On Friday, January 2, Maggie had her first trip to the ER! She helped me make penne with broccoli, cherry tomatoes and provolone for dinner (saying with a hint of foreshadowing, "Baba doesn't let me use knives" as she cut up the broccoli), then helped me with the dishes afterwards. She said "I'll let you wash the knives, Mommy." and not 3 minutes later, as I turned around to dry my hands after finishing rinsing them, said "Mommy!" and showed me her right index finger, with a pretty deep laceration. Those of you who know me know that I do not panic easily, and tend to brush off minor injuries (remember when Maggie got her first bloody lip
?). Well, I could tell this one might need stitches, so off we went to the ER, arriving just before 7pm.
Here she is in the car on the way:
Here's the knife she decided to give a feel - not the tiny paring knife she'd used on the broccoli, but this huge bread knife!
Crazy girl! Luckily we live only 5 minutes from Kaiser. However, the ER was hopping on this Friday night. A guy with what looked like a broken arm, a girl bleeding pretty badly from her right eye, and a man with a head injury were some of the folks we saw. After about an hour waiting, in walked a man who looked to be in his early 30s, with the same injury (from the same brand knife, even!!). There was a little 17-month-old girl there with a dislocated elbow, and she and Maggie entertained each other for a while. One of Edward's patients was also there, so we talked with her and the other Wusthof victim quite a bit. The kids did remarkably well. At about the 2 hour mark, having held his tongue from the "I told you so" I knew he was thinking, Edward went home. Finally, after a 3 hour wait, we saw the doctor. Maggie cried before he could even take off the gauze she had wrapped around her finger; just the anticipation was enough to start the tears. (It started bleeding again, of course, with her elevated blood pressure from her fear, plus she's squeezing the gauze super tight around the finger to prevent the doctor from looking at it. I had to pry her little left hand off of her right hand to let the doctor have a peek.) The verdict: may need sutures. But if the bleeding would stop again, may just be able to get by with tissue glue. The nurse put a glob of lidocaine jelly on it,
we sat for 20 minutes, and when the doctor returned, he pronounced it fit for glue. So, after numbing, scrubbing, air drying, gluing and bandaging, we were able to leave, and we got home a little after 10:30pm. When Baba came to pick us up, he brought her Cloud Kimochi, which made her smile:
So that was Day 2 of the New Year!
Yesterday, I received photos of the fire at my Dad's house in Alabama. It happened just before Christmas, and they'd called the day it happened, but seeing the photos
was really shocking. It was so much worse than I'd imagined. Here's one example:
I am in awe of how well he and my step-mom are doing. Luckily all of the family (including the 3 dogs) is safe. The helpfulness of their State Farm agent and their wonderful neighbors has gone a long way, I think. Fingers crossed that the reconstruction goes well. I hope the professionals in northern Alabama are more competent than those we've run across here (between the contractor who remodeled our kitchen in the condo, the landscape architect who did our yard here, and the guys who just repaired our heating system, we don't have a lot of confidence in the home improvement field!). I wish I could go out there to help; I am cramming extra patients in left and right to try to accommodate as many pets as possible before we leave for China next month, and there's just no way for me to get away.
Today, Day 4 of the New Year, was eventful but in a good way: Maggie ran her first race!! I did the DSE Lake Merced 4.5-mile run, after which there was a 1-mile Kids' Run. Maggie finished! She took a few little walk breaks, but never complained about being too tired, etc., and she was so proud when she was done.
Her favorite part was the "prize", a box of Sno-Caps!
(Unfortunately, allowing her to eat an entire box of chocolate was not such a good idea; she was incredibly hyper the rest of the day! No nap, and her "quiet time" was anything but quiet. Edward and I are more exhausted than she is!)
Finally, she's fast asleep, which is where I'm headed now.