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Fun in the ER
8/30/2013 9:17:32 AM by: pam

I'm tired and frustrated today. No different than any other day, right? But this is a special kind of tired. It's "we've had another trip to the ER" kind of tired.

Anna loves to stand. She stands at the front door and looks out the window. She stands by me at the computer desk. She stands in the kitchen doorway. She stands next to the piano. She loves to stand! But what she doesn't understand is how dangerous it is for her. We tell her to SIT DOWN all the time – and she does. But then she stands right back up again.

ARGH!

Last night around 830pm, she was standing by the front door and I said, "Sit down, Anna." Before I could get up and make her sit down, she had a seizure, fell, and hit her head on the TV stand. Blood on the carpet and on my hands and Daryl was just getting home from the store. We held a towel on the gash and waited for the seizure to stop so we could assess how bad it was. You can never tell with head wounds because they always bleed a lot.

We decided she needed to be looked at, so off to the ER we went. The first hospital we went to had a fully packed waiting room. We knew we'd be there all night. Even though it was the hospital where her records are and where her neurologist and our family doctor have practicing rights, we made the decision to try another hospital. The last trip there was 5 hours and there were only 3 people in the waiting room that time.  So, we headed back home to our local hospital where we were taken right in.

The doctor and staff were great with Anna, who had no clue what had happened or what was going on. She enjoys the hospital beds and having a TV on the ceiling to watch. Crazy kid. The fun began with four of us holding her down to get the area numbed. Anyone who has had this done knows how painful it is.

And it was. Poor Anna winced and struggled and cried out, but we had to keep holding her and trying to comfort her. Getting the staples in was easy because she didn't feel it. All in all, we were there a little less than two hours. Back home and in bed by midnight.

So far this morning, I've had to tell her five times to sit down.

It's going to be a long day.

 


Comments

pam From At 8/31/2013 6:47:16 AM

I do want things to be different. Always. Every day. That never changes. If I could do it all over again, I definitely would not want to do this. Sounds harsh, I know, but there you have it. I mean, who actually WANTS their child to have these problems? Know what I mean?

Ellen Snyder From Downingtown, PA At 8/30/2013 6:45:58 PM

Sounds like you could have used some of that numbing gel yourself. Pam, God has tremend. faith in you both to have given you this child. I know you wish things were diff. for Anna and yourselves, but just like my own special sit., I am learning things that I prob. wouldn't have otherwise. Praying.

pam From At 8/30/2013 2:46:52 PM

Thanks, Pastor Mike - I miss you all more than I can say.

Mike Schuelke From Fairton, NJ At 8/30/2013 11:31:57 AM

Pam, Daryl, sorry you had to feel this kind of tired, again. We miss you and will continue to pray for your precious family. BTW-I thought the blog on God's will was very good. Keep writing.

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