Stitches - Or Surgical Sutures

Anyone can need stitches/sutures

"Mrs. Craig, your son needs stitches." or, "Mrs. Craig your daughter's wound requires suturing." Either way you're not happy and your son or daughter is certainly not happy. However, it does happen and probably more with boys than girls due to their inquisitive natures. Regardless, stitches or surgical sutures are they are properly called, can happen to anyone at any time. Like when you husband was cutting the meat and the knife slipped?

The word suture means join and that is what surgical sutures/stitches do, they join together the edges of the skin that's been opened. Different types of suture are used; different styles, different threads, different needles...all depending on the size of the wound.

Now that we have the serious introduction out of the way, I have written a poem about stitches. Seems my grandson just had his first stitches which brought these thoughts to mind.

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Poem About Stitches

They're sometimes called stitches, sometimes they're called sutures
But surely they effect the little one's futures
That needle and thread that's pulled through their head
As mothers watch on with deepening dread.

A fall or a bump that makes a deep cut leaving a terrible wound
No time to panic, no time to falter, mother must stay right in tune
For the wound must be cleaned so the doctor can glean
What he must do to this little one's bean.

Once the cut is assessed and the child is possessed
Of the shot that the doctor allots
The doctor will choose which needle and thread
Is the size that is needed to put in this head.

For there are many sizes and types you can see
That are made for this reason, a head or a knee
It seems that the stitches are made for the pitches
Regardless of what the little one wishes.

They're made thick and thin so they can go in
Pulling together that loosening skin
Bringing it tighter so it heals no more wider
And Mom won't be left all nervous and hyper.

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There is no more catgut its nylon they use
To help them to heal, those cuts and that bruise
Without leaving behind a trail you can see
Which makes mother happy as happy can be.

They sometimes use glue instead of that nylon
But that's something that you must keep a close eye on
If the cut is too deep the glue, it won't work
And the doctor could look like a terrible jerk.

So the right needle and thread the doctor must choose
And make sure there is nothing left that can ooze
The wound is all closed securely and tight
Making sure that the stitches are fine and just right.

Now you can take your little one home
Making sure for a while he doesn't fall on his dome
Keeping him safe and not letting him fall
Because you must watch the stitches and all.

Have you learned anything from reading this poem
It surely is quicker than reading a tome
But remember the stitches you get will remain
And for a few days they will cause him some pain.

Very soon you will see they'll go out of sight
And all of your worry will end in a night
Remember things happen there's nothing to do
When accidents happen its no blame to you.

How to Remove Stitches

This poem was for your enjoyment though there is nothing enjoyable about having stitches. They are sometimes necessary and the doctor will choose the needle and thread necessary for your particular case. Of course you will have to keep the stitches dry for a few days but then life gets back to normal. In three to six days, depending on the location of the stitches, you can have them removed. However, I am a firm believer we need to see the humorous side in everything (and be thankful it wasn't worse). My grandson and his stitches are doing fine!

I hope you enjoyed this little journey into stitches. Please feel free to vote and leave comments.

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Loved the poem Mary! I had to be stitched back together more than once as a kid and young adult; been stitch-free for gosh, twenty years now. Crossing my fingers as I write this. :)


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Loved grandma's poetry. I saw you choosing the words thinking just of that grandson. Don't know if the pain is shared when you both look at each one under that rain. Sutures have been in our own lives. Hurt our pride, but we had to abide by the doctor's indications... oh my! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful poetry from Maria's heart!


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia

I too was frequently stiched back together tillsontitan, summertime was the time for weekly ER visits for my family. Enjoyed this poem! Voted up and awesome!


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Jackwms 4 years ago

Just beautiful, Mary. It's a different subject than usually put into poetry. I'll try to remember it if and when I or any of my friends or family go in for sutures. We can't seem to escape it at some point, although staples were used instead in my last two surgeries.

Very good hub.


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Glad it was a minor kind of wound! I have had stitches, and should have had some when I didn't get them once or twice. It is best to be checked out, leaves less scarring. This was a poetic way to look at it.

Well done too!


cleaner3 4 years ago

kind of strange topic for poetry , but it just goes to show that you can write a poem about anything.!! nice!!


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Ugh. I think everyone in my family, including the horses, have their fair collection of stitches. The worse was my horse, smoke. He was running from a bear and went through a barbed wire fence to the tune of 182 stitches. :( In a way, I'm glad I wasn't there for that, I think I would have passed out. The pictures were bad enough. Love the humor in this! Great job of finding the funny in a most dreadful situation. :) VUMS!


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jhamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

Excellent poetry about a procedure that most try to forget. Thank you for sharing. Jamie


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Bill there aren't many that escape stitches! Glad you like my poem.

