Thursday, May 30, 2013

Tough as Nails

Yesterday was a really bad day for Callie. If being bit by the dog the day prior wasn't enough to start. Callie in her ever adventuring and wandering off, went out the deck door without my mom seeing her and the baby gate was not up on the deck. Callie fell down the 3 stairs to the cement landing. She hit her head and got a pretty bad gash and was immediately screaming. I rushed home from work and we took her to Children's Hospital ER to get checked out. Juan met us at the ER. She wasn't crying the whole ride therea or whle waiting even though she had blood dripping down her face. The doctor was concerned about the size of the hematoma on her forehead and bruising so we needed to have a CT scan to be sure she didn't have a skull fracture or any brain bleeding. The bad news was that she ate just before she fell so we had to wait for 6 hours until she could be sedated for her CT and stitches. We had a hard time entertaining her in a tiny room we had and the doctor didn't want her walking around at all and she could not eat or drink. It was terrible and makes you feel hopeless just waiting and you cannot do anything. I kept reminding myself that as a professional I knew she looked really good and I didn't see anything that made me think she would have a serious head injury but still it was nerve racking and stressful. Callie was a champ and was tough the whole time we were at the hospital. She played peek a boo behind her curtain and played with my cell phone until it was almost dead. She was a ham trying to play with the nurses and staff and even the kid next to us with the broken arm. She took these photos while we were playing.
Finally when she was able to be sedated she had her CT scan and then we brought her to the OR area for them to stitch her up. We had to wait in the lobby area while they stitched her and it was only 35 minutes but it seemed like an eternity waiting without her in our arms. When we saw her she was awake sitting up and bandaged up. She got 4 dissolvable stitches covered in steri strips. The head CT turned out great and within 20 minutes of getting her stitches we were able to go home. They did give her antibiotics due to the dog bite in her hand, thanks a lot Manny :( It was extremely stressful and even though I was pretty sure she would be ok I couldn't help but second guess. There was a risk of allergic reaction with the anesthesia but luckily she did fine. Even with the anesthesia she was still hungry and wanted to eat and had a full dinner when she got home. I slept in her room on the floor just to be extra sure she was ok through the night.
Today she woke up and was acting like usual Callie. Besides the steristrips on her forehead she looks and is acting like her usual self. I stayed home from work to be with her and make sure she was ok.
To make sure she had a fun day for once this week and because GiGi was feeling so bad about what happened we took her to Toy R Us and let her pick out a bunch of toys! She got an Elmo car ramp, car duplo blocks, and some bubble toys. That store was like heaven for her.
We also took her out for lunch, frozen yogurt and bought her new summer sandals. GiGi was really feeling terrible about this happening while she was watching her, but I know how easy it is to lose track of her and it was an accident. Recently at home I found her climbing the stairs to my room and at the graduation party someone left the door open and Callie nearly fell off the front porch. We are just extremely thankful that while it was a stressful event she is fine besides a small boo boo. I feel blessed that she came out as unscathed as she did considering what happened. I can't help but think that Grandpa Nacho and Grandma and maybe even her other family angels were up there looking out for her somehow. We forgive GiGi and still love her very much. I love this little girl who is tough as nails. I think it was a lesson learned that you cannot be too careful and Callie will find trouble for herself in an instant so never take your eyes off her unless you are sure she is in a safe and secure place.
Here she is enjoying her new toys with her boo boo.

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