On Sunday, Alex fell off the little ladder on our place place and hit the back of his head. It was while we were out-- but just as we were heading back to the house. Amazingly, the kids kept things under control until we got home. Ice pack applied to the back of his head, they were able to minimize the swelling and bleeding. Thankfully we were out with our new friends who are a part of our community group-- one just happens to be a nurse. When we got back to the house, she pulled her nurse's bag out. She checked out his gash, cleaned it, helped me cut his hair, and we tried to apply butterfly stitches. They wouldn't stick. As we continued to hold the split closed and apply pressure it looked like I would have to take him in for stitches. I called a nearby urgent care only to find out that they would only do staples. With Alex easily frightened/freaked out, John and I wanted to avoid taking him to get staples after our nurse friend said how traumatic it can be. After putting our heads together we finally came up with the idea to use liquid bandage.
Sure enough-- it worked. After applying the goop, we held the split together until it dried. The gash stayed closed and the bleeding stopped!
For the last two days I have kept Alex home to make sure he took it easy. So he wouldn't get too behind, he even got some school work done! Tonight, I spent a good half hour cutting the hardened liquid bandage out of his hair. I wanted to make sure that his wound was draining properly-- which it is, with nice clear fluid-- not that there is much.
When all is said and done, I will probably shave Alex's head to match the area on the back of his head.
Thankfully his hair grows pretty fast.
Looking back over the past few days, I am so thankful that Alex is okay. He is so active like Dennis that they both always have a scraped knee or elbow going on. I am very proud of my older children who handled the situation quite well. They did not panic. I think they will make excellent first time parents one day-- and not freak out like I did the first few times something like this happened. I am also a huge fan of liquid bandage which saved the day.