Last night was a typical Thursday night. We had dinner, waffles, hashbrowns, and fruit. Simple, easy and the kids were in heaven. After dinner we went upstairs and the kids started taking a bath. I began to clean up while they were both contained in the tub. After they were sufficiently wrinkled and pruney they decided to get out. We dried off and got jammies on and at about this time 7:30 Dad came home!! This may sound normal but Dad never gets home this early. The kids were thrilled to see Dad and so was I. Jeff was starving so I offered to go downstairs and make him a hot waffle and he was more than thankful to eat. The kids had by then gone downstairs to the kitchen table and were coloring and playing quietly. I went into the kitchen and got out the waffle batter and before I could turn the waffle iron on I heard a blood curdling scream coming from Dallin.
I ran into the dining room to see Dallin gasping for breath so he could scream. He said he had bonked his head. We have wood floors and one of the kids' blankets was lying on the floor next to the kids' craft table. Dallin had slipped on the blanket and hit his head on the corner of the little table. I picked him up from the right side and saw nothing so I just started to console him and calm him down. Jeff heard this all and ran downstairs. He came in and said there is blood! His ear is split wide open!! Dallin's left ear had a 3 cm gash in it and it was bleeding terribly. We immediately scrambled and jumped in the car and rushed to the emergency room. Dallin calmed down and asked if we could just stay home. I held him tight as we raced to the ER and he didn't make another peep.
We got to the ER at about 7:50 and they got us in pretty quickly. The doctor looked at it and said immediately that he would have to have stitches. I was so sad that our little guy was so hurt. Alexa was with us and when she heard that there would be stitches she wanted to go home. My good friend Rebecca was kind enough to come get her and put her to bed.
Meanwhile we stayed at the ER and waited to get the stitches. The doctor asked us if we thought we needed to put Dallin under. He is pretty good with shots and I said I think we can do it without sedating him. Dallin is so tough!!! They gave him about 8 shots in his ear and he did not even cry. The doctor said he had never seen such a tough kid. It took them a while to get all of the stitches in but he was a trooper. We would smile at him to help him feel better and he would grit his teeth and smile at us. We were so proud of him. When it was all said and done he had six stiches in his ear and two in his head. The table had sliced through his ear and then cut his head too. The doctor did say that he thought he would have a full recovery, but he also used the word *mangled to describe his ear. It was really gross!
Dallin got all fixed up and we were out of there by 10:30. He has to wear this head wrap to keep swelling down and to make sure that he doesn't get Cauliflower ear, which is disgusting, it is basically a really deformed ear. We are so sad that this happened, but he was so good and we know that he will be all better soon. I know that parenting means trips to the ER, so I guess this is our beginning. Hopefully we won't be visiting there again soon. I am so thankful Jeff was home! I think I would have been a total wreck if he weren't with me. Jeff finally got some dinner at about 10:45!
*We didn't get any pictures of the actual ear, it was really gross and we ran out the door so fast that we didn't have time to grab the camera.