So, we (read: I) survived the stitches. Happy needed 3 stitches smack dab in the middle of this forehead (just above his nasal bridge, a term, ironically, I had taught him a few weeks ago). Because I was running into walls and weaving in and out as I tried to get in the car, BF would not allow me to go to the hospital (“We don’t need two patients there,” he wisely said). So I waited in bed at home (the equivalent of my fainting couch?) for them to get home. Happy did great– mad only when they swaddled him and 4 people pinned him down to the table for the doctor to do the stitches. As soon as they were done, he hugged and kissed everyone at the hospital. The stitches were in for five days and came out Monday (I was again not allowed in the hospital. This time, though, I didn’t need my fainting couch to wait it out). He had a day of steri-strips and is now bandage free and the scar’s not bad (this from a woman who is very ready to say, “THE SCAR IS BAD. THE SCAR IS BAD.”). In fact, the only aftereffect of the experience is that Happy has now discovered what bandages are and if he could wear one all the time, well, that would thrill him. When we pass the bandage box, he grabs his forehead, in fact, to see if one is there. We’re on the upswing, and that’s good news.
On one final note, we’ve had one other “blood loss” with baby when I was home with him alone– a busted lip that bled and bled and bled and bled. I never came close to fainting and it took at least 5 minutes to stop the bleed so I am ever hopeful that it was because BF was there that I went lightheaded (as in, because BF was there, I didn’t get the adrenaline rush that I was in it alone and had to solve the problem by myself right then which, thus, would have kept my already low blood pressure from dropping to the point of checking out). What say you other parents? Have you noticed a physical difference in your response to accidents with your kids when you are alone vs. when you aren’t alone? I want to believe that if Happy and I had been home alone, I would have been able to not check out. I need to believe that. But is it possibly, really true?