Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Walking Wounded


When we got to the emergency room, Inara was bleeding badly, screaming loudly and obviously in serious pain. They wrapped up her head and then forced us to wait while they prepped a room for her. (American health care system -- great success!) That took a hell of a lot longer than I would've liked, but the good news was that after quite a while of her clinging to me as I rocked her gently, Inara started feeling a little better and asked to be put down so she could wander. I snapped this picture during that time.

I really hope she continues to take even the most difficult ordeals in this kind of stride as she makes her way through life.

20 comments:

The Bacon said...

Chez

Did you have a tough time with the staff over whether or not this was an accident?

My daughter took a header off the bunk bed at my ex wife's house and landed right on her eye. She broke her face and looked like shit.

It was a few days and a bunch of inquiries before we finally got things straightened out.

Chez said...

No. Considering the state I was in -- really, you should've seen me -- I think they got that this was an accident. I tried to keep it together as best as possible, but anyone could see that I was a wreck.

Bea Pants said...

Little kids are funny. It isn't hard-wired into their brains yet that bleeding and being in the hospital is supposed to be scary, so once the pain and initial fear are over they're cool. Glad to hear she is doing better. Even walking around with a head wound she is too cute for words.

slouchmonkey said...

Geez, good cheer to you and Inara!

Alanna said...

I can't even handle how cute she is. She is so destined to entertain. I hope she's feeling a little better today - did you crush up any pain killers in apple sauce?

Feel better soon, Inara.

L. said...

My sister's kids were always a mess of bandages as toddlers, the middle one especially. At one point she'd split her forehead open hitting a windowsill (glue, no stitches), bruised her forehead on the other side and her nose in a perfect reproduction of a rounded baby book corner from diving off a bed onto it, and split her lip and abraded her cheek running face first into a wall with textured paint.

I feel slightly guilty saying that I took a bunch of pictures of her in this state because she looked like she was in baby fight club. Of course, I only saw her when she had recovered from the shock and was behaving completely normally. Plus I'm just the aunt. I exist to torment.

Anonymous said...

Our two VERY ACTIVE sons have been sutured 11 or 12 times for bad cuts, all on the face (but of course!). If my hubby hadn't been able to do the suturing (he's an oral surgeon), you'd better believe Child Protective Services would have been knocking at our door!

Hang in there--time heals wounds (Inara's head and your wounded psyche).

Chez said...

As awful as it was I keep thinking to myself that if she had been just a little lower she would've absolutely crushed her nose or knocked out all of her front teeth. God, it just kills me to think about any of this.

motheralex said...

Just wait until she turns and looks at you and says, "Now it's my turn." and dives through the porthole with only a pair of hatchets. That's when I'D worry. godspeed to your recovery. Something else, it will probably happen again, so be ready. As a kid, I was in the ER several times, with my father insisting, despite my vociferous protests, that I get stitches. I can actually shave my chin because of that man's care.

Anonymous said...

Have you finished bubble wrapping the house yet? ;)

VirginiaO'Possum said...

With her genetic background, she's destined to be curious and analytical about her experiences! She'll probably start asking for her own blog tomorrow.

brite said...

It's the first Chez, but (unless you keep her in a bubble) this won't be Inara's last big owwie.So man up and remember that kids are pretty resilient and you will both survive the falls, slips and occasional stitches, bandaids, maybe even a cast before she's all growed up.
Bon Courage!

BenoƮt from Ottawa said...

Young children are often more stalwart than grownups when injured.
They don't do victimisation, they're way more factual: it hurts, cry. Stopped hurting? Alright, do something.

Love'em. No faking until they learn it (from others' overreactions I think).

B8ovin said...

I remember when my son cracked his head open. As bad as the blood and the crying were, the worst was that they put him in a velcro straight jacket to hold him still during stitching. I hope you didn't have to endure that.

Anonymous said...

She looks so pretty, even bandaged up! If she were older, she'd be mad to mess up her freshly "done" hair.

Chez said...

I did, B8ovin. That was hell.

Sarah P said...

Pete mentioned this to me. I had to come see her sweet face for myself. I'm really sorry to hear this, Chez. I'm glad she is so resilient. And glad you seem to be recovering as well.

Riles said...

Oh man, I feel for you. I've got a son and know how horrible injuries can be.

Glad to see she's doing ok Chez.

Tabi said...

Oh no! Poor little thing. I have a scar underneath my lower lip from faceplanting into a headboard at about three years old.

Glad it wasn't worse. I hope the rest of your visit is injury-free and full of ice cream!

Ref said...

She's tougher than you think, pal. Hope you're both feeling better!