We have had our first trip to the ER for stitches. Not a first I am happy about. Vincent built a "bridge" from the couch to the coffee table with pillows. Christopher was standing on the couch and stepped on it, falling through face first into the coffee table. I grabbed him and saw the blood coming out and freaked. It was even coming out of his eye like tears. I am pretty much useless as a physician when this type of thing happens to my own kids. The tough part was deciding what to do with the situation. Initially it looked superficial until Peter pulled on it and it came gaping open. Peter suggested getting some glue from his office and just gluing it. I was afraid it would split open, and then would not be able to get stitched. This is one of those situations I find a bit difficult as a mom and pediatrician. Where do you draw the line? How much home treatment is too much? We really had to step back and ask ourselves what we would recommend to a patient in our office. The answer was stitches. So off to the ER we went!
Bad picture, but the split was so close to his eye. I cringe thinking about what would have happened to his eye had it been over just a bit.
Here I am holding the topical numbing medicine on the lac. He is saying "cheese" in this picture:
We opted to not sedate him, but just to papoose him. ( well, Pete opted for that. He didn't want to have to wait around for 4 hours) He tried not to cry which just about broke my heart. I did cry a bit myself.
The ER doc did a great job and was pretty fast. He did some stitch that looped under the laceration with only a knot on either side
Christopher was a trooper! He was smiling and chattering in the car on the way home.
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