Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Shaelyn's stitches

For those of you who don't know about Shaelyn's accident yet, here's the story. While we were camping Friday night, a friend from church comes to our campsite, carrying Shaelyn. She wasn't crying or anything but just looked dazed. Apparently, she didn't want us to know because she wouldn't be allowed to play for the rest of the night, so she told her friend not to tell us. She allowed her to tell Becky though. So she comes to us with blood covering her hands and on her face. I took her to get cleaned up and see her chin is cut pretty deep. We decided to head to the hospital. The doctor says she will need some stitches. She still wasn't crying. They took a cotton swap and taped it to her chin to numb it up. She started to talk and was wondering when we were going to get out of there. She wanted a smore. Eventually the doctor came back. He told us that the numbing solution would not get inside where he would be putting 1 stitch in so she would probably cry. We could each hold 1 hand while a nurse held her head. So she lays back and puts her arms out - ready to go. He puts the 1st stitch in and she doesn't flinch. He continues on with her never making a sound or movement. Wow, they say, she's better than some adults. So we wait to get the discharge papers. Now she's really ready to go. She wants a marshmallow and smores. Before we leave, they give her a stuffed bunny pillow and a bunch of stickers because she was so brave. On the way home, I tell her that she's so brave for never crying. "That's because I'm 4 1/2 , if I was 4, I probably would have cried" So at 11:30 at night, Dave is out roasting marshmallows for a smore. She slept through the night with no tylenol. They told us to keep it clean. Right - Sunday she was out there doing somersaults in the sand. This kind of news travels fast throughout a campground apparently because we had lots of people ask if she was the one who got stitches. Then the director tells us to file an accident report just in case- like we're going to sue them or something - but I'm sure some people would. So one of the questions is, "what could be done to prevent this from happening again" I thought about saying, "get rid of all the toys" but decided that none of the kids, including my own, would appreciate that. I should have tried for a free week of camping of being first in line to get my sites but alas, I wasn't thinking quick enough!! All we got for this $100 ER visit was a bunny but she was happy because as she put it on the way home, "I've never had a pillow before"
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6 comments:

Kimberly said...

Oh man she is a brave little one! And that is so funny that said that if she was 4 she would've cried but since she is 4 1/2 she didn't have to cry, she is too cute, even with those stitches, poor thing!

Laura said...

You know, I see some trends here. She is afraid to tell her parents about getting hurt, she has a high tolerance for pain, and the poor child has not even had a pillow before! Just kidding of course!
She is a funny girl - there's always excitement with her around right! :)

Mari said...

You know - I agree with Laura. This looks a little suspicious! Tell her we all think she is brave - even for a 4 1/2 year old.

Dena said...

My little annie has had stitches twice - I think her first set was exactly the same place as Shaelyn's! Aren't they funny! I would have cried and I am 34!
By the way - Annie is from Guatemala!!! Isn't adoption AWESOME?!

Just Another Day In Paradise said...

I'm glad she's feeling better- for some reason I thought the stitches were on her hand. I agree with her that she deserved a smore for that!

Katie said...

Wow what a brave little girl you have there.