06 March 2014

Our morning at the Urgent Care.

Many of you asked for me to share more of our every day. And this? This is just another example of what a day in the life might look like if you're a Mama to two crazy kids.

Bennett & Easton (but especially Bennett), has had their share of falls, bumps, bruises, and scrapes. But somehow, up until yesterday, we've managed to avoid the Urgent Care/Emergency room. I suppose I should have known this day was coming. It's basically unavoidable with two little kids. They are both walking accidents just waiting to happen.

Wednesday morning, I got the kiddos up like usual. It was 7:45am when we came downstairs. We came in the kitchen and I started making their breakfast. The kiddos heard the garbage trucks outside, I don't know what it is about garbage trucks that is so fascinating. But they ran in the living room to check it out. A few minutes later, their oatmeal was done. Bennett came running in and sat down at the table... I called for Easton..... no answer. 3 seconds later I hear a crash, followed immediately by loud screaming and crying. I run in to find him laying on the floor holding his head. I swooped him up and felt around for a bump. Instead, I got a handful of blood. I got a little frantic looking for the wound that was producing so much blood. But naturally, Easton was fighting me, not wanting me to touch him. I admit that in that moment, not knowing how severe the cut was... it was horrifying. Seeing a steady flow of blood pouring down his neck, I was a wreck. He just has SO much hair and the blood was so thickly gooped in it,  I couldn't find the wound.

So I took him upstairs to rinse him off to see if I could get a better look and this is what I saw.


I was thankful because it could have been MUCH worse. But at the same time, it looked deep to me. A few minutes later... I decided to take him to the Urgent Care.

Have you ever been to the Urgent Care with small children in tow? Not the most pleasant thing to do. Luckily, we didn't have to wait too long, only about 40 minutes. The doctor gave us the good news that other than a probable headache, he would be just fine. But then she broke the bad news, they were going to need to put a few staples in. Ugh. I wasn't excited about this because I knew they were going to have to basically hold him down screaming and crying to accomplish that. She was very nice, though. She gave the boys suckers to distract them for a bit while they went to get the supplies.

Bennett was being so sweet. I asked him several times to come sit by me, but he insisted on sitting next to his little brother, telling him that it was going to be okay. That simple act of love between my boys was enough to comfort me in that moment. And I could tell that Easton was at ease with his brother next to him.


Poor little guy, though, he didn't know what was about to happen. The doctor and nurse came in and had me help them get Easton into the "straight jacket" as I like to call it. It was heartbreaking to see the look on his face, not understanding why we were doing this. I tried to explain it to him, but he is only 23 months, after all.

The worst part, though, was having to hold his head down while he was screaming out "Mama!!" I tried hard to fight back the tears because I didn't want him to see me upset. Thankfully, he only had to get 3 staples and it was over fairly quickly.

The whole experience was very traumatic for him, obviously. I'm glad I took him in, though. Head wounds are scary and I didn't want to take any chances. Unfortunately, I have to take him back in a week to get the staples removed. :( I'm dreading that day already.

I am realizing that with two boys (almost) 2 & 4 years old. Urgent Care visits will probably hold a regular spot in our yearly schedule.


20 comments:

Michelle said...

Poor little boy! I'm so glad it wasn't any worse, I know as a mom it was so hard on you to see him upset. I'm glad he's doing okay!

ashlyebrink said...

I'm so sorry about the little guy... but he will heal so quickly :) We've been to the ER twice already with our guy... and just like you... I expect more visits in the future! I hope that you both are feeling better today!

JenniferAStreet said...

I got eyes full of tears for you mama! Good job being strong.

Aileen Johnston said...

Oh you poor love. I had tears in my eyes reading the line where Bennet insisted on sitting next to his brother and telling him it was going to be ok. Head wounds are always so scary as there is so much blood that can come from what can sometimes be such a little thing. Obviously in this case it wasnt. I wish I could tell you this will be your last visit to A&E (as we call it in the UK) but my friend who has 3 boys is never out of the place. Without sounding sexist I don't know what it is about boys that attracts danger. Saying that I went through to my living room the other day and my daughter was trying to climb out of the window so I think visits to the A&E are coming in my future!

I am so glad he is ok and I will be praying for you the day he has to get the staples out. Lots of hugs to him and to you obviously!

Cassie @ Live.Laugh.L0ve. said...

Ugh! I'm so happy he is okay! This reminds me of when Jay had to get staples in his knee after slicing it open not that long ago! It took everything in me to lift his pant leg to see how bad the cut was becausw it was bleeding so much! Boys are just known for getting hurt! I've heard the stories from my husband and his brothers about what they did as kids and my mouth always hangs open in horror more often than not. I hope he heals quickly!

Jess Beer said...

I almost started crying reading this! Glad he's ok - so so scary. I wouldn't have been able to keep my tears in during the staples!

Hayley! said...

Awww, poor little sweetie! My little guy is 23 months as well and I just can't imagine having to watch doctors hold him down to staple his head! :( I hope he heals quickly!!

Brandi said...

Poor guy!! Glad he is ok! Had to take my son to the ER and Urgent Care 3 different times for head wounds!! No fun!!

Fran said...

Oh poor little guy! I'm glad he's okay though!

Sarah [NurseLovesFarmer.com] said...

I'm impressed you've never been! I've taken Braden 3 times, only once was for an (unknown) injury where he wouldn't weight-bear, the other two were infection-related. Ethan's never been.

Kimberly G said...

Ouch. That looks painful. Glad that he is okay.
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Sarah said...

Ugh..you made it longer than my little girl..15 mo old and stitches in her forehead.. :( thankfully they are resilient.. my recommendation for "next time" god forbid would be a pediatric ER ..so kid friendly.. Our experience was much less traumatic..short wait, no straighthjacket and they numbed it super well before they did the stitches...

Krista said...

Aww! Poor Easton! I'm so glad he's ok. And the picture of him and Bennett is adorable. My daughter gets nursemaid's elbow often (4 times in the past 2 years) so we've visited the ER a few times bc it always seems to happen on a weekend. It's so hard to see your child in pain! And major props to you for taking & handling both of them.

Tara said...

ugh! I dread this day. But those boys sure do look cute sitting there! :)

Rj and Jessie said...

So glad he's okay!

Nikki Frank-Hamilton said...

I have had to hold mine down when they were small, it just guts you. But you got through it! Good luck on the next visit!

Kiara Buechler said...

I think P should take E to have the staples removed, how about on his Friday lunch break? ;-) I feel for ya mama, I have been there and it is the worst thing ever to have them screaming to get free.

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Amanda Jillian B said...

Not just a boy thing! I had to bring my little girl (almost) 3 years old to the ER the other week cause her brother 5 years old moved her bed against the dresser and were jumping on it from what I can gather. She bashed her head on my dresser, thankfully I was able to get family to stay home with him while I took Ariel my daughter to the ER no stitches thankfully but having to hold her down for the glue was horrible. I had that same moment of panic before I could find the wound too cause head injuries BLEED like crazy at least you weren't greeted by a bloody face like I did.

Maureen said...

I feel for you, I went through the sam thing with my daughter when she was three, she fell outside at a playground & cut her head. When they take the staples out it is generally done in their regular pediatricians office & it is super quick . My daughter had no pain getting them out.