A first time for everything, and a little graphic

Today started off like any other day.  I went to bed in the early morning hours and set my alarm on my iPhone.  My iPhone alarm went off, and I hit snooze.  After hitting snooze about three times, I jumped up and started screaming orders at Angry Husband and Angry Kid.  It was a school day, and Angry Kid needed to get dressed, etc.  I dropped Angry Kid off and came home to a fresh Dr. Pepper.  Angry Husband was busy complaining about his lack of staples for the staple gun because he was going to start hanging the Christmas lights.

 Around 10am, after Angry Husband had gone to the hardware store, and I had talked on the phone to several people, the phone rang.  Angry Kid’s teacher was on the phone.  She mentioned something about Angry Kid falling, hitting his head, and stitches.  I told her that I would be on my way to the school.  I arrived within a few minutes because we only live a few blocks away.  He was lying down in the nurse’s office with a piece of gauze on his forehead, and an ice pack.  I saw that there was dried blood on his face.  Angry Kid’s teacher and the nurse were a little frantic about the entire situation.  Apparently Angry Kid was running around with another kid, and went face first in the climbing wall on the playground.  Angry Kid did not cry, but instead walked over to a teacher’s aide for some assistance. Because, there was um blood running down his face.

I got Angry Kid’s backpack and walked him out to the car.  I drove to our house where I spoke with Angry Husband, grabbed my purse, and of course, my Dr. Pepper.  I drove to the emergency room at our local hospital because our local urgent care advised us to go straight to the ER.  I walked in, filled out some paperwork, and sat down to wait.  Angry Kid sat in front of the TV, and continued to hold his gauze and ice pack over his forehead.

 

Waiting in the Hospital ER 

The triage nurse asked to see his forehead, and he removed the gauze and ice pack.  I may have said, “Holy crap, that is pretty big”.  And I may have taken a picture.  Angry Husband wanted to see the injury.  Angry Kid also wanted to see the injury, so I showed him the picture.  He was not bothered at all by the sight of a huge gash in his forehead, along with dried blood on his face.  The kid is five, and I have to say, he is pretty tough.

We were led to the fast track area of the ER, and Angry Kid was placed on a bed.  A nurse came and cleaned up his face, and the actual wound.  The doctor came and looked at the “gash”.  He said that Angry Kid would need stitches, after getting some numbing solution.  Angry Husband arrived a little bit after that and sat there for forty-five minutes with the numbing medication on Angry Kid’s forehead.  Most kids would be crying or traumatized by this entire experience.  Angry Kid was trying to level on Angry Birds.  He kept telling Angry Husband that his arms were blocking his game.  I think that the nurses and doctor probably thought that we were nuts, because our kid was so chill.

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It came time for the actual stitches, and Angry Kid became bothered.  He was bothered because he couldn’t see the actual stitches being put it.  Angry Husband took some photos with his iPhone of the process.  Angry Kid was impressed.  Angry Kid received eight stitches, which will stay in for five days.  He did not cry, or complain the entire time.  He made many silly faces. 

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 I have told this story to several friends and family throughout the day.  Everyone’s initial response was, “seriously, that was his first time getting stitches?”  YES, I know it is shocking, but Angry Kid received his first set of stitches today, and he is quite proud of them.  Unfortunately, for some reason, I do not think that this is his last set, either.

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46 comments
Bethany
Bethany

Owww....Poor kiddo. I'm glad he is okay and his head will be okay. I can't believe it's his first time getting stitches!

Becca -Our Crazy Boys
Becca -Our Crazy Boys

I can't believe he didn't cry... I think he and Jack would get along wonderfully... How is Mom doing??

nicole
nicole

Wow...what a trooper! My daughter did something very similar when she was 4, and I couldn't believe how much blood there was - and she only needed three stitches! Your son is a rock star - and so are you :)

Angela Parson Myers
Angela Parson Myers

Daughters aren't much better. When my younger one was about the same age, she hit her forehead on the monkey bars. Took her in for stitches, took her back in a week later to get them out. Another week later, was hit in the face with a ball, snapped her head back into the brick wall of the school. Back in for more stitches. So, yeah--every week for a month.

Agnes
Agnes

I can assure you this will not be his last stitches....and then there's broken bones....as a mother of 4 boys, I think I've seen it all..and have had my share..and have always found the boys were troopers through it all.....and I usually fell apart at night..Hang in there....the best is yet to come...you see, I am now reliving it with 6 grandsons....lol

Lee-Ann
Lee-Ann

Ouch! I am kind of shocked that they are his first set as well. LOL I must say though, that I'm actually shocked my own Kaiden has ended up in the ER for something similar, well at least yet, anyway!

Kara
Kara

Wow, I'm impressed! Not only with your tough little guy, but also that you remembered to take pictures. :)

Cheryl M
Cheryl M

He is a trooper! My DS was the same way about stitches on his eye wanted to see the gash & wanted to see the needle. I, on the other hand, was kinda of freaked. ....and this is from the same kid who freaks out to go to the dentist. & I second Mederma for scars or straight Vit E oil.

Judith Shakespeare
Judith Shakespeare

Dude... That is an awesome gash! Angry Kid is a total trooper. None of mine have ever had stitches... but it's rare to go a week without a black eye and a bloody nose (and that's just on the girl child). P.S. I think that AK deserves ice cream for lunch and maybe even dinner all weekend long. With sprinkles. With EXTRA sprinkles.

Natalie
Natalie

Well, boys love scars, and that's gonna be a good one! He is one tough kid!

Jen
Jen

Wow, now that is impressive! Glad all went well. My daughter cut her cheek and needed stitches. She too was cool and calm, me on the other had... not so much. And I too am surprised the more of my children have not had stitches or a broken bones. They are crazy, you know.

