Tuesday, October 14, 2008

In threes

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...

Our feet...which are the same shape!


She had her magic apple juice here, and had numbing cream under the bandage waiting for her stitches. 


She was totally laughing at her hands...

14 comments:

Irma said...

Very scary...glad all is well now! It's amazing how fast things can go from calm to chaos, huh?! It sure does help to have 'bigger' kids to help though!
Did your nice neighbor lady clean up all the blood for you when you were gone to the ER?

Cathy said...

Totally Irma! And yes...all of the blood was cleaned up by our lovely neighbour Dorothy by the time we got home. I got her a card, and a boquet of sunflowers to thank her. I couldn't thank her enough!!

FunkyMomma said...

How horrid! Poor Catie! Poor you. I am so glad she is alright.
I love that you took pics at the ER!! LOL!

Heidi O said...

I can imagine how scary in fact I know that kind of scary after my 4yo had 16 stitches put in his leg while we were camping. I am glad she is okay but that must have been strange to be able to see things really moving in her head!

Smiley Eyes Photography said...

Oh my gosh what a horribly scary experience. Good to see you all smiles in the pictures though !

Anonymous said...

Very scary experience... chaotic scary experience... Again (as usual!) my hat goes off to you and Cliff... you two are amazing and kudos to Catie-girl for being so brave and smiley... Glad she will be okay. Lots of love, Andrea xo

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, one more thing... noticed your toe polish! How was it to visit Kelli again? :-) What colour is that you went for?
Love ya. Andrea xo

Laura said...

OH MY!!! Thank goodness it's only your first trip to the ER with a kid which I think is pretty good with having six and all! Glad to hear she's fine - did your living room recover?

Cathy said...

Andrea: Lincoln Park after Dark is the colour (OPI) and I love it! It was nice to see Kelli again. Miss her! Nice place she has there...really peaceful.

Cathy said...

Laura: Our first trip to the ER for stitches only. I think we have been one more time with Catie as a baby (needed breathing treatment) and with Claire as an infant...that is it I believe.

Lisa B. said...

I can only imagine the scene you described....for having six kids I'm surprised you don't have a reserved parking space at the ER - granted, with five girls and only one boy, maybe not so much.

Sounds like everyone made it through okay and that Catie was a real tough girl.

Anonymous said...

That was one of the colours that I was thinking of going for fall. I chose an old stand-by "Mrs. O'Leary's BBQ" (OPI); same type brownish/purplish colour. Glad you had a good time w/her.
Love, Andrea xo

ModernGear TV said...

Poor little pumpkin! Glad she's getting better. My Mom had a similar incident with me when I was about 4 and she said I was a brave little trooper too.

Your kids are so sweet...

It now looks like we have all of each others blogs to read...I like that too.

Tam

The Hoegler Family said...

Oh my that must have been scary. It made me think back to Mattias' open chest after his heart surgery. We could see right in to his heart beating through clear plastic for 3 days. I am glad Catie is better. It's a bit funny to read how you freaked out about a wasp and then you still manage to stay calm when your kid is hurt. It's just like you know you have to in order to help her.