Mike is out the door and on the floor with Leise in the blink of an eye. I hang back for a sec and grab a cloth to cover the wound. Get in there and take a look. GROSS! It wasn't huge, but probably about 1/2 inch wide. A slice on her shin (not knee, guess we need to cover anatomy with Alia!). It looked like it had been sliced, but it was gaping with tissue popping out in the middle. Now, this is where you can thank me for my lack of brain waves because I DID take pictures on my cell phone, but apparently, I didn't save them after taking them and now I can't find them. Otherwise, you'd be looking at pictures too. So, you'll just have to use your imagination instead!
After trying some butterfly stitches (didn't work) and just wrapping it with a big gauze pad, and much deliberation, I made the decision that it needed stitches and I was taking her in. Mike loaded her in the car and we headed to the nearest emergency room. Of course, the urgent care had closed at 8, so we missed that one and we're off to the hospital. We got there at 9:46 and we were able to get right in.
After the screaming from the injection (oh man, there has GOT to be a better way than that!) she did great! 6 stitches and we were home by 11:30. Now, I must say that I think the reason she agreed to even go to the hospital and get the stitches was because I told her she wouldn't have to go to school today if she had stitches.
Even though it was an eventful night, I am glad that I insisted on taking her in and am so grateful for the wonderful staff at our local hospital. They were great and I feel so blessed to live somewhere that is so close to great hospitals!
Oh, and when I clean it out tonight, I'll take some pics. Something to look forward to!