We broke in the Emergency room here in our new town today. Macs was ready to go shopping with me, and his socks were on, ready for his shoes. Shoes that were in the car, so we hadn’t put them on yet. He was running into the living room, and slipped. In those socks. Onto the side of the coffee table. NOT the corner. The side. Have I mentioned that our coffee table has NO pointy corners? Because kids can fall on them. They can get hurt. So ours has smooth, edges, and NO pointy corners.
If you hit the table on the flat SIDE…..
You can split your lip. no. MOUTH.
Right on the corner.
and make one side of your mouth open WIDER than the other.
Because you can tear it open.
If you do this, you’ll need stitches.
I don’t recommend it.
Holding down your terrified three year old is not more fun than grocery shopping with a three year old and a six year old. Holding him down for FIVE stitches is even less fun.
Macs was a trooper though. He even thanked the Doctor for fixing his lip. I did good too! The doctor said I was one of the best parents he’s ever had. hee hee. Macs was so strong. Both physically and emotionally. Yes, he was screaming, but he was scared, and it hurt. When I told him it was very important for him to TRY to not cry, and to keep his mouth closed, he tried.
That was the only time I wanted to try.
When I saw just HOW MUCH trust my son has in me. That even though he was tied down, and being hurt, he trusted that I would take him out as soon as I could. He trusted that. Enough to fight through his fear, and TRY to do what I asked. When I told him that this ouie couldn’t be better with a bandaide, that it needed to be sewn up, he tried to be OK with that. I just can’t get over that.
The Doctor put stitches in the inside layer of skin, and three on the outside. He didn’t bother with the VERY inside of the cheek. It won’t be seen, and Macs had been so good. There will be a scar. But the tear went all the way through. Like you tear a piece of paper. It wasn’t just a deep cut. It was through and through.