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Sledding Nightmare

Posted Mar 03 2013 5:05pm
Hello friends. So Ava once again scares the living tar out of me today. We were sledding at my parents house and Ava and the girls were having so much fun with the snow ramp they had built, when Ava hit the bottom of it a little too hard. We heard her scream and start hollering for me. I had been taking their pictures and was at the top of the hill. I ran to her quickly and knew right away she was hurt. I asked her if she could lay back on the sled. She did and continued to tell me her back hurt bad. I called for my parents (who were standing on the hill) to come help us. I didn't want to move her as I'd been in a accident and broke my back about 10 years ago. It is a pain I will never forget. So I was pretty worried about hurting her further. We decided we were going to take her up to the house on the sled. My Dad, Mom and I carried her on the sled. We calmed her as we walked. I had this fear come over me and I began to pray. I tried to stay positive. We took her inside and she continued to say her back hurt. I made the decision to take her to the hospital.

(This was not the time she got hurt but a few minutes before her accident. As you can she they were having so much fun.)


This was right before we took her to the Emergency room.



My Dad and my brother helped me load her up into their vehicle. We placed her in the back still on the sled. It broke my heart and I was afraid of what was ahead of us. Once we got into the hospital everyone rushed to get her into a room. While in the room she started to tell me her foot had fallen asleep. This made me more nervous.

(This was at the hospital. She was still on the sled. Sorry for the picture quality. I was my phone camera.)



The nurse came in and she said the pain in her foot was much worse. She started crying. When Ava cries you know she is hurting badly. I started to massage her leg and foot as I thought maybe it had just fallen asleep. She said that did help a little. The nurse went right out and got the doctor. He immediately ordered xrays and a few minutes later we were headed to the xray room.

They were able to finally get her off the sled. I was extremely nervous but it went well. I felt so bad for her.



She's very familiar with xrays so she was at ease as the technician explained what she was about to do. She had about 8 xrays taken. They were very careful with her. I asked her how her back was feeling and said it was better. That made me feel a little better. She had to turn on her side for a few of the xrays. She did well with all of that... all the while I was praying.

She was taken back to the room and about 30 minutes later the doctor returned. He said she had no broken bones. He thought she had just sprained it. So hot and cold compresses throughout the day. I was so happy and relieved. He asked her if she thought she could try sitting up. She shook her head yes. He raised the head part of the bed. He said that if she wanted to try and move she could. He wanted to make sure she could sit and walk on her own before he would discharge her.

We let her do things her own speed. She sat on her own after about 5 minutes then wanted to get down to try and walk. She could walk just fine. Wow was I so happy to see her up walking. Prayers answered!!

As we were walking out of the hospital the ladies that signed her in were SO thrilled to see her walking out on her own. That warmed my heart that they cared so much for her.

As we walked into my parent's house my family started clapping and hollering praise for Ava walking. "Thank you Lord" was my Mother's words!

Ava decided she wanted some mac and cheese first. My family was all so happy to see her walking into the house. Her back is still very sore.



I'll leave you with a happy Ava as she enjoyed sledding but won't do this for quite sometime as she's very scared now.

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There is NEVER a dull moment around here!!

If you think of it would you send a few prayers up for Ava. She's such a tough little girl. SO blessed as this could have been MUCH worse.

~Terri
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