Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Elam's first ...............

This blog was created to help me remember important memories about my children. Some of those memories are "first" that happen to our family or children.

I will admit that with Elam being the third child, I tend to miss his "first."

Well, in order to not be over looked, Elam decided to grab some attention for the entire family.

A first for Elam and all my children..........
STITCHES!

On Tuesdays I teach dance, so the kids spend part of the day with Grandma Grandpa. I got a call from Grandma during dance class. (Usually, I don't even answer my phone, but this time I did)
Grandma described what happened and I let her know I'd be right there. He was already done crying and ready to get up and move around.
On my way I call the doctors office and guess what?????
She is out of the office on Tuesday afternoons!!!
It was already 1:00.

So, I leave a message on her cell.

At Grandma's house, I find Elam who is totally himself and fine, but poor Grandma, Grandpa and especially Gibson were still torn up. (Haven seemed to be ok)
After looking at the cut on his forehead, caused by running into the corner of the wall, I decided I'd let him take his nap and wait for the doctor to call back.

It seemed to take forever for her to call, so I begin calling anybody else I think can answer some questions.
My friend Kelli who works at church told me about an AM PM clinic that she has used quite a bit. She also googgled about stitches. I told her I wasn't sure if I would be able to teach my afternoon dance class and she was ready to call people for me.
I called the clinic and he said I had around 12 hours to work with before it was too late to close him up. I knew I had time to wait for Dr. Parker to call me back, but I still wanted to talk to more people. Kelli also gave me a work number for a nurse who I actually just spent the weekend with at Falls Creek. (Where I danced) I called and had to talk to a very stressed and frustrated nurse who finally put me on speaker phone in the isolation room my friend Mary Anne was in.
She calmly told me the same stuff Kelli and the Doctor at the clinic had said. I had time to wait for the doctor to call me back.
She finally did.
She told me to take him to the clinic, but I did have enough time to teach my dance class first while Elam finished his nap.
(a quick note on Gibson. He is truly my most sensitive child. He clung to me the whole time while I was at Grandma's and he cried so hard when I was leaving for dance, that I took him with me)

So, here we are at the clinic waiting to see the doctor. He is very smiley and saying cheese to my camera phone.


After taking the band aid off for the nurse, I could tell a major difference in the cut post nap.


Soon after this picture we had seen the doctor and were waiting for the stitches.



We were moved to another room where we waited as I watched the doctor prep all his stuff. He talked about the Glue that can be used to close cuts. He said only for vertical cuts which close more on their own.




After we were done, we went to eat at Chiles. It was a tough thing to go through, but we made it. The poor guy had to be wrapped into a sheet and I had to hold him down. It wasn't fair because he could only see me! He couldn't see the doctor who gave him 3 shots to numb him! He couldn't see the nurse who was holding his head. Only his mother who was struggling to hold him down. Actually, he couldn't see me at one point either because they put a paper with a hole in it on his face.

Check out his hair and all the after pictures. He was so sweaty!!! poor guy!!


The hard part will be keeping a band aid on him.
If you are squeamish don't look at these pictures of the actual stitches after he took his band aid off.

5 stitches total!!


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He is doing great this morning and doesn't seem bothered by anything that happened. Really, it was a pretty calm event. I'm glad it's over and don't want to do it again any time soon.
(My bets are that when it does happen again it will be with Elam!)
What do you think?

7 comments:

Daniel and Christy Davis said...

Poor little guy! I told my Mom Benjamin will be next. That little guy falls all the time. We have a brick wall as one of the four walls in our living room and he fell and hit that the other day...he just has a bump and a scratch...but I will prepare myself for stitches...

Elam's Daddy had a lot of stitches when he was little...

Papa Lyndel said...

Oooooo. I know where Gibson got his sensitivity - from his Papa. I need to see Elam and Gibson! They need to see their Papa!

Anonymous said...

Girl! Poor Elam, he is such a BOY!! What a day huh?
See you soon,

Jana

grani said...

Haley - I am so sorry...I know just how you feel. I always had to hold Andrew down for his stitches. The first time, he was 2 and we were on our way to church for Easter Sunday morning. Grandma Gwartney had bought him the cutest little white shorts overalls with a white shirt. He was already dressed when he split his head open. We went to the clinic and they sewed him up and sent us on to church where Grandma was waiting to see him in his outfit. Believe it or not....it was spotless. Not a drop of blood. That wasn't the last time he got stitches.

Emily said...

How scary! I know just how you feel. Isaac needed stitches the first time Randall ever left me alone with him for the weekend. Isaac was 7 months old and I had no idea what to do! I googled it and what I read meant nothing to me... I just took him to the ER and they put glue on his horizontal cut under his chin. He still has a scar. He'll probably never grow hair there as an adult... I'm glad Elam's okay!

Arkansas's Swiss Family Imholz said...

This is an original for "our" Elam. I bet he was chasing to catch up with his older brother.
;-)
Give him a couple of more years; he'll be able to keep up. Whatever is on his face just makes him more adorable and rugged at the same time. :-)
Oma

Mindy said...

I know exactly how you felt having to hold him down - had to do that with Wesley a few years ago when he had to have stitches, except it took me, his dad, two nurses & the doctor to hold him down. And, he screamed bloody murder the ENTIRE time. Needless to say, it scarred me for life & he can't stand to be held down now.

Glad Elam was okay.