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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Sophia and the Purple Band-Aid


Sophie is my accident prone child.

Just yesterday she spilled hot soup all over herself, fell and skinned her knee outside and managed to fall off the couch in such a manner that she bruised her arm. Mostly she's pretty tough--a kiss and a Band-Aid will fix pretty much anything--as long as there isn't any blood.

However, if there is blood, I must prepare myself for lots of inconsolable shrieking and general hysterics. It doesn't matter if there is just the teensiest bit--Sophie is horrified by it. Fortunately, there has never been enough blood to make me worry too much.

At least, there never has been until this past Sunday during Sacrament Meeting.

I was trying to listen to the talk about how to trust in the Lord and not worry about the future when Sophia dropped the book she was reading. As she tried to get it, she somehow fell out of the bench and hit her head on the pew in front of us. Anticipating her loud wailing, I snatched her up and attempted to carry her out of the chapel before the screaming could disturb the congregation. I would have succeeded, too, if the door at the front of the chapel nearest to where we were sitting hadn't been locked! Instead, I had to run up the aisle, holding her head into my shoulder to muffle the crying until I got into the foyer.

When I got out of the chapel, I sat down and rocked her for a few minutes and then decided to take a look at the damage. I was expecting a goose-egg or maybe a bruise, but what I saw was blood everywhere. In her hair, on her face, in her mouth, on my dress, in her ears.

Trying to maintain calm and not scare her, I hurried into the bathroom and started cleaning her up. I was a little bit afraid of what I might find underneath all of that blood, and began to plan how I would go back into the chapel to get my car keys and let the older girls know I was taking Sophie to get stitches and hope Joel wouldn't get too worried while sitting up on the stand watching and wondering what was happening.

Luckily, when I finally got her mostly clean, I could see that it was just a little gash. She must have hit the corner of the hymn book holder just right. Who knew such a little wound could produce such a scary amount of blood?

The next task was to go to the library and locate the first-aid kit. The librarian helped me find some antibiotic ointment and a box of multi-colored Band-Aids. Sophia chose purple.

I carefully applied the purple bandage, kissed her forehead, and headed back into Sacrament Meeting. Sophie retrieved her book and began to read and I resumed listening to the speaker. And all was again right in the world.

23 comments :

  1. Lara,
    This happened to my son as well! It was Sunday School Sunday and he had a part in the service. Instead we went to the ER and I didnt see my other two do their parts either. Luckily a good friend's husband drove us, he had a good gash and several stitches.

    ~Joni

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  2. So glad that it wasn't more serious and that the purple band aid did the trick!

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  3. When I was little, we stayed after church while my dad was in meetings. Against my mom's wishes, I was running in the hall, tripped, and hit my head on a door frame. Lots of blood. Someone else in the bldg. helped my mom take me to the hospital for stitches. Looking back, I'm sure this was all a really fun adventure for my mom.

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  4. Yep, those head wounds sure can gush- and it doesn't take a big cut either. But now I'm curious- what did you do about your dress??

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  5. Those head wounds are the worst. It looks like so much more of a wound and it can just be small. SOunds like you handled it great.

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  6. Purple bandaids make everything better!

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  7. yow~ The only thing that bleeds worse than a head is a lip. Poor girl. The bandaid is kinda cute though. ;)

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  8. What about the blood on your dress? That's for sure way worse than the little bit of ink that my little guy got all over my skirt a couple of weeks ago! And the band-aid is super-cute!
    :~D

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  9. Wow, we missed sacrament meeting (I guess I was exhausted after spending all day Saturday making candles) so I didn't see any of the drama unfold. Head wounds tend to bleed, a lot! Glad she's ok.

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  10. i freak out at the tiniest amount of blood too. i'm glad she is alright!

    i find that hello kitty bandaids are a great comfort too.

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  11. She sounds JUST like my H. Head wounds bleed and bleed--even if they are little. But I am glad that it was just a scratch and that a purple band-aid was able to make it all better!!

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  12. Must have been so scary for her--and YOU!

    In other bandaid news, my son had his Scout Camp physical yesterday and was a bit horrified that after getting pricked for the iron blood test they gave him a DIEGO bandaid. He's a teenager, for Pete's sake! I must admit, I giggled.

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  13. That is a very cute purple bandaid!

    Luckily, we have not had any accidents at church - yet.

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  14. I agree that purple band-aids can pretty much heal anything.

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  15. I swear, foreheads and lips bleed like there's no tomorrow! Glad it was healed with a purple bandaid.

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  16. Eugh....Reed had a gash that was so little on the back of his head once--the head is so vascular, it only takes a little to make it bleed that much!! I'm so glad she's okay. And she looks ridiculously cute with that band-aid on. :D

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  17. Well, you can't say that kids don't bring adventure into our lives. I think head wounds tend to produce a lot of blood. Benjamin gashed his forehead open when he was one and I about panicked when I saw how much blood there was. Luckily it, too, wasn't too much of a gash. A trip to the ER and some superglue (instead of stitches) was all that was needed.

    Glad Sophia recovered well!!

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  18. Oh boy. Your Sophia is my Mikelle. Klutzy and freaking out about blood. When she lost a tooth (not the knocked out accident, but a natural baby tooth loss) she freaked with the blood as if we were in a horror movie. I found myself LYING and saying the blood is like the glue that holds the tooth to the gums, so when the baby tooth is ready to come out, you see some of the glue. TOTAL BS, but it got her horror to go from about a level 10 to a level 3.

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  19. My whole family left church once when my brother cut his ear really ad on the hymn book holder.
    Blood everywhere.
    church can be a dangerous thing.

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  20. Awww. Poor Sophie! Once my oldest was running in the cultural hall and wiped out really good right before our ward Christmas program, where my hubby and I had parts to perform. We had a good friend take him to the emergency room until sac mtg ended and then we ran over. Stitches. Church insurance. :)

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  21. There are always so many gorgeous photos to see on your blog! Hey, are you still moving? I looked to see what I have missed out on (so very much!) but I couldn't find it. Did the mahalo notes and napkins get to you okay?

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  22. Awww, that poor darling! Glad that you were able to be calm and quick on cleaning her up to see how bad it is. I have to chant to my kids, "I need you to calm down and breathe" when I hear them hit anything pretty hard. It helps me calm down too and not panic. Purple Band-aid, great choice. Yes, sometimes you hit anything just right, no matter how small, seem to be a monumental bleeding effect. Glad she's alright now...

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  23. Not a fun experience, but it was a great post. What about your dress? A few months back I helped a primary kid to the bathroom that got a bad bloody nose from doing "Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes" too close to the row in front of him. I ended up bloodied and went home to change. The shirt and my shoe ended up fine, but the carpet in the church (a nice trail from the primary room to the bathroom) is still spotted.

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