From Costco to the ER

Well, last night was a night.  You know, when a trip to Costco ends up with a trip to the ER.  That kind of night.  I’ve been looking for a pair of white shoes for Lauren to wear on Saturday for her first communion and in typical me fashion we’re quickly running out of time.  We’ve been to 4 or 5 stores at this point but haven’t found the right ones.  So last night I decided to take the kids to Costco for dinner and then we were going to go hunt for shoes.  We made it through dinner without incident.  Then we walked around Costco for a bit.  In one of the aisles Lauren and Sean decided to hold hands and spin around.  I told them to stop because someone was going to get hurt and not 30 seconds later, Sean was on the ground.  And this, kids, is why you should always listen to your parents.

He got up and was crying but looked okay.  Then I saw the blood.  I checked out his chin and it looked pretty deep to me.  We went up to the front of the store and I asked if they had a first aid kit.  The man who helped us was awesome.  He sat Sean down and tried to keep him calm while he cleaned up and put a bandage on him.  He agreed that it looked like it was going to need stitches, so off we headed to Fairfax hospital.


Sean was a little nervous while we were in the waiting room.  He told me more than once that he thought it was feeling better and he thought it was okay.  I told him we’d have a doctor look at it just to be sure.

After a short wait, a nurse took us back where they confirmed that it would definitely need stitches.  They soaked a cotton ball in some topical numbing stuff (that’s the technical term) and taped it to his chin for about 30 minutes.  The kids watched tv while we waited and Sean was so incredibly brave.  We were there for about 2.5 hours and everyone behaved perfectly.   I think Sean was nervous and Lauren and Ryan felt bad for him, so everyone was being very nice to each other which definitely isn’t always the case. 😉


Once he was all numbed up, he got 5 stitches and a popsicle and we were free to go.  While it’s one of those things you hope never happens, the reality with kids is that occasionally these things do happen and the whole experience was pretty pleasant as far as these things go.  From the people at Costco to the nurses at the hospital, everyone was great.  They kept Sean relaxed and entertained and fixed him up good as new.

We left the hospital around 9:45 and I promised Sean before he got the stitches that he could have an ice cream from McD’s on the way home.  All the kids deserved a treat after that ordeal.  So we grabbed that and everyone was in bed by 10:30.

What a night!  In the scheme of things, it was a small accident and Sean’s no worse for the wear.  Of course, it’s now Wednesday and Lauren still doesn’t have shoes for Saturday.  She may be wearing sneakers with her pretty white dress because I’m not sure I’m up for another adventure tonight!


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  1. And they are always so proud of their wounds — especially boys. We certainly enjoyed the First Communion and the party. And seeing all the wonderful things you’ve done to the house. I love the colors in the living room!

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