Liam Falls at School

Liam was playing at recess and while running from third to home in kickball, a kid threw the ball at Liam and it happened to get him between his legs and he was running, so his back foot going forward wouldn’t move and Liam fell. The nurse called me at school to pick him up and said that he might need stitches.

His arm didn’t look so bad, but he was pretty shaken up when I got him from the nurse. When out in the hall on the way to the car I asked him if it hurt (it didn’t) or if he thought that I was angry that I had to pick him up (nope) or if he was embarrassed that he fell in front of friends (no) so I was at a loss as to why he was acting so strangely. My worst fear was that he was going to go into shock or something. It all turns out that he was terribly afraid that he would have to get stitches. So for the next two hours on the way home, on the way to the clinic, and while waiting at the clinic all I did was to try to tell him that I doubt that he would need stitches, but if he did it isn’t a big deal.

When the doctor said that he wouldn’t need the stitches, I gave Liam a thumbs up, and almost immediately Liam became completely animated and couldn’t stop laughing and talking. I don’t think that I’ve ever seen his demeanor change so quickly.

So after we were out of the doctor’s, we return Dalen’s call. She asks him what happened and if he got stitches.

Liam tells her that he wants it to be a surprise. I wonder where he got that from. He did disclose that we got French fries at McDonald’s before walking into the clinic, though.

The next day I asked Liam if he played kickball during recess and he did, so there seem to be no lasting problems due to the accident.

No stitches required.