I received a call from home yesterday. A call from my 4+ year old son. In his panic voice he shouted:
HQ: Mama! Meimei fell down! Lots of blood everywhere! On her t-shirt, on her shorts, on the floor… EVERYWHERE!!! Mama, quickly come home!!!
And in the background I heard my mum yelling to the part-time maid to bring more handkerchiefs! Luckily I also heard QQ bawling her lungs out. (If there’s no crying, I’d have freak out)
HQ was also yelling on the phone, but I could not make out what he said in the midst of the chaos. My mind was speeding on the highway, imagining the worst…
Then the phone went dead…
I tried to dial back, but the line was engaged. After 3 tries, I gave up. I waited for about 10 minutes, which seemed like eternity, then Mum called me back.
Turned out that HQ slammed down the phone earlier to go and help his Popo. And the phone was not placed correctly.
Me: Is meimei alright?
Mum: I think so… (sounded more like “I hope so”)
Me: How did she fall?
Mum: She just woke up from her afternoon nap and walked to the living room. I went to get a cup of water for her when I heard her crying very loudly. I think she tripped and bit her upper lip. She bled soooooo much. Blood was everywhere! Her clothes and 3 handkerchiefs were soaked with blood!
So, HQ didn’t exaggerate…
Me: Is she ok now?
Mum: She has stopped crying, and the bleeding seemed to have lessened a lot. I think she’s okay.
Me: Do you think she needs stitches?
Mum: Hah? Don’t scare me ok! Aiyo… I don’t know whether she needs stitches or not! Let me see, let me see!
See? How not to panic?
After about 1 minute of mumbling and meimei protesting, Popo came back and reported:
Mum: Stopped bleeding already wor… I think no need to stitch gua…
Later that evening, when I got back from work, meimei came to the door and greeted me like usual. I saw that her upper lip was swollen, and the cut though deep didn’t need any stitching. Thank goodness! She being the champ, did complained that it’s painful to eat, but polished her meals and drank her milk like usual. No problems at all! And no fuss at all! What a brave little gal :-D.
This shot was taken this morning... the swell had reduced and can see that it's healing. (C) Lee Pei Yi. All rights reserved. originally published for boeyjoey.blogspot.com. All images and text cannot be republished without expressed written permission.