As of a week and a half ago, Finn is the winner of the first head wound lottery! It was bound to happen sooner or later, and we’re lucky that it was a pretty minor injury that happened when he was playing tag with friends at recess and hit his head on the play structure. He didn’t even realize he was bleeding until much later in the day, when he saw a little bit of blood on his finger after scratching his head. His teacher and the woman in the school office thought he was fine because he wasn’t acting differently. The woman in the office called me and told me what had happened but said she thought he was fine, and that she couldn’t feel a bump.
After school he played as usual, and continued playing with a neighbor once we got home. When he finally came in the house at about 5:30, he asked if I wanted to see where he’d hit his head. I did, and I was surprised, once I found my way to his scalp through all that hair, to see an actual wound.
I immediately texted my doctor friend Melinda who advised that it probably warranted a trip to urgent care so they could check out the depth. So, that evening the two of us went up to the local urgent care where they cleaned the wound and found that it wasn’t huge, but it was big enough to need a staple to close it. Finn was frantic. The idea of a staple completely freaked him out, and the cleaning had hurt. He was not a happy boy when I surreptitiously snapped this photo of him with the numbing medicine strapped to his head.
The actual application of the staple proved to be less harrowing than the idea of it, and soon we were on our way home. He couldn’t wait to tell Bruce and Ezra about it. He stayed home from school the next day because it was still hurting and it had been a fairly late night at urgent care. But the day after he couldn’t wait to tell all his friends he had a staple in his head. And he had me take a picture so he could show everyone (and zoom it all the way in, which he loved).
A week later we went back and had it taken out. Here are the boys lounging in the waiting room beforehand.
The doc said everything looks good!