Stitches. Again. And Again.

Dear Grown Up Piper,

Once upon a time in kindergarten you fell down. You might remember it. You tripped over Daniel’s foot and landed on your chin. It was a gaping cut. Your poor teacher was traumatized. An ER visit later, you were the proud bearer of four stitches.

A week later you fell again. You busted open the SAME stitches. I swear it’s true. Daniel’s foot was nowhere in sight. You were running in your socks during P.E. Even though I write fiction, I can’t make stuff like this up. Again, back to the doctor. They recommended more stitches.

Here’s the part that you may now be blaming me for. I didn’t let them stitch you back up. There was no medical reason to do so. New stitches would have been purely cosmetic. I did take you to the eye doctor for a full exam. I also had your hearing and ears checked. I also took you to your pediatrician. You’re fine. You’re silly. You bounce around a lot. You fall. You seem rather resilient.

If all of your supermodel dreams have been crushed by now and if you’ve been turned away by potential suitors because of the scar underneath your chin that no one can see, it’s my fault. Blame me. When you’re a mom, you might understand.




4 thoughts on “Stitches. Again. And Again.

  1. Melissa,

    I so enjoy the antics of Piper. I just had to tell you that we had a similar situation with our son John regarding the stitches. He fell skating at Skate Inn East and opened up the skin right under his chin, resulting in a nice row of stitches. The nurse in the ER was one of our wonderful Lincoln parent volunteers, Jeanette. A few weeks later John flew over the handle bars of his bike as he raced down a hill, opening his chin again. Back to the ER. Jeanette greeted us again. She told me that it was a good thing that she knew me and that she knew that I was a good parent. She informed me that bringing a child into the ER with injuries twice in such a short period usually resulted in a call to DCF!

    Martha Bunch Sent from my iPad

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