Joseph & Maria you always see the grandmother in me...so glad you liked it.

Weestro thanks for the comment and the vote.

Jack, I think anything can be put into a poem...gotta keep smiling. I appreciate your compliment.

Xstatic, always nice to see you. I figured most could related to stitches.

Michael, the more you know me the more you know I'll try anything...this poem is living proof.

TT I can't even imagine 182 stitches. . . that poor horse! I think I would've passed out with you. Every situation calls for a lighter side, but then, you of all people know that. Thanks for the vote.

jhamann, thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment.


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Mary,

Awesome jobe here! You made the horrible idea of stitches a very hilarious read! Thanks for the laugh this afternoon! Much appreciated Mary! :)


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Hope your grandson is recuperating by now! That must have been a very frightful experience for him. My four children made it through childhood with NO stitches, for which I was grateful.

Great poem you did here.

I voted this UP, Mary


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Til...This is a fun read, stitches and all........I lost count of sutures, after each fall.......Four boys....oh good grief.......I knew Doctor, lawyer and Indian Chief. One stepped on some glass, his brother fell on his A**.....and one shot a Bee-bee right through his toe!

They get it from me....I'm clumsy as heck......slipped on the ice, nearly breaking my neck........

You can write something cute and interesting about anything, GF....I told you that! Stitches and sutures? Who'd have ever thunk it? UP++++


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

I know where you're coming from GF, I had four but only two were boys and they were enough ;) Broken arms, stitches, you name it! Glad you like my twisted sense of humor ;)


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Josh, always happy when I can make you laugh!

Mary you are lucky, NO stitches..that's almost a miracle! Glad you liked my poem.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, lol! what a great poem! it kept me in stitches! (groan) sorry! lol! I remember having stitches for various ops and cuts, in fact I have a large scar on my side that looks like train tracks! haha! they always say never look at the stitches as they are done because it will hurt more, don't worry I don't by this time I have usually chewed my nails to the bone!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Ah, Nell...glad the 'stitches' this time were happy ones. Always appreciate your stopping by and your light hearted comments! Thank you.


ExoticHippieQueen 4 years ago

Enjoyed your little sidetrip into poetry while explaining about sutures. Very creative and useful as well!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thank you for the great comment ExoticHippieQueen. I love to take side trips ;)


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old albion 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi tillsontitan. An absolute delight. Such a long poem and the whole hub works beautifully.

Voted up and more.

Graham.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

I appreciate your comment and vote Graham. Glad you stopped by.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Surgical stitches have never been done on my body, and I wish I will never need that. I enjoyed reading your creative work!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Vinaya, I hope you never do! Thanks for the compliment.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Mary - Quite a topic - stitches - and quite a poem. Wish I had had this when my three rambunctious boys (21 months apart both times) were growing up, falling down, playing with sharp tools, and...getting stitches! Think I will forward this to my daughters in law to help them when next the grand-children need stitches. :) Very nice. ~~~ Theresa


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Theresa....I figure if we can't smile (when its over) then we're in trouble! I hope it helps your daughters-in-law!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

You had me in stitches Mary. Fun poem loved reading it. Incidentally, I had my molar extracted and had to have a couple of stitches in my gums which have to be removed today.

Voted up, funny and interesting.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

So glad you enjoyed my little poem Rajan, but sorry to hear about your stitches! Hope it heals quickly.


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Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi tillsontitan ... an awesome name and a pleasure to have found you that Billybuc... Stitches are a part of life for some of us. The battle scars are many but what is interesting there is s story attached to each. The main characters were the parents that took us to be repaired. They are the heros...

Hugs from Canada


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

How nice to meet you Rolly! I'm glad you found me and enjoyed this hub. Yes, I know each stitch has its own story and memory. Have a good one!


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Peter Geekie 4 years ago from Sittingbourne

Dear tillsontitan

Thank you - I'm not normally into poetry but I did get the "point"

Kind regards Peter


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Well said Peter!


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Up, awesome and funny. I really didn't see the hub heading that way, but very clever ... you have a talent there!

Shared, up, pinned and tweeeeeted.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Ouch to any pain! Fabulous poem :)

I've never had stitches and would prefer never to have them.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

SS may you continue your lucky streak ;) I've never had them either.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Hi Mary. What a humorous take on such a routine part of living. Cute poem. It had me in stitches. (groan) Not everyone has had stitches but most will know someone who has. I was surprised after my appendectomy a couple of years back that they used dissolving stitches and glue. So different than the old days. Tiny scars. Now, the hubby had Spinal Fusion at 3 vertebrae and that is one big honking scar. Yipes.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Love your sense of humor. Things have changed but certain surgeries still require stitches. Hope your hubby is doing well after his surgery.

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