Head Trauma Drama


It was a lovely, quiet Saturday afternoon. I was reading the latest required reading for biology, snuggled up in the comfy living room chair when all of a sudden I hear, “It will be all right. Go to your mother.” Then I hear a long, loud shrill! I go to the front door to find copious, bright red blood all over Andrew’s face. I rush him to the sink to wash him off and find the cut. The head bleeds a lot so thankfully the cut was much smaller than I thought. But it was deep and I couldn’t get the blood to stop so my husband and I decided it would be best to take him to the hospital to get checked out. (That picture above is Andrew waiting to be seen by the doctor. I think I did a decent job getting him patched up temporarily!)

So what happened? Andrew was helping daddy put together the basketball hoop we got him for his birthday. He was hopping around, as is his custom (Andrew is the human version of Tigger from Winnie the Pooh!), when he fell and hit his head on the corner of a brick. The brick is part of the decorations lining the porch and was just in the right angle to cause the deep cut.

By the time we got to the hospital the bleeding had stopped and it was easier for the doctor to take a look in the cut. The cut is small in diameter, but it is pretty deep. Four hours and two stitches later (along with prescription antibiotics) Andrew is all patched up and back to his usual self and gobbling up his favorite food – pizza.

The REAL drama of all this came from Andrew himself. Oh how I wish I had a video camera or audio recorder to tape him! Andrew came in the house shreeking and crying out, Oh, my! Oh, my! Oh, my! And when I washed up the blood and tried to explain that the cut wasn’t as bad as it looks he throws his arms up and yells, “oh, oh, oh!!!!” Then when Michael and I decided to take him to the hospital he starts crying out, “Oh, no! No, I don’t want to die! I don’t want to die!” It took all I had not to bust out laughing! Even on the way to the hospital, after he started calming down, he still kept saying to himself, “Oh my, oh my, oh my!”

He finally calmed down when we got to the hospital and saw a little girl, under a year old, who had a worse cut than Andrew over her eye. She was quiet and playing with her mom’s hair. Andrew whispers to me, “is my cut smaller than hers?” “Yes, hers is much worse,” I say. Andrew things for a minutes and then says, “Then I have nothing to cry about.” The rest of the visit he was much calmer although you can see from the picture above that he was pretty anxious about his head injury and seeing the doctor.

Thankfully, all’s well that ends well. If it hadn’t I certainly wouldn’t be writing this post!


  1. I am happy that Andrew is doing well. One of my older sons went head first into many things when he was little. I think he got stitches 4 or 5 times. The only time he cried is when we said we were taking him to the doctor.
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    • SimpleCatholic says

      Thanks, Debbie. I think the whole “going head first” is a boy thing. My son seems to do that a lot, too. 🙂 This is only the second time he had to get stitches, though.

  2. I appreciate how scared he was. When I was his age the last person I wanted to see was a doctor and the thought of stitches for anything just freaked me out. Glad he is OK. What boy grows up without a scar or two?
    Barb Schoeneberger…recently posted…Sunday Snippets – A Catholic CarnivalMy Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says

      Me, too, Barb. I had to get stitches in my leg when I was a kid and I screamed for a week! (Okay, slight exaggeration. 🙂 )

  3. Going head first is definitely a boy thing! I’m happy your son is okay. With five sons of my own, we have had various head injuries and facial injuries. We’ve had our fair share of stitches too…not fun!

  4. Ha! What a great story! There’s got to be one Drama king or queen in every house, right? 🙂
    Kathleen Basi…recently posted…Mama Rabbit And MeMy Profile

  5. Glad he is OK. Great story. Awesome of Andrew to notice that little girl and change his reaction. Very grown up! Isn’t that what we do when we are in pain – we see someone with a heavier cross and we say, well, maybe mine is not so bad?
    Colleen…recently posted…In the Palm of His HandMy Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says

      I hadn’t thought about that, Colleen. Good point. It shows that he is maturing even if he is my drama king. 🙂

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