On Thursday night, I read Dylan and Summer their new library books, including Maisy Goes to the Hospital.
And less than one hour later, I was racing Summer to the hospital in a taxicab. I sort of blame Maisy. Seriously, how could I not?
Poor Summer slammed her finger in a drawer. Well, Dylan actually did the slamming. Summer mostly handled the anguished crying.
We get to the hospital and the first nurse says…
“What are you here for today?”
“My daughter’s finger. As you can see, the nail has been ripped off and there’s a lot of blood.”
“Anything else?” the nurse asks.
Oh, I forgot to mention that she also needs an appendectomy. My god, isn’t having your nail ripped off enough?!
“No, that’s it,” I reply.
First Summer has x-rays and we find out she has a tiny fracture.
And later on, a plastic surgeon arrives to suture her finger. I find out (because I asked a lot of questions) that he left the Broadway show “Hair” to fix summer’s hand. But no worries, he didn’t really like the show all that much and he did get to see the 14 seconds of nudity in the second act.
I know you’re totally wondering how this possibly comes up when a surgeon is sewing my daughter’s hand. But I actually asked if there was a lot of nudity in the show. I mean, that’s what “Hair” is famous for and I’m just telling you, at the time, it didn’t seem like such a weird thing to ask.
Finally, he’s done. With the sewing. And talking to me about “Hair” and other various Broadway shows. Turns out he’s a “Mamma Mia” kind of guy.
I’m so relieved that it’s over and I can take my baby home.
Dylan wakes up when we arrive and in her big sister, sweet, compassionate way says,
“Can I tell my teachers about this at school?”
Which is sort of like “Is my sister ok?” but not exactly.
An yes, she is ok.
Special thanks to my super doctor friend Adam who put up with my frantic calls from the ER.
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