Hadley keeps us on our toes. She is the youngest and has been to the hospital the most. Her most recent escapade happened on Friday night. She was jumping off the stair doing "Kung Fu Ninja Warrior" kicks onto the cheer mat that she placed upright. She was jump kicking it and trying to knock it over. I had just seen her do this and had told her to stop. But, apparently what I say goes in one ear and out the other.
About 5 minutes later, I am making dinner and Frank had just walked into the door when we heard a loud crash. Frank drops everything, swoops her up and Ellie has a rice bag from the freezer in her hands in less than a blink of an eye. But it looked really bad. After flying in the air she fell back and hit her head on the bottom stair. Our stairs are wood. OUCH. She was out of it...and her head was swelling quickly. She can count to 100 very easily and when we asked her to count to 20 she said she couldn't. She said she was really tired. It looked like she had a *twinkie* under her skin, so off to the ER she went. The doctors said they weren't concerned about a concussion as much as they were afraid she had a skull fracture. She had her first CT scan.
And thankfully she was home a few hours later. The doctor said she is lucky and it's just a "humongous bruise on her skull" not a fracture. He told us to sleep with her and keep our eye on her. I kept waking up to check on her and every time she had her hands holding her head. Poor girl.
It's hard to tell how bad it is in a picture....but you can kind of see the left side of the twinkie in this picture...the red bruise is in the middle.
The swelling is going down. I was so glad she was okay. And I was hoping that it was a lesson learned. But I'm not so sure. Yesterday my Dad was telling her how she needs to listen to me, because I want her to be safe and that is why I had told her not to do it. Otherwise she may have to go to the hospital again. She looked at him with a completely straight face and said, "Why? The hospital wasn't bad...they didn't hurt me there or anything." Clearly she has learned her lesson?!?!?!?!
Hopefully that was our last ER trip.
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