Surprisingly, when I picked him up he was totally calm and happy. We hung out in his room in the ER while we waited to see the doctor. Here Ben is showing off his ouchie. Unfortunately, you can't really see it because it is on the very bottom of his lip, and his lip was too swollen.
The doctor and assistant wrapped him up like a mummy and then secured him to a board (for lack of a better term) and taped his head to it, then the assistant held Ben's head down for the doctor. Ben was okay for all of this. But when they stuck that needle straight into the cut on his lip (twice) to numb it, all hell broke loose. Ben screamed. And screamed. He got three stitches. His screams sounded so sad, due to the sedative. He made these strange hiccuping noises and it was heartbreaking for me. I just stood by his feet and rubbed his leg, trying to comfort him.
He did not stop screaming until he eventually fell asleep in the car on the way home, his lip swollen and whitish blue.
I took him to the store to get some popsicles, but he spotted BBQ potato chips and asked for those. Of course, I could not resist. (He had a small cut inside his lip too, and he kept licking it, as you can see here.)
He gets his stitches out Wednesday. Fingers crossed that it goes better than when he got the stitches put in.