Saturday, December 27, 2008

A "Stitch" In Time

My baby girl is 18 months old! For her 18 month birthday on Friday, Sophie decided to surprise her Momma with a trip to a place neither of us had ever been - the new Wesley Emergency Room on the west side of Wichita!


Sophie was shopping at Shoe Carnival that afternoon with her Momma and Aunt Katie. While my sister was trying on some shoes, Sophie was just walking around the store being silly. Before I knew what was happening, she stumbled and landed face first right on the corner of a wooden display case. At first I thought it was just a normal bump. I picked her up to console her and realized she was bleeding. So, I asked the clerk for some tissue. I quickly began dabbing at the blood on her head, and once it was cleared for a moment I realized that the cut looked too deep.

SO, off to the ER we went (I did try her pediatrician first, but they were closed). At the ER my poor, sweet girl cried and cried and cried some more. We finally were taken into a room where we put on a cartoon and she quickly drifted off to sleep on her Momma's lap. I laid her down and they put some numbing gel on her face, which took about 40 mins to take effect. Here she is sleeping on the hospital bed (low quality pic from Katie's phone). You can kinda see the blood above her left eye.

Of course the poor girl woke just before they sewed her up. So one nurse did a "big girl swaddle" to hold her arms while another held her head, and the doctor artfully applied two stitches to Sophie's face. Watching the stitching wasn't hard, but having to stand by while she was held down and screaming was the worst torture possible. She kept repeating, "Momma, momma" in the saddest little voice you can imagine.

It was really amazing, because the doctor told us if they weren't able to hold her still enough, we'd have to stop and sedate her. I was a little concerned and of course began asking God to let it all work well. Both times the doctor got close to her eye with the needle, she completely stopped crying and was extremely still! Once he pulled the needle and thread through, she would start screaming again. I know God was there helping to calm her in those moments!

Here she is after we finally left the hospital and were back at my mom's house. Wow, what a week! Granddad passing Sunday, lots of extra family in town to spend time with all week, finishing up at work before our trip to Utah, Christmas, Granddad's viewing Friday night, the service this morning, and leaving for Utah tomorrow morning (Sunday)... let's just throw in a trip to the ER while we're at it!

8 comments:

Juli Jarvis said...

Poor baby! Sounds like the Lord is taking care of you (and her) in this matter. Have a good time on your trip...

Andrea Kay said...

Oh kel! When I saw Katie holding her yesterday morning, her face was so pitiful! First of all, she was not happy that her mother wasn't with her, then I saw her poor eye! So pitiful! I am so glad they were able to stitch her up and send her on her way! Have a great trip! (....and she did wookie for me again!!!)

Jeana said...

Oh no poor Sophie girl!!!! Her last little picture is really very cute, she looks so sad, but her face is so adorable!! I hope she feels better soon! Poor baby!!

Lori said...

I'm so sad for Sophie! But a little scar on her eye will make her look tough! ha ha! Hope y'all have a good trip to Utah!

Phelps family said...

Kelly, I know exactly what you went through. Carly had a carbon copy ER visit at 15 months. Except that she had 3 stitches and it was in the middle of her forehead instead of by her eye. The numbing gel, the big girl swaddle, the torturous scream...I've totally been there. Don't worry, it will look better with time. We used a lot of vitamin e oil and mederma scar treatment. Good job for being a strong momma and giving it to God. That's all you can do. And don't listen to that voice in the back of your head that says it's your fault, because it's not. (That's what my little voice was telling me at least.)
Love you guys.

Jessica said...

Sorry about the boo boo - what a pretty girl even with a cut and bruise! She is so cute, I love looking at her pics!

OK Chick said...

Ahh poor girl! I'm so thankful everything turned out good. The battle scar will make her tough. HA!

Abbie H. said...

Awwww-poor girl! I'm sorry you have been through so much lately. I will be praying for all of you!