Thursday, April 23, 2009

Alarms and Excursions

Subtitled: Cherub's first trip to Accident and Emergency (Don't worry ... all is well!)

Tevye and Cherub were upstairs, K-next-door and I were downstairs ... and Cherub ran down the stairs to get to us.

Crash!

Howl!

Blood!!!!!

Which, it transpired, was pouring from a cut on the back of her head where she had caught it on the radiator at the bottom of the stairs. Tevye and I rushed her down to see the doctor before the surgery closed, leaving K-next-door to collect Angel, Star and friend from various dance classes (thank goodness for our neighbours. Again.) Cherub was rueful but entirely with it ... "I don't want to go to the doctor!" ... and I know from experience that head wounds bleed profusely, so we weren't overly worried despite the spectacularly blood stained flannel I was holding to her head. The doctor looked, decided it needed stitching or glueing and sent us to A and E.

Cherub had a doze in the car, and by the time we arrived was remarkably bright eyed and bushy tailed, and no longer bleeding. The doctor decided (as we expected) that there was no damage beside the 2cm cut, and that it could be glued rather than stitched. Cherub was a trouper and withstood the nurse sticking the cut together without so much as a squeak ... helped by the teddy she was given as a distraction, which she was then allowed to take home with her. By the time we got home only her gory, blood-stained t-shirt and matted hair showed there was anything wrong. She slept well last night and is fine this morning - though the matted hair has to stay as we are not allowed to wash it for five days.

Cherub's verdict ...
"My head broke and I had to go to hospital and have it mended with glue."
"Next day, I won't run downstairs ... and I will hold on!"

7 comments:

Dorothy said...

That glue thing is amazing, isn't it? Glad she's okay today and has learned her lesson! LOL!

A friend's son had his scalp wound fixed by their doc by knotting hairs together from either side of the wound. Pretty ingenious, I thought!

Theresa said...

Sounds like a reasonable verdict to me!
Glad she is none the worse for wear.Amazing how kids bounce right back from things that would leave us grown-ups bedridden for days!

katherine said...

So glad that she's OK. She sounds like a very brave little girl.

Melanie B said...

I'm very glad all is well. I know that even though you know that head wounds bleed profusely etc it still makes a mother's heart race to see it happen to her baby. Even with your all is well, I still felt a little anxious reading about it.

Elizabeth said...

Thank God she's ok!

Diane said...

Oh my goodness, how scary! Poor little thing, though she was quite a trooper. I'm so glad to hear it was not more serious and praying she will recover quickly. You too!

Karen E. said...

Poor thing! I'm so glad she's okay ... could have been worse, including heart attacks from parents and all. :) Seriously, so glad she's okay!