T
T

a few years ago my little girl tore a gash in her leg - I wasn't home (because I'm NEVER home when disaster strikes) and had to meet up with ManOfTheHouse at the ER... she was uber calm about the whole thing - but they offered me the barf bag in case I lost it. For the record, that barf bag didn't get used until this October - very handy to have it in the car :) Glad he's a trooper!!

Joni
Joni

I think i said "holy crap". poor thing. I would have been in a nervous panic. he seems so calm about it.

Tonya Hicks
Tonya Hicks

Boys! Boys! Boys! My 4yr old Vincent has a big "strawberry" on his forehead in the exact same spot! And it was from a playground wrestling match at school. When my now 17yr old was around this age he stayed skinned up from forehead to mouth. He wouldn't stop running! I applaud you guys! The Angry Family is cool and calm under pressure. I act a fool everytime.lol I use Medaderma for scars. It works!

Kristy
Kristy

Dude. Your kid IS totally badass! I would have been a crying, blubbering mess and I'm thir...well, old enough. ;) Btw, you get extra cool points for not forgetting your Dr. Pepper!

Laura {A(n) (un)Common Family
Laura {A(n) (un)Common Family

Your kid is hardcore. Wow. And so are you. Pictures = impressive. I hope he feels okay tomorrow. Those are some serious stitches.

Steph
Steph

That Angry Kid is a rock star.. just like his mom.

Danielle
Danielle

Angry Kid is a straight up badass. I would have fainted and requested an extensive emergency crew to rush me to the hospital.

Simply Cathi
Simply Cathi

Holy Cow! That is one huge gash!! He looks mighty fine with those dandy stitches. They're worth at least two or three little stitch jobs. He is indeed a tough kiddo!! I'm surprised the ER didn't put him to the front of the line immediately.

mommy-momo
mommy-momo

what a trooper!!! gosh... boys! they scare the crap out of me. So glad he is going to be okay!

CaySedai
CaySedai

1. (what I learned from Angry Julie's blog) Remember to bring a video game or phone with games whenever visiting an ER. 2. Angry Kid will definitely be the best thing in Show and Tell on Monday. ;-)

Tera Stephens
Tera Stephens

My gawd he has the sweetest little face, even rockin the Frankenstein stitches. Isn't it amazing how Angry Birds takes away the sting?! Found out today that my 5 yo needs surgery on his wrist, I'll send you photos of him playing on my iphone one handed!!!

Carabee
Carabee

Love that last picture. And that you never let your Dr. Pepper leave your side. Kindred spirits, we are. Glad he was such a trooper! Ill bet he's the talk of his class now!

Mimi
Mimi

He is awesome! What a great job and those stitches look fantastic. My 7yo would've wanted to see his photo too! Hoping he heals quickly! ~Mimi @bigguysmama

Monica
Monica

Is this what I have to look forward to when my boys get older? omg. He certainly is one tough boy.

OMG! Yummy
OMG! Yummy

Well, that got an Awww, poor kid from my angry husband aka dormant chef. Is he taking it like a man and whining or taking it like a woman and refusing the pain pills? Seriously, may it mend quickly. Have a safe and fun weekend with that staple gun and the Christmas decorating.

Megan
Megan

#1- youre awesome cause you took pictures. #2- and Ill repeat myself here- Angry Kid is a stud :)

Rachael
Rachael

Snap! That's serious! My son got something that looked about exactly like that when he was 4. It's been a few years now and you can barely see the scar - but it's cool because it's like a Harry Potter scar.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

My husband has broken a ton of bones, had surgery, stitches, and even got bitten by a rattle snake a few times. I'm scared for our future.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I'm a blogger, of course I took pictures, silly..

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

He got tons of "extras". Spoiled kid. He got a Toy Story 3 tank.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

YES, I'm shocked that you haven't had more incidents. And you do have four, which just adds to the madness.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

LOL, I'm cracking up about the barf bag comment.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

He was way too calm. He got the stitches out tonight and he just sat there while she cut them out.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I know, boys....seriously all the girl moms at school were freaking.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I never forget the Dr. Pepper. It is my savior.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Thank You! He is doing very well. He is not picking at the stitches and they are healing great.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

He is more of a rock star than me. I think he is just getting experience for a future career as a stuntman or something?

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

ALWAYS have video games, iTouchs, or smart phones available. You never know if you are going to have to go to the ER, or wait for a tremendously long ER visit. And yes, school will be entertaining tomorrow. Your comment cracked me up!

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I nursed that 32 oz. Dr. Pepper the entire morning. I don't think I would be able to function without the Dr. Pepper. I can't wait for school tomorrow. The parents are going to freak and the kids are going to think he's cool.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Yep. This is what you have to look forward to. I'm surprised it hasn't happened sooner. He is famous for the mystery scratches and bruises everywhere. He always has some kind of big scratch.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Of course I took pictures. You have to love the iPhone. The dr. thought we were hilarious.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Yep. It was pretty narly. It is day 3 and the war wound is starting to look a little better.

CaySedai
CaySedai

See, I've only had one of my two daughters have to have stitches so far (they are now 14 and 17, so less likely to have those types of accidents). And when my younger daughter was having her stitches done at age 8, I was trying to entertain her. Talk about pressure! Standup comedians should imagine keeping a kid happy while getting stitches.

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  1. [...] Angry Julie: This one is a little graphic, but we just had to give a shout out to Angry Kid. He received a huge gash in his head after running into a climbing wall, which resulted in a trip to the ER and eight stitches — and no tears whatsoever. How is that even possible?? The kid is a rock star for sure. [...]