Today a little after lunch time I got a phone call I hoped I'd never get.
Gary and I were out running a few errands while on his lunch break and the school nurse called to say Layla had been hurt. The call was brief and the nurse assured me Layla would be just fine, but we needed to come get her because she may need stitches.
Breathe in - breathe out.
I am just not good with things such as this.
We were about 20 minutes away from the school and I had time to calm down in the time it took to get there. I think that was a blessing. I tend to over react to things. The last thing I wanted to do was upset Layla. Once we pulled into the parking lot I couldn't get into that school fast enough!
I walked straight into the nurses office and Layla was sitting there looking so sad. It broke my heart. All I could do was hug her. I couldn't stop hugging her. She had a huge patch over her right eye.
Layla was playing at PE and she and a classmate were going for a ball while playing a game and their heads hit. She said it hurt and she cried for a minute and then she saw blood on her hand after touching her face. Bless her heart. The teachers were quick to get her to the nurse. I am thankful they all took such good care of my girl. I love our school!
Let me just say how proud I am of Layla. She is so brave. I can't believe how brave she is.
She never cried. Like never ever.
She cried when it happened but by the time we got to the school and then the entire ER visit she was tear free.
In the Jeep on the way to ER.
All these pictures were taken with my iPhone.
The nurse was getting her all settled in and ready for the doctor to see her. We finally saw the laceration when the nurse pulled back the bandage.
***graphic images follow***
I guess I never processed in my head what 2-3 inches would look like. I had no idea the cut would be THAT big. It was so big. I was shocked, but tried not to act so dramatic in front of Layla.
The nurse took a short quick look and scurried away to get some numbing medicine. When she rubbed it onto the laceration Layla got a bit upset. I can see why. Good grief.
Daddy and Hayden did great keeping Layla in good spirits. They were talking about tooting and all kinds of silly stuff. Hayden was at school today, but when we realized we'd have to go the emergency room we were worried we wouldn't make it to get him from school in time. Soooo, he got to see the entire thing! He did great for a busy 3 1/2 year old!
While waiting for the numbing cream to take effect we watched an episode of Bubble Guppies.
The doctor had to clean the area and that was not fun. He was rubbing and cleaning blood from her eyebrow. I felt so bad for Layla, but she just laid still and calm. She was squeezing my hand the whole time.
This picture is so bad.
It was taken right before the Dermabond was applied.
I was struggling with stitches or no stitches. I wasn't sure about her getting stitches in her face. The scaring. Would it scar? I was worried about her having a scar right above her eyebrow. I didn't know what to do, but the doctor did what he thought was best and we are completely satisfied with the outcome.
After the glue.
Sweet girl! She didn't want to look in the mirror at all. She finally looked at a few of the pictures I took on my phone. She was shocked. She couldn't believe it looked so bad.
The ER we went to was amazing. We are so happy to have found them. The doctor had a grand-daughter a year older than Layla. He knew this was our first time with an emergency situation. He did what he would have done if it were his family he was treating. All the nurses and paramedics were great and we are so thankful.
Once we left ER we asked Layla what she wanted and she asked for Tutti Frutti again. We had it on Sunday and she loved it then so I had a hunch she'd ask for that today. She totally deserved it!
Of course brother got some too.
Once we got home she got a bath and wanted to hug her favorite stuffed animal BeBe. A few of her sweet friends came to visit her. I know how busy families are after school, so we felt so blessed they came to visit her on a busy school night. We really are surrounded my great friends here in our neighborhood. We are blessed by a great school and wonderful friends!
We all devoured the cupcakes before I could get a 'before' picture of them.
They were a wonderful treat!
Layla is sleeping soundly in her room and I hope she has a restful night. If she is feeling good in the morning she can go to school. She isn't allowed to run and jump and play, but I think she will do just fine tomorrow if she just takes it easy. Hopefully after a week or so she will be all healed and feeling better.
Thank you for all the texts, emails and tweets today...they mean so much to our family!