Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Slightly Star Struck in the ER

I should mention that despite my complaints about a helicopter being a total waste of healthcare dollars it was a totally cool ride. As we took off I realized a bunch of people had been watching us from the ground - wonder what they were thinking. The launch site was right next the a big lake in town so it was beautiful.

Ned was very quite so I took the opportunity to enjoy the views since I figured I would never be in one again. I would have snapped a phone pic but I think the pilots would have thought I was a callous mom.

When we got into the ER at MGH (after coming in off the helipad) we were immediately surrounded by a billion people. Ned gets quiet when he's around lots of new people so he was actually calm (or was that the fentanyl they gave him in the ambulance?). It was exactly like Boston Med with someone making sure a doctor was leading the examination. In fact, Amanda Grabowski was right outside our room but not on our case. She was just as pretty and vivacious in person.

We are viewing a very long and grumpy recovery. How do you feed a kid who lies prone? Who can't ride in a car seat? Discipline him (can you?)? Brush his teeth? Bath him? This is the age of fierce independence and I am concerned about creating a dependence. And even before this injury it was "Mommy do it!" for everything. I'll be posting on these challenges in the future.

Finally, let me say that I am thankful that we moved to Boston. Both my sisters live far from family and friends and if they had to deal with this for their children I'm not sure they'd have the same support network available to us.


ElizabethEK said...

I will be thinking about you. It is going to be a tough few months, for sure. But, in the end, what matters is that he is OK.

I am baffled about the car seat. How are you going to take him anywhere?

Julia said...

I am so sorry for him, poor kid. But I guess he will be all too eager to do it all by himself when he gets rid of that thing!

Anonymous said...

Oh no, poor Ned! And poor you, since you're spread so thin already. Hope it's a speedy recovery- hang in there, Esqs.

Jen said...

Just checked in and saw about poor Ned! You will all be in my thoughts!

My nephews (now 4 & 6) have OI and both had to spend time in spica casts. I'll have to ask my sister if she has any other tips. I do remember a few items...

Our local children's hospital (AI DuPont) had special harnesses to be used instead of a carseat. The hospital also helped her to get in touch with an agency to get her boys wheelchairs. She also got big beanbags like they have at pottery barn kids for them to lounge on. I seem to remember it was important for them to do 'tummy time' so that they wouldn't be in the same position all the time and get bedsores. The beanbags were helpful for that. She also set up a toddler bed in the family room, so that they could minimize moving for naps, and just go up and down the stairs for bedtime.

I'm so sorry this had to happen to Ned and you! Hope some of this was helpful. Feel free to email me & I can put you in touch with my sister if you like.