Emma and your house!
At 9/17/2006 11:26:00 PM, Cary
That just makes me want to cry. Poor baby girl. We haven't had to visit the ER yet, but with two very energetic boys (4 and 1) I'm afraid that trip may be inevitable. In fact our youngest has had three major tumbles in the last two weeks. The most recent one occurred Sat.
I was a few yards back with the oldest, and I saw the baby jump from the stroller Daddy was pushing and land on his head on the concrete before rolling toward the canal we were walking along. I swear I must have lost years in that instant. It's so scary when our kids get hurt!
Glad to hear that Emma was playing again quickly. Kids always seem to bounce back so much better than their parents. :-)