Last Sunday, during Harper's lacrosse game, Addison took a tumble into a nearby pond and gashed her knee on some rocks. The cut was wide, but not too deep, and, at first, we thought we could butterfly it at home, but after several attempts, it became apparent we needed to take her to the ER.
Once there the doctor offered us either three stitches or steri-strips to close the wound, and explained the difference would be the width of the resulting scar. I wanted to stitch it because I (am a mean, mean mommy who wanted the most painful solution possible) wanted the thinnest scar possible. Addie wanted no part of the stitches; she was very upset and quite adament about not having stitches. Steve sided with Addison, reminding me that it is her knee not her face, and we were talking milimeters.
We went with the steri-strips.
On the way home from the ER, she began to cry, telling me she was sad because her timing was so terrible, she had field day at school this week; an entire day of sporting activities that require bending, nonsteri-stripped knees, and her last lacrosse game this Saturday. So, she was sad and continues to be sad, but she is a trooper.
On the upside, her teacher is fabulous, and has set her up with a special seat in the classroom where she can put her leg up. She has her own lamp, she gets to choose a different personal helper each day and she is allowed to use the elevator rather than the stairs, so she is feeling pretty special at school.
The strips will take at least a couple of weeks, maybe up to three, to come off, and she is supposed to leave them to come off on their own. We saw her pediatrician last night and the knee is healing well. Not the best start to her summer, but she is going to be just fine.