I have frequently joked that with our boys being so physical we are probably going to have a "frequent flyer" card to the ER. Well today our card got its first punch and it was a doozey!
Case was jumping on the couch and fell off onto the hardwood floor, which is on a slab so he might as well have landed on concrete. I was in the kitchen when it happened and all I heard was the ground getting smacked with what I could only assume was someone's hands. As a mom you hear a thud and then you hold your breath waiting for a cry. It came. And came and came. Case usually gets over stuff pretty quick and when Popsicles and suckers couldn't calm him down I knew we were in trouble. I called the pediatrician who called back much quicker than usual, another worrisome sign. They said the fact that he was laying his head on me and didn't leave my lap meant I needed to take him to the ER. I loaded both boys up and off we went... Very fast! I called Wayne on the way and he left work and came right to the hospital. Imagine my relief as I corralled one uninjured 17 month old and one injured but not acting like it almost 3 year old in the ER where I'm pretty sure Ty touched his sucker to every germy surface in the joint and then stuck it back in his mouth. I think he even dropped it on the floor once and back in his mouth it went because I only have 2 hands and couldn't stop him in time.
|The impact was on the top middle of his forehead so you can imagine|
why I got scared when his eye started swelling almost immediately
Neither happened. Instead three docs came in at different times to look at the swelling around his eye because they were on the fence about doing a CT Scan. After the third doc they thought they better do one.
They let me stay with him during the scan and he did amazing, especially for having missed his nap and us having already been there for 3 hours. They said he did better than most adults. I was shocked because I was pretty sure it was going to be a disaster. I am amazed by his faith in Mommy and the fact that he didn't even know to be scared because I was right beside him. What an awesome gift God has given this mommy and little boy today. If only I could live every moment with faith like that!
More waiting and the doc came in and confirmed a skull fracture. My heart sank. She explained that it was a large fracture but not displaced so she didn't think he would need surgery but they wanted him to be transported to Riley Children's Hospital for observation overnight. I lost it but she was so kind in explaining that he would be fine and even shared her own kid falls horror stories.
So Case, who couldn't have been more excited, prepared for his first ambulance ride.
|These ladies were so nice and found stickers and a stuffed animal|
for the ride.
He didn't really get to experience his first (and hopefully last) ambulance ride because he fell asleep immediately. He was SO tired!
Grandma and Daddy were waiting for us at Riley. Grandma had already raided the gift shop. Shortly after we got there Tracey came. Now if you've been following along she and her family had been living in the UK for the past few months and she literally just got home about 3 hours before she came to the hospital. I'm sure that is EXACTLY what she wanted to do when she got home. Case was SO happy to see her though and so was I!
We had to go through the ER and wait
They finally sent us to a room after that. The ER is not so nice but the rooms are amazing! Wayne brought everything I asked him to bring for Case and then some and without a mention from me he brought every single item I would need for the night. I couldn't help but be overwhelmed with what a blessing he is when I had my glasses, contacts case and solution, toothbrush, and jammies. It just hit me that he knows me better than anyone and better than I think he does. He is the perfect man for me and such an amazing Daddy!!! I love you Baby!
Now I'm sitting in a recliner looking at my little man's chest going up and down and all I can do is thank God that my baby is the healthiest one on this floor.
|This is the "bubble" he slept in. Let me tell you how much I wish I|
could take this thing home! No risk of falls here!
Case didn't fall asleep until about 12:30 or 1 this morning. I was surprised it took him that long because I knew he was exhausted but it had been a crazy night so I think he just had trouble settling down. He didn't seem to sleep super sound until about 6 this morning and of course that's when the docs started rounding and nurses started coming in to take vitals. Most of them were great about letting him sleep as best they could.
|This is what he looked like this morning. The swelling didn't seem|
any worse but the bruising sure did!
|They came and asked him what kind of toys he likes then got those toys out for when we got to the playroom. Amazing!|
After all the doctors came and went and the nurses checked him they released him at about 1:30, almost exactly 24 hours from the fall.
|Headed home with my little raccoon!|
We have follow up appointments scheduled with the opthamologist and the neurosurgeon so I will be sure and update after those. In the meantime we truly appreciate prayers for our little man!!!