Tuesday, August 12, 2008
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!