"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
--Jeremiah 29:11

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Just Back From the ER

with Connie. We left the house at 8pm and just made it home at 12:44am! Not too long after dinner the kids went out back to look for rainbows. On his way back in the house, he tripped on the threshold and hit his head on the door frame. He cried pretty hard but I just figured it hurt. I didn't see any marks right away. I sat him in his seat for some strawberries and when I finished slicing them, I saw the blood on his eyelid. He had hit that orbital bone and split open his eyelid right above his right eye in the corner nearest the temple. I called Dr. Davis' exchange and the nurses from Children's hospital called back. He was acting fine and it had stopped bleeding. It isn't very big at all and they asked all the questions that they ask for cuts and also the questions for head trauma. All checked out great except for one. When she heard that the cut was on the eyelid she said that the guidelines they have are to go to the ER. Doesn't even warrant a call to the doctor, it's supposed to be a trip in. Ugh. Greg and I really didn't think they'd do anything for it, but I was kind of glad to get a second opinion. We were advised to go into St. John's since they already have a record of him there and both his main doctors have privileges there. They were packed. There were kids all over the place who had obviously been puking because they were carrying around buckets with them. They were nice enough to let us wait in a little storage room that patients don't usually go in so that we could hopefully prevent Connie from getting any bugs. They didn't have any rooms open up until after 11pm. It was a long wait and lots of entertaining. It is exhausting trying to entertain a two year old when you don't want him to touch anything! He climbed up into his stroller and then jumped down about a gazillion times then when we finally got an exam room he jumped up and down on the bed about a gazillion times. He definitely didn't act like he needed to be there, but we had to follow the "protocol". Finally we got checked out and we were told that sometimes less is more and in the case of a "deep superficial cut" like he has, it is better to leave it alone. We will wash it daily with soap and water and apply an antibiotic ointment that is safe to get in the eyes. Other than that, it should heal nicely and the only time we'll be able to notice it in the future is that it may stay white when the rest of his face tans.

I'm off to bed. Hopefully he'll let me sleep in tomorrow (I mean. . .today)!

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