Monday, October 16, 2006

Blood in the Cards

It turns out there's something scarier than taking two babies camping in the deep dark woods...

It's called the pediatric emergency room.

Neither of our children had ever been there before this weekend.

Camping, schmamping.


Pah.

We went out into nature, stayed until dark, put the children in their pajamas, strapped their little butts into their car seats and drove that car straight home.

Some days the little sprogs get the best of you and you have to shout, "RETREAT! RETREAT! RETURN TO HOME BASE! GO! GO! GO!"

Home. Where there is child-related infrastructure...


...like furniture with straps...

...high chairs for example.

Strapped in, is good.

Despite our chicken shit, lazy ass narrow escape from
The Blair Witch, Jason and (more realistically) a heavy infestation of fire ants living in the woods, blood was in our cards.

Rooster Girl, our daredevil, in a random and non-daring act, tripped over my foot at the playground, fell on the pavement and split her head open.

She screamed and screamed.

This marks the first time I have watched one of my children really bleed.

Randomly, one of the pediatricians from our practice happened to be at the playground with her son. She looked at the cut and recommended Roo go to the emergency room.

Unfortunately, we were visiting a playground all the way across town and had walked there.
We had spent the morning strolling the children downtown to a coffee shop and on further to this far away, but oh-so-very-excellent playground. (Much better than waking up in the middle of the deep, dark woods, no?)

I wasn't very worried at first. Roo was cut, though it didn't seem so deep to me. Then she proceeded to fall immediately to sleep in the stroller prompting Kevin to scare the HOLY BEEJESUS out of me by saying, "You don't think she has a concussion do you?"

GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH?!

[FAST, FAST (unnaturally odd looking) WALKING all the way home.]

K took Roo to the emergency room while I stayed with
The Mayor.

[Much biting of nails.]

They were gone for four hours.

Rooster, as her nickname would suggest, fought a valient fight against the evil members of the medical profession who glued her back together.

Literally.

(Who knew there was such a thing as "derma-glue?")

She is fine.

Her parents are feeling overly protective and extra tender towards her.


28 comments:

queenbadmama said...

My daughter's been glued together too! She fell and caught the tile tub corner just above her eye in a nasty triangular cut. I totally freaked out the same way about the sleeping-head injuries are the scariest! Poor Ruby-I hope she heals quick.

Christina_the_wench said...

My daughter was wearing new tennies while pushing a shopping cart with me, fell and hit her mouth on the shelf under the cart, biting through her lip. She had minor surgery and a slight scar now. I think it scarred me more than her. I feel you.

She is adorable even with bandage by the way. Did they give her a teddy bear or anything?

the-sour-kraut said...

My sister was babysitting our son who was 2 at the time. He was running to her to ask her if he could have some yogurt when he misjudged the turn and ran into the corner of the wall. That was at 3pm. My sister stayed with our younger son while we went to the ER. No derma-glue, this boy had 18 stitches from a plastic surgeon. At 9pm we arrived home and the first words out of our son's mouth when he saw my sister were, "Can I have that yogurt now?"

I hope Ruby recovers quicky.

Momish said...

What a nightmare! I am glad she is doing fine. I am sure you will be back to yourself in a week or two as well! I can only imagine how frightening the whole ordeal was. (I agree, she looks simply adorable even with the bandage!)

wordgirl said...

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the woods...er...back home. Yeah, those head wounds bleed like a mutha.

Diana said...

hey, i had derma glue when i split my eye open in a car accident. "This will prevent scarring that stitches will leave" said the ER doc. I have an inch-and-a-half sized scar above my eye. It's a kicker to take off when the time comes, I recommend lots of soapy warm water, even though mine peeled off (which is painful). I hope she feels better soon. That must have been a nightmare for you!

Plain Jane Mom said...

Wow, that's quite a story. I'm so sorry for all of you! Amazing that a pediatrician that you knew was there.

I hope you're all OK. I assume there was no concussion and she was tired from the stress? No?

And boy oh boy is she cute.

carmachu said...

Apparantly, the internet sucked out my last post.


Anyway, I hear you. THat looks ugly. We've been lucky so far with sarah, but its only a matter of time with her jumping off couches, climbing over tables and other odds and ends....

Poor mommy.....

Blog Antagonist said...

Oh no! Poor Ruby. Poor you.

Can you believe that at 8 and 11, neither of my kids has had stitches or a broken bone? Not for lack of trying though.

