Sunday, July 27, 2008

To stitch or not to stitch

Wow, church was really fun today! Dan and I both taught in our respective YM/YW classes, in neighboring classrooms. Sometime in the middle of Nephi and his brothers going to get the plates from Laban and exercising their agency (guess the objective of the lesson yet? :) ) in how they responded to the Lord's commandment to return to Jerusalem and get the plates, I heard an all too familiar cry of hurt/desperation/sadness in the hallway coming nearer... Dan and I both poked our heads out our classroom doors at the same moment to find Anna in the arms of her nursery leader, tears streaming down her face with a gash on her forehead. Needless to say, the rest of Young Women class was very interesting as I taught with a very distraught little girl on my lap, trying to press ice to her owie. Nephi eventually returned to the city a 3rd time, found Laban drunk, and followed the spirit when it told him to slay Laban and retrieve the plates; a good example was shown from that scripture story and we all (I hope) came away with a greater appreciation of the gift of agency we all have.

So back to our little drama queen with a boo-boo--she wouldn't calm down, so we ducked out of Sacrament Meeting early and came home to let Anna nap. But first I greatly deliberated over whether or not this cut made a visit to the ER or instacare worth it. Of course there are the basic descriptors of when it will need stitches--is it big, deep, gaping, etc. but that doesn't help me too much since I have no point of reference for what is deep or not. You'd think with 10 brothers and sisters I would remember seeing some cut worthy of stitches, but I can only remember the after pictures when stitches are already in place. Because hers was only a little gaping, and not long at all, we settled for a steri-strip and some liquid bandage stuff to help seal it up. Hopefully she'll heal well! I am just too much a first-time mom! Oh well, building experience as I go... Next time she gets any cut bigger than this one, we'll probably go get it stitched. Maybe. After major parental deliberations/struggles/stressing (it will get easier, won't it??). Here's our little invalid!

2 comments:

Jenni said...

aww poor Anna!

Justin and Jessica said...

So sad!!! It sounds like (on MBR) you guys have done enough and shouldn't need stitches. But I hope she feels better soon.