Friday, August 1, 2008

Doctor's Visit

Today was our appointment for a doctor's visit to check up on Hunter's wound. I don't go to the doctor for frivolous purposes, but I was a bit concerned about the way his cut has been healing and wanted to make sure it was okay.

The glue has looked pretty much disgusting since he got it. But the doctor who did the stitches said that it would be alright, that it looked bad but once the glue fell off it would be fine.

The glue was disgusting. It turned all purplish and green and yellow. On Sunday when he bumped it a little and it bled only a small amount, half of the glue came off and it looked pretty bad.

The next day the rest of the glue came off, and the wound looked as separated as it did before he even got the stitches. I didn't want to go back to the hospital, after the way the doctor was hounding me about vaccinations and all the time we spent sitting around (we waited for hours in the ER). I really didn't want to go through that again.

But I did schedule this appointment with his pediatrician. And after driving twenty minutes to the office and waiting an hour and forty minutes for him to talk to us for five, I was not all too pleased.

He said that it had already healed so much, that there was really nothing he could do except cut the scab out and stitch it back up. But he wasn't sure if he wanted to do that.

He contemplated the idea for about three minutes, thinking out loud what he would do if it was his kid. He eventually came to the conclusion that it would be best to just let it finish healing and if in six months or six years the scar was still bad, that he could do the same procedure - cut out the scar and stitch it up. So, really, after all that time of waiting the most we came out of there with was an Elmo sticker. At least I brought our bits so we weren't entirely bored the whole time. And talked about all the equipment in the examination room.

But, apparently he's never seen the glue come off like that. Too bad it had to be on my kid! But I'm hoping that applying vitamin E oil will help with the scaring. And it's not the worst thing in the world for a little boy to have a cool battle wound.

And we also found out that he's allergic to latex, as was apparent from the rash all over his face where the bandaid once stuck. At least we know now!

"He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds."
Psalm 147:3

Hunter is 3 years, 4 months old

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