Sunday, May 13, 2007

4 stitches

Rich and I were less than a mile from home, on our way with dinner (yummy burgers from Fuddrucker's) when Rich's cell rang.

Frankie: "Winnie fell off the swing set and cut her tongue."

No Fudd's for us.

Rich looked first as I tended to Lizzie, who was inconsolable over her sister's pain and worried over the possibility of catching another glimpse of the tongue.

Mouth injuries heal fast and sometimes there is a question of weather or not to seek treatment and usually Rich is overly dramatic about things. Well, after he saw it he wasn't sure if she needed to go to the ER or not, so he called there for advice -- so I was thinking it was probably not too bad given the fact that he was so calm (when his fight or flight gets triggered it's a freak show).

Let me tell you, when I got a look so I could weigh in -- there was a solid line and not a dotted line like when teeth go through just a bit. I gingerly touched to see if it was deep and the second it moved I was like, okay, what's the debate?

I told her, "The good news is, you are going to get a toy out of this one, and you are going to have a really cool story to tell your friends tomorrow."

...or maybe the next day. When that Novocain wore off it wasn't pretty, but only until the advil kicked in. She is my hero -- holy crap did she take it like a champ. They didn't even have to use the clampy thing, she just held out her tongue and held my hand -- she cried, but it was that friggin brave and silent cry -- she was amazing.

Four stitch's and there was debate about one more, but it was laying together clean enough that they left that part stitch less.

I was proud of my entire family -- Frankie didn't show any panic at all and totally handled tending to her wound until we got home. Rich didn't try to "calm everyone down" in that way that's not calming at all -- he was all dad and just what she needed. And Lizzie for not throwing up or passing out and for bringing on the sister love when it counted.

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Blogger Mel said...

my favorite mother's day present to my mom was when i was 6. my older sis and i decided to make her breakfast in bed. i climbed up on the counter to get down plates as sis got into the counter under me to get a pan. and when i jumped down, i landed square on the corner of the cabinet, splitting the back of my thigh wide open (why were those things so sharp??!) i ran into mom's room with blood coursing down my leg, and off to the hospital we went. and yes, i had a kick ass story (and a limp) to show off at school the next day. 7 stitiches. And i still have the scar to proove it.

9:49 AM  
Blogger kim said...

I don't know how to write gross out sounds, but guh guh guh -- why, why do they make those things so sharp?

And the fact that you two were trying to make breakfast for her...that puts a lot of get out of jail free cards in the bank of mom -- you must have gotten away with murder for a while off of that one.

I was just glad all her teeth were still in and the jaw worked, etc. She's misserable today, TG she is sleeping right now -- I would do anything for her.

10:32 AM  
Blogger TTQ said...

Let's see.. I was in the ER this week too and admitted! Almost missed Mother's Day. Oh and there was the one Christmas with Dad and his new GF whose dog attacked me and I had to go home to mom Christmas Day with over 100 stitches.
But my mom totally rocks and was great yseterday even though Honey and I just brought food to her house and cooked her dinner instead of us doing our plan A.

2:34 PM  
Blogger kim said...

100 stitches!!! You poor baby.

Hope you are all better from this week and never to return to the ER, that's enough now.

2:51 PM  
Blogger Swishy said...

Oh, my gosh! Poor little thing. So brave! Glad she's OK.

8:27 PM  
Anonymous tooth fairey said...

Awww... poor thing! Too bad there's no stitch fairey

9:28 AM  
Blogger kim said...

Oh, there's a stitch fairey all right, his name is Dad. Girlfriend got a nintendo DS when he could have gotten away with a My Scene Roller Derby girl.

2:56 PM  
Blogger Trish Ryan said...

Oh man - what a brave little girl! You too!!!
I hope she's feeling better.

5:21 PM  
Blogger kim said...

I was so relieved that she still had all of her teeth and the jaw seemed to be in the right place, etc. A tongue? very gross, but totally stitchable.

11:21 AM  
Blogger pr!tz said...

oh baby!!
Is she FINE?!

5:31 AM  
Blogger kim said...

She is doing great. Still talking like she has a tongue ring -- most of the stiches have dissolved, but there is still a little crack at the top -- hope it doesn't heal that way, but she can eat most foods and she's back to her usual bouncy self.

11:10 AM  

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