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Other things are never funny

July 11, 2008
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Like spending the day in the emergency room with your youngest child, who did a faceplant on his bike and ended up with a concussion.  A CT scan ruled out a bleed, so he’s going to be okay – but we have to watch him closely for the next 48 hours.
The phone pic doesn’t do the color justice – he looks like he just got out of a boxing ring.  His eye is swollen shut and it is glowing a lovely shade of purple.  At least he’s in a good mood today.
What have we learned?
  1. Wear a helmet.  The nice ones are still cheaper than your ER copay.
  2. Life is fragile.
  3. Don’t mess around with head injuries.  Get to the ER pronto.  A pediatrician Katy works with says that too many folks think their kids are okay, then they develop a small bleed that leads to big problems.  He’s seen it a lot.
  4. Worry and fear are exhausting.  Katy and I were worn out once we got home, even though we spent most of the day sitting.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 13, 2008 6:05 am

    Hope the little one is feeling better today. What a scare! Hugs and prayers for all of you.

    Becca

  2. July 14, 2008 7:47 am

    Glad to hear things are okay. Must’ve been so scary, though. Hugs & prayers from here, too.

  3. July 14, 2008 8:46 pm

    OUCH! Have to say, though, that even with black eye and bruises, he’s a good looking kid.
    Glad he’s OK!

  4. July 16, 2008 12:01 pm

    He’s feeling a whole lot better now. He played baseball last night and went 2 for 3 with a double, a triple, a walk and a strikeout. NO dizziness, lightheadedness or nausea.

    And the black eye is almost gone. He still has that ugly bloody eye (the white part of his eye on one side of his iris is bright red) and that will take 3 weeks or so to clear up. Otherwise symptom-free.

    Thanks for your prayers, virtual hugs, and positive vibes.

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