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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.

mama bird notes:

I want to thank all of you for your awesome, kick-arse comments in reaction to my Washington Post story. I’m so grateful that you all have my back. Because the blogosphere does not have to be a cruel, nasty place. It can be a hilarious, warm, supportive community. So thank you for proving that.

The Seventh Generation giveaway was so popular that those awesome green folks agreed to give away two gift bags!!! The winners are Melanie and Brittany.   Congrats ladies! Send your full name and address to kelcey@mamabirddiaries.com and your bags will be sent. Also, if you’re looking for Seventh Generation coupons, click here.

50 Responses to summer goes to the hospital

  • TheresaG says:

    Glad her finger is going to be ok!  The same thing happened to a student in my class back when I was teaching.  He nearly went into shock.  Sounds like Summer is a trooper.

  • MommyTime says:

    Oooh, poor little monkey. I’m glad she’s okay. I know how scary things like that can be (though in my case it was the husband who had to be rushed in for stitches…)  I’m glad she’s recovering well.

  • lswain says:

    glad she is feeling better, how did she handle the stitches? I could imagine that could be a whole blog post in itself? 

  • Kim says:

    Oh…. I remember almost the same thing happening to me as a kid… Only instead of a sister, there was a brother involved! 🙂
    Glad to hear Summer is on the mend (she is such a cutie), and that you were able to learn so much about musicals as well!  Gotta love NYC!!!!!!

  • MN Mama says:

    Oh goodness….  I am so sorry to hear about Summer having to have stitches.  I hope she is feeling better.  I just had a feeling I did not win the giveaway so when I was at Target this morning I picked up some Seventh Generation products.  You convinced me!  Hang in there friend!

  • Bless her wee little heart.  OUCH!  So glad her finger is going to be OK.   It’s such a rough thing when our little ones go through something like this, especially when it’s more than what a hug and kiss from mommy and possibly a bandaid, can cure.

  • Kelli says:

    So glad Summer is feeling better.  She’s such a cutie!  My daughter closed her finger in the laundry room door the other day.  We were lucky, no fractures or stiches.  Just some swelling and bruising. 

  • Shani says:

    Glad she’s okay!  That kind of thing is so gut-wrenching for a parent!  So, there was only 14 seconds of nudity?  I wonder if it was always 14 seconds or if it was cut down to suit today’s tastes?  Or the other way around maybe. LOL.

  • stoneskin says:

    My first thought was “I’m glad she’s ok” and my second was “I really wouldn’t want to be operated on by a Mamma Mia surgeon” – I mean, what if he started singing!?1

  • Jennifer says:

    OMG Kelcey, can’t believe Summer had to go through this–so painful and scary for a wee one. So glad she’s OK–we’re sending her lots of Love XOX. And since I’ve been sick all week, laryngitis, zombie-like, I did not have the energy to read much or comment abt those stupid WP commenters. It still shocks me how mean and nasty people can be and how they don’t have anything better to do w/themselves than be rude. I go on message boards a lot (mainly special needs boards) but when I see the posts on Toddler and NYC, some of the comments are SO nasty. I can’t stand it. Anyway, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your great blog, writing and talent. Keep it comin’ mama!!!

  • Thank GOODNESS she’s okay!!!  Maybe you could let her paint the end of her little bandage with fingernail polish so it matches the other fingers??  That would be sweet…  

  • Poor little thing!

    Once my mother accidentally slammed my brother’s finger in a car door when he was 7. It was his middle finger and for several years that finger was bigger than the others. He was very popular.

  • wa says:

    So happy she’s OK.
    And thank God we’ve been done with Maisy for a while. We were always suspicious of Tallulah’s motives.

  • Dixie Chick says:

    So glad she is okay – the nurse asking, “anything else” has either happened to me in real life or I’ve seen it in a movie? and it made me chukle.  Hope it heals quickly.

  • jean says:

    My future husband, John, sliced the tendons in his forearm after he tried carrying a plate glass mirror up the stairs of our Little Italy walk-up.  We took him to St. Vincent’s and it was the same day there was a Circle Line Tour accident so the head of plastic surgery happened to be in…He sewed John up and when he learned he was-at that time-a carpenter (and maybe  for John’s entertaining jokes he made while being sutured) he didn’t charge for him for the surgery…he just paid for the overnight for observation…At least we never got a bill…

  • johanna says:

    poor baby. hope you she is on the mend. Funny as we JUST took out that same book this week, but Kyliegh is not thrilled about the page with Tallulah writing on Maisy’s leg as she doesn’t understand the whole cast issue yet!! Ah, 2 year olds. 

  • ErinB says:

    look at that SWEET little face- love it! Sorry about her boo-boo but glad she is feeling better. never a dull moment over there huh?

  • Terra says:

    Ok I have to say it, “why is it always that finger?” it is always that one that gets slammed, fractured, broken and bandaged for showing off.  Thank goodness she is too young to know.  When I did it I was 12, I had fun with it…

  • Chris says:

    It’s terribly traumatic to have to take your child to the ER, regardless of the reason.  Poor Summer, and poor Mama.

    Thanks for the dirt on “Hair”.

  • Marisa says:

    Glad to hear Summer is ok!  I recently tried clipping my newborn’s fingernails (first time mom) and clipped off the tip of his right ring finger!  I called 911… my husband’s idea since when I called him at work all he could hear above the baby’s cries were, “LOTS OF BLOOD… FINGER!”
    Needless to say I’m not ever clipping the baby’s fingernails again.

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    Did Dylan do it on purpose and will we be reading your blogs about The Bad Seed?  Or was it an accident?  My sister almost killed me ON PURPOSE..and it was a good thing my mother was in the house to rescue me from certain death.  And YES, Summer has the most adorable, innocent little face and she doesn’t deserve to suffer.  Buy her an ice cream cone for her bravery. 

  • patois says:

    I’ve always been adamant about doors not being closed — in play or in anger — but it never occurred to me to warn about drawers! Glad your Hair-less doctor was so good.

  • Madmad says:

    Oh, dear LORD, woman! You have been way too busy to be having coffee with me! Glad she’s OK! (And can’t wait to hear about your genetics tests! Yikes! You are so brave!)

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