Monday, August 27, 2012

That "Oh No" Moment as a Parent

Thankfully Laci has had 5 years of no major incidents. I classify major things as ones that you have to call the ambulance for... She has this horrible habit of hurting herself before a big event. Let's re-cap, shall we?

Before her nap before her 2nd Birthday Party - Put her hand on a light bulb, yeah it was hot.... she burt the tar out her hand, and it was all wrapped up and bandaged for her party.

Bath before her nap for her 3rd Birthday Party - She slipped in the bathtub and got a fat lip... Luckily mom had bright red lipstick and no one could see.

Got super lucky and nothing happened for her 4th Birthday Party - Don't ask me, I seriously threatened to bubble wrap her for a couple days before.

Day before her 5th Birthday Party - Get a call from her school saying that her friend was hugging her from behind and that she fell forwards into a table when pulling away. Yup - nice knot on her head for that party.

So thus far it has been centered around birthdays. Nothing major, but not just birthdays anymore...

Day before school starts (yesterday) - We hear grunting up the stairs. I look over and see Laci's feet hanging off the first landing. Jake and I both rush up the first 1/2 of the stairs and Laci is still just kind of grunting (don't know how to describe it better than that). Her eyes are just staring at us and then kind of looking off. She couldn't speak or talk for what felt like 10 minutes, but was probably more like 1. Then she started saying one word leg then saying back. At that point I yelled for the family to call the 911 thinking that she might have hurt her back.

Over then next couple minutes we were talking to her and she started to slowly start talking a little more and was still saying that her back hurt. She finally started to follow our direction and wiggle her toes and her fingers. She also squeezed our hands. At that point I was relieved beyond belief, no major damage was done, but she was still saying her back hurt. We came to the conclusion right before the paramedics got there that she had knocked the wind out of herself when she fell.

When the paramedics got there, they checked her out and she started to sit up on her own. He said because she was saying that her back hurt on the side and not in the middle that there was no major damage (you know like with her spine). They suggested to take her and have her checked out anyways. At this point it was 4:30pm. Jake and I decided that because she was going to be up for a couple more hours that we would monitor her and then take her in if we needed to or if we saw a change in her behavior etc. we could call them back out.

One of the Paramedics gave Laci and my nephew a sticker. They were so nice and very polite! When they left I sat there just holding Laci for a VERY long time. She asked to take off her yellow power rangers outfit and then I saw the spot she hit, it was under her right sholder blade and was about a 2.5 inches wide red spot. That was where she said she was hurting.

I have had a couple of moments (all of the ones above) where I was like REALLY?!? But this was one that was terrifying. As Jake said after she went to bed, "I will NEVER for the rest of my life forget the look she had on her face at the beginning!" I never want to go through this feeling again. It was horrible.

This morning she was saying her back still hurt and we told her if she is still hurting that bad tomorrow afternoon we will schedule a dr's appt. But I am sure there is a nice bruse there from the fall. So off my little Kindergartener went on her first day of school.... She was a little upset that we were leaving, but I heard she did fine after we left.


So by all means, feel free to leave a comment and tell me your horror stories as a parent. Also please tell me that I am not the only one that wants to bubble wrap their child.



  1. Wow, that is terrifying. I can't imagine how scared you were. I'm glad everything was okay. Hopefully the worst she will have is a bruise. Glad she did okay after you left the school. Thankfully my kids haven't had attachment issues, I don't know if I could leave if they were screaming and freaking out. I hope the rest of your week is nice and uneventful!

  2. Luckily there has not been anything even approaching the scare we had when my older daughter Arden was just four days old. I had just taken a shower and was watching her sleep in her crib when she arched her back, stopped breathing and turned purple. I checked her for a blockage and then performed CPR and she began breathing again. She stopped breathing for a moment one more time so I gave her another couple of puffs of air and then she seemed fine. My husband was out walking the dogs and you'd think when he got home we'd have rushed right to the hospital, but we were so sleep deprived that it wasn't until his sister happened to call and we told her what had occurred and she said "so you're going to the hospital, right?" that we looked at each other and thought - "duh, we should go to the hospital". They admitted her and put her on an IV for mild dehydration and under the bili light for some jaundice, but they never could say what had happened. Even scarier to me was that they couldn't say whether she would have revived on her own if I hadn't been there to interve. Needless to say, it was months before I showered without Dave around to watch Arden.

  3. hello just wanted to say Laci is very pretty little girl =)

  4. Your daughter sure is a cutie! My son (who is 3 now) swallowed a screw when he was 2. He got lucky that it was a dull screw and didn't have to have emergency surgery to take it out. We had to go to the ER every day to see where it was in his belly and make sure it passed. Needless to say, he ate lots of raisins, juice, and anything else with fiber in it until know what the end result is. :) He has been my most "accident prone" child. Thank goodness he is my last of 3 boys! ;) Your newest follower from

  5. I know this post is a few months old now, but I have only just discovered you and wanted to share my story. (Really my sister's story) We got a call from her a few weeks ago telling us that her son had swallowed a coin and could feel it lodged in his throat. Fast forward three days, several x-rays and emergency surgery to remove a ten cent coin (Australian) that had indeed become lodged in his esophagus. It just makes me dread what I might have to encounter when My daughter gets a little older...


Your comments are Sew Stinkin' Cute!