Dr. Joe and Nurse Shawna with Sam
Earlier tonight I sent Sam and Leah upstairs to brush their teeth and put on their pajamas. Jimmy and I were talking in the kitchen.....and we heard a thud followed by Sam crying. As usual, we did not rush to see what happened; we just continued our conversation. After a few moments, I realized that Sam was crying like he was hurt, not just irritated by Leah. I investigated, and found him coming down the stairs, still crying and dripping blood from his chin. I rushed him to the kitchen to let Jimmy look at him. We laid Sam on the counter, and Dr. Daddy gently examined the patient. He held pressure on the wound, and then he cleaned it with antiseptic. Next he closed the cut with three steri strips. Throughout this medical care Sam sucked his pacifier and smelled my hair. I was glad to not have to look! The sight of blood makes me feel faint! Next Jimmy called the ER to see which Dr. was working. Thankfully one of the doctors on duty was Dr. Joe, Jimmy's cousin Leanna's husband. He discussed with Joe whether we should bring Sam in for stitches, or just let the steri strips hold the cut together. We were still undecided about what to do. The whole family gathered around Sam and me in the rocking chair......then one of the children said, "Sam's bandaids are coming off!" Decision made. We promptly went to the ER.
I was delighted to see Shawna working with Dr. Joe. I have known Shawna for several years now.....she used to work at Jimmy's clinic.....and she just began homeschooling her oldest child. Joe's wife, Leanna, homeschools their children too! Anyway, Shawna and Joe were just wonderful. They treated Sam very kindly and put him at ease. Sam proved to be a tough patient! He didn't resist being held down for the numbing injection, and he really didn't cry that much. I found myself squeezing his hand much too tightly while Joe was sewing him up!