Yep - little pink is down. Last Sunday, after heading out on a family bike ride, she zoomed just a little bit fast down a big hill and ended up speed wobbling herself to a broken knee, busted thumb and some serious bitcherman body rashes. Two nights in hospital, two and a half hours of surgery and a whole lot of TLC later she is now resting up on the couch watching Barnyard for the fourth time in a row.
For me it was one of those surreal experiences in life. One minute I was enjoying the feeling of rolling down a hill with the wind blowing in my hair and the next I was running towards a screaming bloodied child lying on the road under her bike. Not exactly the ending we had planned for our relaxing Sunday afternoon – but nonetheless one we had to deal with. After carrying her home and watching her knee swell to twice its normal size we headed off to emergency - thinking they would bandage her up and send her home with some pain killers. Six hours, five x-rays and a cat-scan and some emergency room assessments later we were told the ligament in her knee had pulled off and broken her knee bone in the process and that it would need surgery to fix it. Not really the type of news you expect to hear about your five year old daughter!
Thankfully, she doing well. Being that she has one leg and one hand out of action she is pretty limited and it looks like she’ll be wheelchair bound for up to six more weeks. For now the TV is getting an extra good workout (did I say we’re watching Barnyard for the fourth time in a row!!!) and she is enjoying all of the fuss from her big sisters and friends.
It’s times like these you realise just how good community is. From the wonderful nurses at Ballarat Health Services paediatrics Unit and Theater to the family and friends who have been dropping in with presents, offers of help and meals. Despite the stress and difficulties that come with little pink being down I am feeling really blessed and aware of how good it is to belong to a strong local community.
Things will no doubt be a little slower, than the normal slow state of affairs, around here for a few weeks. Squeezing study in around my day and night nursing duties will be keeping me pretty busy. (I’ve been sleeping on a mattress on the floor beside her bed and my back is already complaining!) But somehow I think the real challenge will come when she fully regain her well-being and I have to keep her off her feet and stop her using her right hand!
Have you had an incapacitated little person? What did you do to keep them amused?