Thursday, February 7, 2008

Staple. In. Head.

Is that title not the most intriguing title you've seen today? If you are at all faint of heart and pass out at the sight of blood, you may want to skip today's post.

You see, last night we took our first trip to the ER with the little man. One minute he was on a chair. The next minute he was sobbing on the floor. And when Quinn sobs, he also throws up. As we were standing over the kitchen sink trying to figure out what Quinn had hit on his head, Ryan saw that the lower back side of Quinn's head was dripping blood. Yes. Dripping blood. So, we put pressure on it with a towel...the bleeding stopped...the throwing up stopped...and a little bath took place. I called the pediatrician on call just to check in and she said that if the cut looked like you could push the two edges together and it looked normal...you probably need to go to the ER for a staple. To close the wound. Oh.

And indeed, if you pushed the edges together, it looked normal. Therefore we put on coats and jackets and proceeded to the ER. Quinn did great the whole trip. He played in the triage room of the ER and in the room we were escorted back to where the *staple* would occur. (the "*" are in honor of AJ today) Quinn played, pressed buttons, sat on the hospital bed, waved out the sliding glass doors at the nurses, played some more, tried to raise and lower the bed...well, you get the general idea.

Then came the *staple*. I gave the doctor and nurse warning that Quinn throws up when he cries hard so be prepared. The nurse wrapped Quinn up like a burrito so he couldn't move around. They laid him on his side on the bed and while Ryan talked to Quinn, they cleaned the wound and then came the *staple*. in. his. head. Without numbing anything. And Quinn never cried. Who is this kid!?

He has this round, silver ring sticking out a bit from his scalp and we immediately said, "Is it actually in!?" It was. And still no crying. Just looking. A hug. And more time to play! Oh my goodness!

The *staple* is now a part of Quinn's head for the next 7-10 days. We survived our first trip to the ER and I'm sure it won't be the last :)

3 comments:

Kim said...

I love you guys...and I laugh and cry with you on this one. (What happened to the fancy-schmancy glue that they can use, like they did on Sam?)

Aj Schwanz said...

Aw, I've been honored! I *think* it's flattering? (although the topic of the post is a bit disconcerting). :D

What a big boy Quinn is! And what amazing parents you all are! I'm glad it went so smoothly. Ah, to be the mother of boys - always an adventure.

meredith said...

Thank you to the mothers of boys who can empathize :)