Thursday, September 02, 2010

Drama & Trauma

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!

Instigator

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13 comments:

Cheryl said...

How sorry I am that SP got injured! I hope she recovers swiftly! We are all sending you our prayers and best wishes!

Linda Winstead Jones said...

Oh, no! Hope SP feels much better soon. How scary for everyone. :-/

Jean Hovey said...

Oh, so sorry and so glad it wasn't more serious.

Melanie Dickerson said...

Oh wow! That is some serious drama and trauma. So thankful she's going to be okay. That had to be a heart-hitting-the-pit-of-your-stomach kind of moment, and then some.

Sherry Werth said...

Oh poor baby!! I hope she is feeling much better now. And you too! I know that terrifying feeling all too well. We got our daughter a new car on Monday (used but new to her) and yesterday someone hit her on the driver's rear side. She called me screaming and crying and I thought I would have a heart attack before I could get to her. Luckily she wasn't hurt and the car can be fixed.
I haven't met Sweet Pea yet but give her a hug for me anyway! :-)

Instigator said...

Thanks everyone! :-) She's doing pretty good this morning.

Sherry, I'm so sorry your daughter (and you) had to go through that! And I'm glad to hear she wasn't hurt.

Instigator

Playground Monitor said...

It's awful when your kids get hurt and you can't take away the pain. Both of mine had facial cuts that required stitches and the older one spent a week in the hospital on intravenous antibiotics after stepping on a rusty nail. But they heal quickly thank goodness. I know how scary it is. Hope Sweet Pea is feeling better soon.

PM's Mother said...

I am so sorry to learn of your daughter's accident. I know what it is like to have a child hurt. PM did not have any serious accidents, but her younger sister had enough for both of them -- four stitches over the eye and a tooth knocked out by the time she was four years old. It is the busy ones that get hurt! I hope SP recovers soon.

robertsonreads said...

Oh, poor baby and mom too. I hope you both are doing better. Did the doctor give you something to take? Hang in there.

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Ally said...

Awww, poor dear. I remember those days well and have the scars to prove it. My horse was a little on the wild side and he liked to throw me (or try to) at every opportunity. One time he threw me straight underneath him and he stepped on my head before galloping off... maybe that explains.... nah, nevermind. Lucky I was wearing a helmet. I'm sure SweetPea wishes her ribs were wearing a helmet. Hope she recovers soon (and gets back on a horse...even just to conquer any fears she - and yes, momma - might have.)

Angel said...

When Drama Queen broke both her wrists at the same time, and after the pain phase, she actually did enjoy the attention. She loves to talk to people, and it gave her something to start conversations with. :) Like the bright pink cast and black splint weren't a dead giveaway.

Hugs to SP. Hope she recovers as quickly as possible.

Angel

catslady said...

I hope she is well soon. There is nothing worse than feeling helpless when your child is hurt or sick.

Problem Child said...

Poor Sweet Pea. Poor you, too.

AC has been very concerned...