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Lynda Loveland: First kid ER visit!

Posted March 30, 2011

Lynda Loveland

I knew it was just a matter of time. Well, the time has come.

Last weekend, we all went to the gym to work out. My husband and I dropped the kids off at the gym’s childcare and proceeded upstairs to attempt to better ourselves for swimsuit season. We were about 20 minutes in when our names were called over the speaker system to come to childcare. We were taking bets as to who got in trouble over what. But we get to the door, I see Caiden’s face and it all changes. He’s sobbing and clutching gauze to his chin. He looks terrified.

I run through the front door and practically bust through the little security gate to get to him. I take one look at the gaping wound on his chin and know we’ll be heading to the ER. He’d been playing soccer with his friend and fell on the floor, chin first. It wasn’t pretty.

All the way to the hospital, Caiden kept saying, “I don’t want stitches!” To which Campbell replied, “Oh, you’re sooo going to get stitches!” She always has a way of making stressful situations so much more ….. um, tolerable. Yeah, that’s it. (Is there a font for sarcasm?)

Once we’re back in a room in the ER, the doctor needs to numb Caiden’s chin. Well, you know how that’s done, by inflicting pain, very tenderly of course. The nurse and I are practically laying on Caiden to try and hold him still. No good. They call in the big guns, a big dude, very nice smile. It takes three of us to hold down a 5-year-old, 48-pound boy. It’s amazing what fear and adrenaline will do.

His face was bright red against his blond, soaking wet hair. It was one of those moments when you would do anything to trade places with your child and take away the pain. I was fine up to a point, but than my voice cracked while I was trying to console him, and the dam broke. Way to be strong for your kid right? I just couldn’t help it. Luckily he didn’t see me, since the big dude had his head in a vice like grip.

After two internal stitches and seven external, he was finished. Caiden sat up, soaked with sweat from head to toe. But he was whole again and I had no problem holding him close.

As of today, he’s doing well! No problems, physically, to report. That Elizabethan collar looks kinda silly, but it should come off tomorrow. (Insert smiley face here.)

Lynda is the mom of three and co-host of Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM's Bill & Lynda in the Morning. Find her here on Thursdays.


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  • Love my boys Apr 6, 2011

    I've been there - twice! I was playing on the bed with our then 15 month old and my mouth collided with the corner of his eye. 2 hours and 3 bright blue stitches later, we were on our way back home. 4 months later, we were back for more stitches when he tried to bounce on Grandma's exercise ball - he hit their brick fireplace. That called for 3 more bright blue stitches smack in the middle of his forehead. I was in full panic mode when I hit the doors at the ER. I was greeted with a somewhat happy toddler with the biggest band-aid I've ever seen on his head that screamed "Hey ma-ma!"

  • jeb5467 Apr 2, 2011

    I know it was hard on all of you! But you sure are lucky that it took so long before your first ER visit! And aren't you glad it was just for stitches! It is hard to feel lucky at a time like that...but deep down, I'm sure you know just how lucky you all are. Thank God, believe in better times, and tell everyone you love that you love them...every day!!

  • Mugu Apr 1, 2011

    You forgot to mention that you had to wait in line behind the illegals and uninsured at the ER because they use that as a primary care provider... or is that only Wake Med? If not, I guess you went to Rex, they turn those people away.

  • DWH4sure Apr 1, 2011

    Yep, been there. My 4-year old daughter (now 9) tripped and fell head-first into the oval coffee table (no sharp edges in my house, ha ha). I've never seen so much blood, all over everything, everywhere. When we got to the emergency room the nurse thought I was the one who was injured, I had so much blood on me. I freakin' sobbed when they had to put my daughter under to give her TWENTY-EIGHT stitches to her eyebrow. The recovery wasn't great, either, but like everyone says, now we point to that scar and have a great story to tell!

  • kellypratz Apr 1, 2011

    I remember like it was yesterday when my daughter 5 who is now 9 was running in the living room and tripped on the pack & play and went face first into the corner of the wall putting a deep gash on the upper side of her face near her eye. Blood was gushing everywhere, I was freaking out. She got to ride in an ambulance that day and had to have stitches. The scar she has today is a reminder "no running in the house".

  • jkwit Mar 31, 2011

    I had to smile a little while reading your story. Only because I've been in that situation also. Some day you may laugh about the ordeal, but certainly not today. You told it so well though. It would make a good comic strip.

  • cmk617 Mar 31, 2011

    I so understand how you feel. My son has had staples and stitches (he's 8 yrs old) and it is so hard to hold it together to keep them calm. Our first ER trip was at 18 months and I sang "Jesus Loves Me" the entire time he was being treated. I'm not sure if it was more for him or me. :) lol

  • piknowles4 Mar 31, 2011

    I've got the exact same wound/scar. Happened 50 years ago but I remember the ER like it was yesterday from your description. So will your son but maybe with some embelishment for his friends. One of life's little but great memories. Thank!

  • tashburn652 Mar 31, 2011

    Ok - so mine was in 7th grade before our first of 2 ER visits ~ a copperhead bite to his pinky toe, in the church parking lot no less (and no it is not that kind of church). The second was at 16 years when he stuck his finger in a miter saw and chewed it up!! thanks to a GREAT ortho - he still has, although somewhat funky looking, a useable finger.

  • koolady Mar 31, 2011

    Glad he is on the mend!