Ever have one of those weeks that doesn't go like you expected? So far, that's been my week. It was sort of hijacked this weekend when Sweet Pea had a horseback riding accident. She was bucked from her horse, landed on her back and the horse's hoof landed on her right side.
What was supposed to be a relaxing night at home turned into a 6 hour stint in the emergency room followed by a night's stay on the pediatric floor of the hospital. Sweet Pea has 2 broken ribs (one is displaced), a bruised lung and a very nasty scrape across her side and back but she is at home and recovering nicely.
The emergency room staff was fantastic and very thorough. They were great with SP, trying to make her as comfortable as possible while they ran test after test to make sure she didn't have internal injuries (which also meant no pain meds for those first 6 hours). They did let her see her xrays and the tech even went out of his way to wheel her into the office so that she could see the pictures from her cat scan. The fact that every time she moved she got nauseous from the pain didn't make anyone happy but for awhile they were very worried they were going to have go in and repair something. They ended up keeping us overnight because of some blood pooling in her chest cavity but she didn't develop any breathing problems and in the morning her chest xrays came back clear so they sent us home.
She's in some serious pain and every single motion hurts. However, my tough girl was highly disappointed when the doctor told her she needed to stay home from school all week. She was seriously hoping she could go back yesterday. Between you and me, I think she's looking forward to the attention she's going to get from her friends. She's definitely in the bored phase of recovery which is compounded by the fact that she can't get comfortable.
All of us are getting through this week one day at a time. It was one of the scariest moments of my life but I can absolutely say that we're all going to survive which is the most important thing. I now have an increased appreciation for anyone who works as a nurse or doctor in the emergency room. Let me take this moment to say thanks!
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