July 28, 2004

Birthday Surprise

Today's my birthday, and so first thing this morning I was awakened by all of my kids piling on the bed (well, except for the four-month-old). And little Anne, who will be three on Saturday, was so excited she stood up to dance and fell over the footboard onto her head.

We didn't realize that she had fallen on her head, at first; we thought she had landed on her back or behind and gotten the wind knocked out of her. She cried for a while, and then seemed to be better.

After a while she started to cry again, and didn't want to eat breakfast; she just wanted to be held. Eventually we discovered that her head hurt, and we put a bag of frozen peas on it for a while. It helped a little, but she remained listless and clingy, and continued to cry if we put her down. And then, not long ago, she threw up all over herself.

Jane called the pediatrician, who recommended that we take her to the Emergency Room. So Jane and Anne are, as I type, off to the Emergency Room; I'm at home with the rest of the kids.

I have to congratulate David and James--we were scheduled to go to Lego Land California today, and although I expected them to throw a fit, they are taking it very well.

I'll post an update when I have more information.

UPDATE: She's fine--no concussion, though she needs to take it easy today. Plus, the hospital gave her a teddy bear to help her feel better. (David got one just like it when he broke his arm at about the same age.)

UPDATE: In fact, Anne seemed so like her normal happy self after she got home that we threw caution to the winds and went to Lego Land anyway. We had a delightful time and got home very late (for us) and everyone will be completely wiped out tomorrow, but it was worth it.

Posted by Will Duquette at July 28, 2004 09:17 AM

Russell Newquist said:

Ouch! Sorry to hear about your daughter - I hope she's ok!

After it all settles down and she's ok, I hope you have a happy birthday.

Debbie L. said:

Good news that Anne's just fine and didn't have to spend the *entire* day in the ER to find that out. Hope you and the boys can have some fun this afternoon while the gals sleep off the morning's excitement.

Lars Walker said:

Glad your daughter's going to be OK. Have a good birthday -- mine's coming on Saturday.

Will Duquette said:

Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and prayers!

Mark D. said:

So glad all turned out to be well - and a very Happy Birthday to you!