Wednesday, February 23, 2011

{Life} A Little Bit of Crazy.

As you can probably tell by my lack of posting this past week, life has taken over. It is generally pretty busy in our neck of the woods with church stuff, schooling, etc... but this Winter has sort of handed us a double dose of crazy. Yesterday was a little example of this.

You may remember "K's " last emergency room episode only 1 month ago and then only two weeks ago, was stricken with the dreaded stomach bug. Poor kid has had a rough go of it in the sickness department this Winter.

One of my goals this year was to be more intentional about finding male friendships for my son. Most of the moms I know have young girls which is perfect for "A" but, not so much for "K". So, when we joined our homeschool Co-op I was happy to find out that there were boys his age and even a little older. Yesterday, we were invited to a birthday party for one of the boys at an ice skating rink in the City, "K" was beside himself with excitement. This was his first party he's been invited to since moving here. I was excited for him.

Long story short, one of my friends came over and hung out with "A" so I could take "K" to the party. This was only his second time ice skating and once he got out there, he seemed to do very well.
It was nearing the end where we were all getting ready to leave to go across the street to McDonald's to have lunch and cake and ice cream, and as we were getting ready to exit the happened.

I let him let go of my hand and he attempted to skate on his own for only about 5 seconds and..SMACK! He slipped, fell and hit his face on the ice. I'm sure you can guess the rest. I will spare you the details of this already wordy story.
Here he is in the ER wating ever so patiently for them to stitch him up. We arrived at the hospital around 12:30 and we didn't get a room until almost 4:30. Poor kiddo was a trooper. There was some screaming involved but, that was mostly for the cleaning and numbing.
There was a wonderful staff member whose title was Child Life Specialist. Her job was to inform and distract children during tough procedures such as stitching, surgeries, etc. She was wonderful. Her name was Hillary and I'm so thankful she was there. She gave "K" a game boy to play with while they stitched him up, and she walked him through everything.

Because he missed the rest of the party and lunch, on our way home we stopped at Wendy's and got him a burger and frosty. He was a happy guy. At 7pm and 3 stitches later, we arrived home.
Needless to say, he got a great night's sleep and so did I.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention that I fell as well and have a pretty banged up backside so, I'm kind of hobbling around today.

Here's to hoping Spring comes sooner than later!


Anik Milk said...

I hope he'll get well soon!

I've never heard about child life specialists. There aren't such specialists in my country and it's a real disadvantage.

G. said...

Thank You, Anik. I had never heard of Child Life Specialists either until we moved here, it is a really neat profession. Thanks for visiting my blog!