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Friday, August 3, 2012

Our First Trip to the ER

From the moment we pulled out of the parking lot at Northside Hospital with our little Sarah packed safely in the car (she was the last one to come home), I prayed that it would be a long time before we saw the inside of another hospital.  Thankfully, we have managed to dodge hospitals for over two and a half years.  We've been able to squeak by with just routine doctor visits.

Until now.

On Tuesday Lucas fell from one of his many climbing adventures and got a deep cut about a half inch long on the back of his head.  It was a pretty deep cut so we decided to take him to Urgent Care to get a few stitches.  They wouldn't treat him because of his age and told us to go to the Children's ER at Gwinnett Medical Center.  So off we went.  Lucas was pretty unsettled and frightened right from the start so the nurse treated him to a Popsicle to calm his nerves and allow them to apply a numbing cream.  Then they came back with a nose spray that was designed to make him feel very "loopy".  It worked because he was acting like he was "drunk" in no time.  Despite the cream and the loopy meds he was very scared during the stitching.  I had to hold him down with my body while the doctor worked.  He begged and pleaded for me to help him.  It broke my heart.  But I knew we were doing the best for him.  Being a parent and making tough choices is hard!

Since we left the hospital he hasn't seemed to be bothered by his injury at all.  After a solid nap, he was his usual energetic self.  He hasn't been touching it or favoring it in any way.  Thank Goodness.  And here's to hoping it's a long time before we have to go back!

Lucas's cut...about as long as my finger nail

Calm boy after getting his popsicle

After the "loopy" meds.  Poor guy couldn't keep his head up!

Just zoned out & relaxed...sipping his juice

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