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Sunday, January 6, 2013

What a Strange Thing to Pray For!

Since yesterday, we've all been praying for #6's bum. No joke.

I was up in the bathroom mid-morning yesterday when I suddenly heard #6 come in from the garage crying. That was followed by #2 saying, "[#6] just...."That was all I could make out. The next thing I knew, there was that tone of voice from the Warden: "JuLIE...." I don't know if you have that tone in your house, but it's kind of like the warning call. It's funny. I've really heard it very few times, but I think I understood the implications of it even the first time the tone was used. It means, "Something bad has happened. Come now!"

I quickly got myself downstairs. As I flew down the stairs, the situation was described to me in I'm-a-bit-stressed-here-but-trying-to-remain-calm terms. When I arrived to the kitchen, there was the Warden supporting #6 by the hindquarters. Strangest sight I've beheld in a very long time. #6 was standing on the kitchen table. The Warden's hand was applying the pressure needed to prevent further bleeding and to hold the wound together. The Warden wouldn't allow me to see the nature of the injury but simply said we needed to get to a doctor and get #6 sewn up. Ugh! I hate those words.

I gathered a towel, a number of pairs of shoes and socks, jackets, and my purse, and we headed out the door. #6 laid down on his stomach on the seat behind me. The Warden kept his hand on the wound. I'm so grateful for Saturday urgent care hours.

....SO many masked people in that waiting room. Ugh! Not a good place to be. I heard two small children coughing and could have made the diagnosis myself--R.S.V. Having been there and done that, I felt very sorry for those parents sitting with those little ones.

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It was after we'd been invited into an examining room that I heard the complete story of what had happened. #6 received some pretty cool Yoda slippers for Christmas. He went to the garage to put them on. To make it easier on himself, he opted to sit on a bucket. He didn't look directly at it as he sat. He had assumed that there was a lid on it, but there was not. Inside the bucket was a vase.

Needless to say, the vase broke under his weight.

When the Warden finally removed his hand, I finally saw what the "JuLIE" was for. Ugh! Poor kid! The wound was about an inch long or just a touch longer and was about as wide. It was gaping. I'm glad that, as I've experienced things as a mother, I've developed a stronger stomach.

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The doctor came in and shared the options with us. Tape and glue were definitely not options. Stitches or staples it would be. I asked which the doctor recommended....Staples it was.

The room we were in was a very familiar one. I had seen two other children sit on that very same chair/bed-type thing and have stitches put into their knees. I had heard the entire story of the Tale of Despereaux told me by #3 as her knee was repaired in that room.

So, today, #6's bum has been a big consideration in our home. We made sure he had the most comfortable seat at church today. Although one of our children, just after sitting down at church, leaned over to me and said, "#6 is the butt of so many family jokes," and "he just cracks me up."Oh, it never ends around here.

Just now #6 complained that it was itching. Good sign, right? Means it's healing. The prayers must be working.


LeAnn said...

Omg, not a good moment. I feel so sorry for him. I would say that was a sad story told in a very funny way.
When every my husband uses my full name; I know there is trouble.
Blessings for him!

Annette said...

Poor kid! Although the butt jokes made me giggle, sorry!

It's funny that I read this just this morning because I had a similar experience with my youngest yesterday: he was at a friend's house playing, slipped and fell, and gashed his forehead open. It was small, but kind of deep, and all the blood made his friend's mom freak.

It wasn't too bad when we got all the blood cleaned off, but I sent him with his dad to the InstaCare because I knew I wouldn't be able to handle it if he needed stitches.

Which he did, but he was so completely fine with it, it was surprising.

Anyway, hope his bum gets better real fast...did I just say that out loud? LOL

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