What a week it’s been thus far. Yesterday was supposed to be a great fun day of visiting friends and instead turned out to be something much, much different. We drove an hour and a half to Raleigh to visit my friend Marin and her son, Ian. The boys were excited, I was excited, and we were ready to have fun! After we got there, we’d been there about 15 minutes I guess, Iain and Ian went outside to play. The next thing we know, Iain is crying like crazy and he runs in the house crying that he can’t see. What?? Apparently, Iain has attempted to straighten a line, like a clothesline, in their backyard by propping a broomstick-type thing against it and climbing up the stick. The stick rolled off the line and Iain crashed head-first into the ground. He was freaking out, I was freaking out. It was not a good scene. Marin, bless her heart, was trying to make Iain comfortable but that just wasn’t happening so we decided to head out of there and call the doctor on the way back to Greensboro.
Whoa, it’s only Wednesday??
In the car, the nurse asked me some questions about Iain’s condition and, at that point, she said he should be ok but with a head injury it’s important to be watchful. She also said he might throw up once but shouldn’t throw up more than that and to call immediately if that happens. Well, we were almost all the way home when Iain threw up the first time. He felt better right away so I thought we were out of the woods. Unfortunately that was not the case. Once we got inside, he started screaming that his head was hurting so bad and he felt sick again. I called the doctor and they told us to come in right away.
Once we arrived, Iain went into the waiting area and was writhing in pain from the intense headache that he had. He still felt nauseous, too. We didn’t have to wait too long to get called back although it certainly felt like an eternity. The doctor was awesome. He wasn’t our regular doctor but he was fantastic with Iain. So kind and comforting, and unbelievably gentle when Iain threw up in the room. Love this doctor. He checked Iain’s neurologic functions and his blood pressure and they were all good so he said to just go home, keep an eye on him, and let him sleep. He gave me a list of things to watch for and said to call back if I had any concerns whatsoever.
We got home and Sean was there. God, I was so glad he came home from work and it made Iain feel so special, too. We spent the rest of the day tending to Iain, he threw up a total of 6 or 7 times. Scary that a head injury can do that. The doctor called around 7 to check on Iain and he said he felt like Iain was going to turn the corner and be feeling well very soon. Sure enough, around 8:30pm, it was like a switch came on and Iain was feeling like his old self. It was beautiful and weird at the same time! We were SO relieved that he was going to be ok as it had been a harrowing afternoon.
Here is a photo of the patient, lying on the sofa, nibbling on a cracker with the barf bowl by his side. By this time he was feeling much better.
I have to tell you, there was a lot of guilt in my heart yesterday. I felt so bad that I hadn’t been outside with him because certainly had I seen him attempt to climb on that wooden stick, I would have stopped him from doing it. He suffered a major injury because I was not there and that is a hard pill to swallow. I know you can’t protect them from everything but in hindsight it seems like the prudent thing would have been to be outside with them.
Anyway, we still hope to be able to visit with our friends again. I don’t think we’ll be traveling in the car anytime soon because Iain gets carsick and the doctor said that certainly didn’t help things. Keep your fingers crossed that he doesn’t get airsick when we fly to Disneyworld in a couple of weeks! Hopefully the rest of the week will go a little more smoothly than it has!
Be well everyone!