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Three stitches to the head..

Written on March 28, 2007 by Kevin.

For the past couple of days we have been going from store to store looking for a specific type of potty for Rylan to begin using. We have been super excited about this until we stepped into the Target Greatland store.

While my wife was looking at some clothes, Rylan was walking me around the store while hunting down things that interested him as well. We stopped by the bra department (sigh), the shoes and back to the kids section to hunt down mom. At that time, the worst thing that could have happened, did so. Rylan had tripped and slammed his forehead into the edge of a clothing shelf. I immediately picked Rylan up my heart just dropped. He was bleeding. I rushed around looking for my wife and then we headed up to the front of the store to get some ice and something to help stop the bleeding. Quickly, we had Target employees around us trying to comfort us but it wasn't going to help.

They wanted us to stay around to fill out paperwork but we insisted on leaving as he had a deep gash in his forehead that most likely needed stitches. We quickly got to the Mayo Clinic emergency room and waited. At this point, Rylan had calmed down and was back to his old tricks like nothing had even happened. I don't know how he does it. It took a bit to finally see a doctor and she confirmed the need for stitches. They gave him a bit of numbing medicine on the cut and then they proceeded to bundle him up in a sheet and restraining harness. They gave a bit more numbing medicine, cleaned it out and then stitched it up. This was possibly the worst 10 minutes of my life. The screams that Rylan had and the face of fear were extremely difficult to handle. He began to shake his head back and forth like he knew exactly what was happening and was begging us to stop. I can't imagine what would be more difficult to watch.

Rylan is doing much better now but I am not sure if I will ever fully recover. When you think being 2 feet away from your child is close enough, something comes up and your life is turned upside down.


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