Thursday, December 22, 2011
Ice Skating: Another Holdiay Event, Another Bloody Face Incident
Tuesday of Christmas Break, I thought it would be fun to go to Ice Skating and enjoy a little fellowship with friends and the balcony girls. We could get some winter exercise and have some fun. After introducing Miss M and Miss A to skating last winter, they have been begging to go again.
We had a fabulous twenty minutes of skating on a nearly empty ice rink and Miss A was getting pretty confident in her skills and Miss A was enjoying her friends. Off to the side of the rink, we noticed a little practice arena where you can "skate" on dry land and practice up on your skills. Our only problem was didn't realize that the "hill" was actually suppose to be climbed up to practice "walking on ice" and not slide down.
On her second "run" down, Miss A skidded out and fell on her face putting her two front teeth through her bottom lip. Thankfully, I was standing right there and quickly applied pressure and cupped my hands to catch the flowing river of blood. Miss A was a real trooper and other than a few tears, remained calm allowing my friend H to access if we needed to head to the ER for stitches. Thankfully, we were able to stop the bleeding and see that besides a deep cut there was no real damage to her teeth or lip.
Having already had one set of stitches on a lip and realizing that "they" don't really like to stitch a lip because it's too moist; we just keep the lip closed and moist. Let's just say that Miss A was thrilled when she learned no Dr visit would be required. However, she decided that she was done skating. She told me that she would not be ice skating ever again. When Papa came to rescue her (thanks Dad), she was more than happy to go home.
My father being able to come and retrieve Miss A is really only one part of the blessings in this story. By God's provision, I had asked another mother stay to "help" and she just happens to be a nurse. I could not have asked for a better set of hands to help out in a crisis. I got the biggest kick out of H when she went to town telling the Ice Arena that they needed to update their First Aid Kit or close their doors. She was adamant that they were not prepared for an injury.
Maybe that's why Miss A was offered a free Sprite and all the ice cubes she wanted! By the end of the day, Miss A had amended her previous claim that she would not ice skate ever again to the new philosophy that "I'll give it one my try, but if anything happens I'm done with skating forever." Gotta love that she will at least give it another try.
With any luck, our "holiday injury curse" is over for this Christmas Season! You never know!