The School of Hard Knocks

Friday September 3, 2010

School started early for Adam.  Today he got schooled in gravity and learned that a body in motion will stay in motion until it comes in contact with a solid object (or something like that — science was never my strong suit).

Midway through an already cranky morning, I heard Adam start to cry.  I looked up to see blood streaming down his face.   He had tripped and fallen head first into the raised stone hearth of our fireplace.  He had a big ole gash and although I was able to stop the bleeding initially, it became clear that we’d be making yet another trip to the ER.

I quickly got myself dressed (it was supposed to be a lazy day at home), and got all 3 kids in the car.  Although we live 5 minutes from Virginia Hospital Center, I hopped on the Beltway to get to Fairfax Inova.  Even though it is a bit further, I much prefer Fairfax for its pediatric ER unit.

Knowing that we could be there for a while and lunchtime was approaching, I swung into Wendy’s on the way over to pick up some food.  When I rolled up to the window to pay, the woman started to give me the “Have a nice day”, smile then looked startled.  I realized Adam had rolled down his window and this is what she saw:

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I mumbled that we were on our way to the hospital and made a hasty departure.

It took a few minutes to get checked in at the front desk, but then we were escorted back to the children’s waiting area.  The nurse told me it wouldn’t be long before we were called back to a room.  Not believing her, I started to unpack lunch for everyone, only to have to pack it back up when she re-appeared a minute later.

We got settled into our room and met the nurse and soon after, a doctor.  Adam was much more cheerful once he had some french fries and nuggets to munch on.


The assessment was that stitches were needed and a topical medicine needed to be applied for 20 minutes to numb the area.  Considering the boy wouldn’t let me apply an ice pack or even hardly clean the wound, I wasn’t sure how this part would go.


However, with the help of Sponge Bob and ring pops, the time passed quickly enough for everyone.


The big kids were escorted to the waiting area when the doctor returned to perform the stitches.  They watched TV there while I stayed with Adam.  The doc was wonderful.  We had “Lammie” with us and she used his lovie to explain what she was going to do to Adam.  He looked at her like he wasn’t buying it, but was cooperative and still.  They bundled him up in a sheet like a burrito and then a nurse held his head still while the doctor worked.  The nurse was also wonderful, she sang children’s songs to distract him.  He was a trooper and only cried a bit at the end.

Three stitches later and life was better again.


We had to wait for discharge papers and to pay on our way out, but I think we were in and out of there in an hour and a half.  A personal record!   The last time we were in for stitches, the pediatrician commented the doctor had done a good job.  Hopefully that will be true this time, since his wound is in a prominent place.  We’ll return in 4 or 5 days to get them taken out.

Here’s the boy a few hours later, around dinnertime.  He’s got a lovely abrasion that looks like his own personal Bindi.



Since this is our 4th ER visit of the year, it seemed appropriate to link up to Friday Fails at Blessed Life.  Happy weekend all!


5 Responses to The School of Hard Knocks

  1. 1
    Bear says:

    You should get a group discount from Inova.

  2. 2
    Heather says:

    Love it! You have such a nicely set up blog – it makes me want to work on mine again! 😉

  3. 3
    Renee says:

    I am glad he is okay. LOL about the drive-thru! And about wrapping him up like a burrito. Years ago when we had to give one of our cats medicine the vet told us to wrap her up like a burrito. It didn’t work for the cat but I am glad it worked for A.

  4. 4
    Grandpa says:

    Hello Adam,
    Really sorry to hear about the fall you had and sure am glad you made it thru it all ok too.

    Love you all,

  5. 5
    xfitdad says:

    Yeah, that’s gonna leave a mark.

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