They say bad things happen in threes. Well, I'd say this was a bit crazy for three things to happen within 20 minutes. On Thursday, we were having a good day. It is now 4:30 pm and Cliff is home in about a half an hour. Caroline had a diaper rash, and so I had to bathe her and I left her nudie to air out her parts. Fine.
I start to unload the dishwasher and my little Coco is always climbing in and around the dishwasher and she likes to hold onto things...and so she held onto the dishwasher and slipped. And ripped that little flap of skin under her lip/upper gum. This isn't anything new...It has happened to almost all of our kids. So, I stop her bleeding, there is blood on her clothing which I WAS going to change. I give her a teething ring to help stop the bleeding.
Then it happens. And very quickly I might add. All of these events happened in less than 20 minutes!
And I hear in very loud SCARED voices of Claire and Carly that Catie is BLEEDING. Catie is BLEEDING! I put my Coco down on the floor. And I walk into our living room aka the playroom. (we are talking steps away!) and it looks like a murder scene. Blood everywhere! Catie jumped like 'Super Catie' from the couch and hit her head on the corner of the sharp coffee table!! So, I grab her, I immediately cover my hand over her open bleeding wound and ask my girls to grab me a cloth. I walk with her to the kitchen to get the phone to see where Cliff was. He was at the local market getting veggies and fruits. Meanwhile I am totally covered in blood. It was very scary how much head wounds bleed.
I told him GET HOME NOW!!! Catie is bleeding A LOT. I need you NOW!! Cliff knows I do not freak very easy. So, when he walked in he expected so much less of an 'owie!' but he said he turned white when he saw the living room. So, thanks to my big girls I had cloth after cloth. And she was still bleeding. I then told Cliff to RUN and get our wonderful neighbour Dorothy to help us. She came in, and saw Catie bleeding, Caroline freaking and crying with no clothes or a diaper on. Blood EVERYWHERE. Kids crying and freaking. Two parents freaking! Oh my. Anyways we drove her immediately to the ER. Let all of the kids with poor Dorothy (love Dorothy in her late 70's and had 7 kids!) she was totally cool.
We got her in quickly...and waited for stitches. We could see down to her scull which was very disturbing. Cliff said when she moved her eyes etc. he could see her tendons working etc. YIKES. 7 stitches to be exact. And you know what, she was a trouper! She was so calm! So, it was a crazy busy day that I would NOT like to repeat.
This is the first time in over nine years that we have had a real emergency or stitches for that matter. Catie has been fine! The dissolving stitches are almost out today. And she is totally back to normal! Thank goodness.
Waiting for almost 2 hours for stitches...which she didn't even cry...