Tuesday, December 11, 2007

35 stitches later...

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So, it has happened again. Now officially 2 times since we've been married, I find myself standing over my husband while I watch a doctor stitching up his face. Not 5 or 10 stitches, but 35 stitches. Let me explain...

Last night Mike went over to some rich guys house to play racquetball in their racquetball court. At 10 I got a call from Mike saying the following:

Mike: "um, I got hit in the face and so I'm going to get some stitches."
Me: "Is this is a joke"
Mike: "No it's not a joke, Phil (Mike's friend) is going to pick you up and bring you over to the doctors where I'm getting stitched up."
Me: "We're not going to the ER?"
Mike: "No, the guy had a doctor in his ward...he's going to stitch it up"
Me: "How bad is it"
Mike: "Not as deep as last time, I didn't lose any teeth!"
Me: "Of course it's not as deep, last time you had a cut THROUGH your face."

Background: Mike got glass THROUGH his lip (2 in scar) two years ago and it knocked out his tooth. It took 4 surgeries and 1 year for him to finally get the new tooth in.
How it happened: Mike said that someone came up with the bright idea to play doubles (Yes, that's 4 people on one tiny racquetball court). The guy on his team, the owner of the home, wacked Mike in the face hard with one of his swings.

Mike's friend comes to pick me up:

Phil: "Mike was really good about it, didn't freak out...said it wasn't as deep as last time...it looks pretty deep to me. It looks like you could fit a quarter in it."
Me: "Awesome. Who's stitching it?"
Phil: "An OB/GYN"
Me: "Ugh, I don't think they do face stitches...they only stitch up women after they deliver babies...in places you DON'T see. Is this a good idea?"
Phil: "Ugh, yeah. I think he's done it before"

So, I go to the doctor's office and find Mike on the table, just like before, with the doctor over him pulling the needle and thread through is beautiful face. Blood is on the sheet and his face, I don't like it...but I can handle it. I'm not a very squeemish girl (sp?). I ask the doctor what layer of stitiches he is on and he informs me he's already done 3 layers. Mike always does say, "Go big or go home!" The doctor was like, "whoa, I've never seen something this deep, wow." Not a very comforting comment to a wife that was already skeptical. After the doctor finished (it did look like his did a good job) I casually asked the doctor if he'd ever stitched a face before. He responded that he does a lot of stitching (I knew that part) and he's done a lot of family members, scouts etc. haha, oh gosh.

So, Mike was very good about the whole thing. He didn't cry (I think he is actually incapable of crying). He said this will make him look cool because now he has 2 scars.

So, you'd think Mike would be at home today...recovering, but no...he's out golfing with a potential client. This could be a good client so Mike couldn't pass up the opportunity.

Hopefully we don't have to get stitches again any time soon.


Jill said...

Our wonderful Mike! I'm so sorry he got hurt! Our wonderful Angela! I'm so sorry she had to see her husband go through that! How traumatic. I am so proud of you both for your brave, adaptable natures. You deserve medals. Mike will have quite an impressive presence with his multiple scars. I'm thinking no one will want to mess with this guy! We love you both so much.

Daniel said...

Holy cow! That sounds horrible! Poor Angie!

Crystal said...

Poor Mike! I can't believe it happened again! Lock that boy up!

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Hannah said...

Unbelieveable! Sam is going to love this story because he knows how things can get on the racquetteball court. I'm amazed Sam's never gotten hit.

Just so you know, Dr Tashman (and OBGYN) is actually very proud of one C-section he did where he had to cut through a garfield tatoo...he successfully matched it back up when he stitched it. SO, the moral of the story is that there are some OBGYN's with major stitching talent. ha ha!

Runyon Family said...

Ouch! That looks like it hurts! Mike - Go big or go home doesnt apply to scars. Poor angela!

Keith A. Runyon said...

Jeez Mike......take it easy man. You are an old married man now. Angela says the scar will make you look older...tougher....so that's a good thing. What does the other guy look like?

Brooke said...

Poor Mike! It looks painful! Angela you are so brave! I don't think I could be in the same room when they were stitching him up!

I hope it heals well! and I agree, it will only make him look tougher and cooler.

Janner said...

Good grief, Mike! You are a full time job! We are amazed at your bravery, and at Angela's stunning composure through emergency situations. Glad that you are OK, Mike. Even though it makes a funny story, and you are so manly, we know that it still hurt. Take it easy, but watch out for cords and glass doors if you are playing video games while you are recovering.

Chanell Reichner said...

I guess Mike is finally going to have to give up his dream of being a male model...sorry Mike.

Cummards said...

No way! I think you should finish explaining how he got the fist set of stitches, ha. He's good at being in the right place at the right time..if you want to get huge cuts on your face. Hope he feels ok!

andrea.ponder said...

oh sick...leave it to Mike. :) Glad u survived.
PS Is Prison BReak worth getting addicted to?

becca said...

Is Mike actually suppressing a smile in those pictures? He was just excited to keep all his teeth. Easy to please.

Really, Mike, I appreciated the birthday present two years ago. Cleaning up bloody glass shards was memorable. It's really nice of you to give me a pre-Christmas present!

Williams Fam said...

Okay,I know you think these scars are manly Mike, but to go to such lengths.......!
Hehe-I can't believe he sat through those stitches!! I would have passed out!