Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Fun Times

Can you guess what happens when you put this:
On this?
And employ this:
And this:as supervision?

YOU GET SOMETHING LIKE THIS:
Don't know yet? Let me help you.

That is Emma sleeping, in her favorite, most comforting Pooh bear blanket, me sitting in a row of kid size comfy chairs, complete with a sticker on my shirt identifying myself as Emma's parent.
WE ARE AT THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM.

Saturday night, we had a little barbecue with Ammon, Jillian and their kids (they were visiting), and some other friends. After eating, all the kids, and the dads, went to the park to play. Emma decided to go UP the slide (the wrong way) which isn't really a problem as long as someone is there to supervise. Halfway up the slide, (the slide she has gone up many, many times) Emma lost her footing and fell off. Onto her head.

Now, here's the thing: Emma is a pretty tough kid. I have seen her take some pretty nasty spills and she usually shakes it off within 5-10 minutes and goes on her way. That didn't happen this time.

As soon as she fell, she started crying, sobbing, wailing, what have you. Her eyes started rolling back in her head, like she was falling asleep. But she was still crying. So, we did what any good parents would do in this situation: We got out a flashlight and shined it in her eyes, trying to make sure her pupils were both dilating, blah blah blah. They were, and we thought she would be fine. After 30 minutes, she was still crying pretty hard, so we decided to call the nurse line with our insurance company. While we were on the phone with the nurse, Emma fell asleep, which I felt fine about since her eyes were fine, and she had been awake for a half hour since the incident. Until....Emma threw up. All over the place. At that point, the nurse on the phone said to take her to the emergency room. So we called our pediatrician...who said to do the same thing. We quickly set off for the hospital.

We got there, and after getting her all checked out, and having a CT scan as a precaution, we were told that she probably had a concussion, but nothing really to worry about.

This was my facebook status the following day: Trip to Scottish Rite Emergency Room, mandatory valet parking at ER, CT scan, concussion diagnosis, lots of stickers and one balloon-$77 copay

Knowing that Emma's head is okay, and then hearing her say, "So, this is why you don't want me to go up the slide the wrong way, right Mom?"-priceless!

11 comments:

Jillian said...

Okay, so knowing that everything turned out okay ... this post made me laugh. That picture of Ammon is hilarious! Grace was with me when I looked at it and after screaming "Emma!!!!" after seeing the first picture she saw the picture of Ammon and said, "That my Daddy? Daddy an amnal (animal)?" Too funny!

tammy said...

That sounds pretty scary. I'm glad she's okay, but dang! She learned her lesson, right?

Piglet de' Erin said...

NO Way! OH my word, I need to come out there and see you guys before anything else happens.

lisapenn said...

Great lesson. I need to show my kids this post! Unfortunately been there Too many times already.

Jordan and Laura said...

Well, that was kind of scary for awhile, wasn't it? I'm so glad she's okay. We were on the verge of having the ER room at our local hospital named after us . . . kind of a Hale memorial wing. Breaks, cuts, scrapes, sprains, concussions, etc. (all five of them). Kind of an
injuries 'r us family! It's always a little scary when it happens and a great relief when they're okay. Love ya, Sandra

Peggy said...

I'm glad your story had a happy ending!

Janel said...

I am so glad Emma's okay! That sounded pretty scary. But I love your post, the pictures you put of Ammon and Aaron are stinkin hilarious! We miss you guys!

Janel said...

I am so glad Emma's okay! That sounded pretty scary. But I love your post, the pictures you put of Ammon and Aaron are stinkin hilarious! We miss you guys!

Jordan and Laura said...

That post is too funny. Not the fact that Emma hurt herself, but the way you phrased things. I loved the pictures of Ammon and Aaron. Seeing as your kids are Hales, you might as well get used to the ER pretty quick. We spent a lot of time there as kids (and I guess as adults too).

Julee said...

Yikes! Happy it all turned out okay.

Merrick White said...

Hi Haley! Of course I remember you! I can't believe how big your kids have gotten...you had just found out you were pregnant with twins when you moved out of the ward and now they're over a year! It's fun to see an update...thanks for finding my blog...I'll definitely add yours to my reader!

Hope all is well with you too!