Does your kid need stitches? Demand a plastic surgeon.
Vivian Manning-Schaffel: A few years back, my pal Erin's daughter Lucie was playing at a park with my son. Soon after we left, Lucie took a hell of a fall, leaving her mom in a hell of a panic.
"By the sheer force of the impact, her cheek split wide open along the jawline," says Erin. "I knew right away she needed stitches."
While waiting for an ambulance to arrive, she made a few calls to family members in the medical profession, who tipped her off about requesting a plastic surgeon so Lucie wouldn't have a scar on her face. "I wouldn't have known that otherwise," Erin says.
Turns out, upon arrival at the emergency room, she was told her daughter could get stitched up immediately by the ER doc on duty, or they could wait an hour for the plastic surgeon, who was on his way.
"We opted to wait," Erin explains. "And if a plastic surgeon wasn't an option, I know for sure I would've fought for it. I heard the guy had a great reputation, so that made me feel good. And I felt that, even if Lucie ended up with a scar, I did everything I could to keep that from happening. Kids have perfect, beautiful little faces without any blemishes. For girls especially, a scar on her face is a very big deal. I would prefer not to have the scars that I have."
Today, Lucie's scar can barely be seen by the naked eye, and thanks to Erin's diligence in applying Mederma, the reminder of her fall is fading fast.
So dear readers, take a tip from my girl Erin. If your child ever needs stitches, you have every right to ask for a plastic surgeon. Speak up -- and save face!
|Vivian Manning-Schaffel has written for Babble, Parenting, The Advocate, The New York Post, Business Week and a variety of other publications and lives and works in the heart of breeder Brooklyn with her husband and two kids. She authors two pop culture blogs: The Mad Mom and A Hag Supreme, and is on the web at vivianmanningschaffel.com.|