Jake and Nathaniel have both struggled with fevers and coughs all week, and Nathaniel added vomiting to his repertoire night before last. He missed school yesterday and today and is currently at the doctor -- but none of that would have even been worth mentioning here because Life.
But Tuesday night. A simple trip to the shoe store turned into a little more than that.
Amelia took a hard fall while playing with Jake, and when she came up from the floor she looked like this:
Uh. Biggest hematoma I HAD EVER SEEN.
I have to give props to the teenage salesman at Show Carnival ... he was great. He ran and asked the store manager to call the paramedics and then came back and tried to talk to Amelia to keep her calm. He even brought her a sucker.
It didn't take the paramedics long to arrive, but Amelia wouldn't let them NEAR her. Even with me holding her, they couldn't get her vitals, so after about 15 minutes they insisted on an ambulance ride to the hospital. So Grayson came and picked the boys up and Amelia and I loaded up in the ambulance to head to Children's.
My little Klingon after being triaged.
After seeing a couple of nurses, the resident and the attending, all were in agreement that she was lucid and pleasant enough that she didn't seem to need a CT, but we needed to stay about four more hours for observation.
I observed that Amelia was still able to earn three stars on Angry Birds Pop even with a head injury.
She finally fell asleep around 10:30, and the attending came in about every 20 minutes or so to check on her for the next couple of hours.
I didn't hate this part of it.
We got home around 1:30 Wednesday morning, and later that night she was already showing signs of improvement.
Yesterday morning it was even better in terms of swelling.
And this morning, it's even better but the bruising has started to move down toward her eye so she's starting to look a little funky in that area. The doc said it will move down through her eye to her cheek to her jaw over the next couple of weeks, so we have a full rainbow face to look forward to.
Still, we're so grateful for the outcome. It could have been so much worse. So. Much. Worse.
Thank God for hard heads!