Danny’s Third Visit to a Paraguayan ER

While looking out the front window, Danny and Patrick had a difference of opinion about who should stand where.  Being little boys, they tried to solve their disagreement with violence. 

Danny gave Patrick a forceful shove and Patrick retaliated by whacking Danny on the head with a pair of binoculars from a Chick-Fil-A kids’ meal.  (Note – the binocs are from our California days, sadly there’s no Chick-Fil-A in Paraguay.)  The curved edge of the binoculars cut Danny’s head open, leaving a deep two-inch gash that immediately started bleeding heavily. 

Danny and I (and his stuffed animals “Poopy” and “Poopy’s Mommy”) headed to the Emergency Room where one of the Embassy nurses met us.  It was about 90° outside and the air conditioning at the hospital wasn’t working.  Thankfully we didn’t have to wait long. 

The doctor numbed Danny’s head and then, to restrain Danny, two assistants wrapped a blanket around him and his stuffed animals.  They held the blanket tightly while a third assistant held Danny’s head still.  Due to excessive thrashing from the patient, the doctor stopped after two stitches although he had said four stitches would be better. 

We don’t have Paraguayan health insurance so we had to pay cash for the services rendered.  It was about $90 for the hospital fees and $15 for two prescriptions. 

With Danny’s head all stitched up and Patrick having demonstrated sufficient levels of remorse for Danny’s injury, we all went to a bowling birthday party that afternoon. 

Patrick and Danny had never been bowling before and had a great time learning.    

Kevin snuggled with the visiting grandmas of the two birthday boys and took a good nap. 

One week later, we took a less-than-enthusiastic Danny to the Embassy Health Unit to have his stitches removed.   

Hopefully we won’t be back to the Emergency Room any time soon!

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