Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Avery's First Emergency Room Visit

Earlier this week Avery managed to get a hold of a cassette tape case (so random, I know) and somehow pinched his finger in it just right so that it sliced the pad open in a big flap. We were actually getting ready to go at the time to take him to his 18 mo. check-up and figured they could just take care of it there. No such luck. What kind of doctor's office doesn't keep any sutures, at least for just in case?! So off to the Emergency Room.
What a nightmare. After a LOOONNNGGG wait, they finally took us back. The brilliant resident thought a topical anesthetic would be enough (Travis was saying yeah right) and sure enough, after having to wait another 30 minutes for the topical to take effect, it wasn't gonna cut it by half. Of course, Avery missed his nap for all this and spent the 3 hours waiting being miserable, and, of course, that meant he managed to fall asleep literally minutes before they came back in to check on the topical!
So Avery had some local injected and here's some shots of the sutures being put in and the lengths Travis and 2 helpers went to to keep Avery distracted (the bubbles were key!):
Here's what his finger looked like today (4 days later) and I've added the red line where the slice was:
Avery may be all bandaged up - but he's still ready to play on the playground by the day after the incident:

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