Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Big Fall

It's going to be painful writing this, just as it was painful to experience... but Abby Kate now has her first (and hopefully ONLY!) set of stitches. Our shy, extra-cautious, non-rambunctious, little girl... I never would've thought she'd end up with a 'head wound' - as the doctor called it.

We had gone down to Mike's brother's house Sunday to have dinner and stay the night so we could say farewell as he left on his deployment. We were getting ready the next morning when we heard a loud thud, followed by screams from Abby Kate. I rushed out of the bathroom and found her on the floor, her head near the sharp corner of two walls. I was planning to pick her up, dust her off and tell her "you're OK, sweetheart," like I always do when she falls. However, when I turn her over to pick her up, blood was gushing out of an inch-long cut right down the middle of her forehead. I screamed for help and tried to stop the bleeding with my hands until Mike and Bill rushed over with cloths. The bleeding slowed fairly quickly, but we knew from the size of the cut, she'd need stitches. I felt terrible for her. And Mike and I both felt like the worst parents in the world for not being able to prevent it. She kept screaming "hurt head" and "booboo head." She calmed down in the car, but I started feeling queasy as we drove to the emergency center. I couldn't stand to see her hurt like that.

The feeling continued when we had to watch her scream and cry out for us as they put her in this straight jacket type thing to hold her still while they stitched her up - four or five in all, I think. It was terrible! She kept crying and screaming "Mommy, hold me!" Even though they numbed her, we could tell she felt some of it.

She's feeling better now. She only seems to notice it when she looks in the mirror, so I guess it doesn't hurt too much. She'll get the stitches out Monday. We are afraid of scarring. Please pray for our sweet girl!


sara said...

Oh NO! I teared up just reading about it. I remember when my baby brother was 4 or so and my dad had to hold him down to get a spinal tap for meningitis. One of the only times in his life that my dad has cried. It's crazy how when you love someone that much, you feel their pain.
Glad AK is recovering. That picture of her on your header is priceless!!

Carrie, Sean and Savannah Leigh said...

God bless her little heart. Glad to hear she is recovering and hope things get better each day!! Please give her get well kisses from Savannah Leigh.

Anonymous said...

Prayers: check
Get well wishes: check
Hugs from E&M: check
Ariel bike helmet: on backorder

Just wanted to make you smile now that everything is OK! You did a GREAT job taking care of her in the clinc while she was being stitched. I would have been a puddle on the floor. I'm putting you on speed-dial so that when it's my turn (cause I KNOW it's gonna happen sooner or later) you can come and hold MY hand while I hold my child.

~ Sarah

Kim said...

Casey, I am soo sorry! Poor little Abby Kate! I cannot imagine having to watch one of my babies in that straitjacket being stitched up. It's hard enough holding Braewyn down to get a booger out of her nose! I will pray for AK to have little to no scar. She'll be beautiful no matter what!!

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh!! That sounds terrible! I am so sorry that you guys had to go through that! What a little trooper (you and AK!!) Even with her stitches she's still so beautiful!

~Liz H

Chad and Sommer Tucker said...

That is heart breaking. I don't look forward to that day but I know my days are number with crazy grif! Give her a big hug for us!

Chad and Sommer Tucker said...

That is heart breaking. I don't look forward to that day but I know my days are number with crazy grif! Give her a big hug for us!

Brandon & Carolyn Schroder said...

as for the scar- i had 10 stitches in my forehead at about the same age, in basically the same place and you can hardly see my scar... what a tough cookie.

that would be so scary- i'm sorry! glad you were near by to kiss her and hold her.

Cristy, Nick and Caden said...

Poor AK, I am so glad she is doing better. I know that hopeless feeling, words can't describe it. She is still a little princess. Take Care, Cristy

Anonymous said...

I hard time even reading this one!! Gosh, having a baby girl...I feel your pain. Here I thought shots every two months were bad. I am sure that everything will turn out fine. I will be praying that there is not scar. Take care Case!
Love and Miss you!

The Moremans said...

oh dear! chase did the same thing...ran right into the corner of two walls! that bump that creates looks so bad...so hard to see them in pain! i hope she is feeling better!