I did break my best friend's child though. I had to take him to the ER and watch him get stitched up. It was almost as traumatic as watching my own.

I hope Ruby's feeling better soon. They say the glue leaves virtually no scar.

Karen said...

OH! I hope Ruby feels better soon (though I bet she's probably back to running around like usual and it's just Mom and Dad who are still freaked out!). I hope YOU feel better soon. It's always traumatic when something like this happens, but it always works out OK in the end. Just one of those parenting trials!
Hang in there!

Anonymous said...

If you could look at her while she was bleeding you did better than your Mom. You fell while climbing on something in your brother's room when you were a toddler and split your head open. Much blood and me screaming for you Dad, because I do not do blood. He took you to get stitched up.

I was not so lucky when Jamie did it on a full grocery cart (much like the other post) and I had to leave the groceries and rush to the hospital to have him stitched -nauseous me, screaming Jamie. I think you were at kindergarten or else you would have held my hand and told me it would be OK. You frequently did that with me. Love, Mom

julia said...

Poor Ruby. Poor you! It's a sickening feeling when they get hurt like that.

When O was about 15 months old and rather unsteady on her feet, she fell and split her lip open. They gave her one stitch for it and I think I cried as hard as she did.

blessedmomx3 said...

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!

Bob said...

Wait, how long has this derma-glue been around? Because about 8-9 years ago I accidentally sliced my hand open on a job and I had to get the needle and thread treatment (as well as 100 questions about whether I wanted to kill myself, or what exactly was I trying to do?) And consider yourself lucky if you never need staples. Those hurt like hell coming out.

S. said...

Poor Girl and Poor Parents! Hope everyone is doing better now.

Mommy off the Record said...

Oh how scary! I am sorry you had to go through this. My son fell on his head for the first time a few weeks ago and it was terrifying. Glad she's OK.

Sayre said...

This stuff happens. When my son was learning to walk, we padded EVERYTHING. Literally had pillows taped to furniture and stuff. The only thing we didn't pad was the bottom shelf of the TV stand. It was 1/4 inch off the ground. Guess what happened? Z-boy fell and landed forehead first on that edge and split his forehead open. No stitches required (my family seems to heal quickly from stuff like that), but he looked like we'd beaten the hell out of him for our Christmas pictures that year....

Mama C said...

Derma-glue? oh hell yeah. When Bennett was playing in the trash can and I took the empty corn can away from him, he sliced his right index finger. It took several tubes of derma-glue, 3 nurses, and 2 doctors before they could get the bleeding to stop. My husband almost passed out cold from seeing his son bleed. Me? I was fine. However, it is rather disconcerting to see your baby bleeding all over the floor of the ER.

The good news? Bennett doesn't really have much of a scar. However, he is LEFT-handed now. I'm not sure if he was before, but he had a bandage all around his right hand for a couple of weeks. Hmm... makes you wonder.

IzzyMom said...

Awww...poor baby! But even with a boo boo on her forehead she's cute as can be :)

Shannon said...

HOLY COW! You poor things! But Ruby looks adorable, as usual. I was thinking of her today, in fact (before reading the blog). Conner (my almost 13 month old) was climbing UP the slide. I thought, "this is scary," and I had a vision of Ruby coming down the slide face first.

Waya said...

Oh my goodness, this brought back very very bad memory of our ER trip a while bk (which I posted) where our 6 y/o son had 5 stitches and another 6 stitches (under his chin) a wk after the first stitches were taken out too early (stupid doc)!

Check out those big beautiful eyes even with that big boo boo. Poor Ruby!

hautemama said...

Poor Ruby! I'm happy to hear that she is ok tho.

mad muthas said...

ooh - she looks like a little pirate, bless!

Kristin said...

Oh no! The poor tiny woman!!

Lisa said...

Its a good thing she's not older. Because as guilty as you probably feel -- if she was aware of the guilt and really played up the hurt, she'd have probably guilted you into a new car and several pairs of designer jeans. heehee.

She is so beautiful.

jen said...

um, OH MY FREAKING GOD. terrifying.

no blair witch. bad.

Kevin Charnas said...

oh man...Jessica...thank goodness that little sweety is fine. thank goodness.

urban-urchin said...

Oh poor Ruby and poor parents! That's terrifying- esp. the falling asleep in the stroller bit. She's is SO CUTE, the bandage just draws attention to those big doe eyes.