Tuesday, 31 July 2007

In hospital again - possible delays

Remember a few days ago, I promised I would send out invites for August and finish the pattern for August yesterday. Well, instead I spent all day in hospital with Emily. We also spent Sunday afternoon in Casualty.

Here's what happened: On Sunday lunchtime after church while I was geting lunch ready we sent the girls out to play. Ness took her bike and Em took her scooter. 10 mins later Ness comes rushing back in saying Em hasfallen off her scooter. Then Em appears covered in blood. We started cleaning her up but noticed a nasty cut on her top lip so took her straight to our local minor injuries unit which is onlly 2mins away.

The nurse cleaned her up and assessed her and decided that she may need stitching by a maxfacs surgeon and that she may need xrays of her chin/jaw. She also had a lot of bleeding in her mouth but she couldn't work out where it was coming from. Also, we didn't know if she had hit her head although we didn't think she had. She was actualy on her own when she fell as Ness ahd cycled ahead.

So off we went to Plymouth, about 40mins away to a bigger hospital. After seeing a nurse, then a doctor we got to see a maxfacs doctor who said she'd need stitches on ehr top lip and she also discovered that she had a really nasty, long tear (about the width of her mouth) on the inside of her bottom lip, where the bottom lip meets the gums. due to all the stitching and the pain it woudl cause it wasdecieded that a general anasthetic would be needed and they weren't able to do that Sunday pm as the theatre was taken up by a serious trauma case.

So we were back at the hospital 7am yesterday. Emily was brilliant with the general anasthetic. Simon went in with her as I went in with Ness for her two general anasthetics when she was a toddler. She was in surgery/recovery for nearly 2 hours and we started to get quite worried as it was taking much longer than we'd been told. We were finally allowed to see her in recovery.

Although she was quite rough when she first woke up she recovered really quickly. And after a couple of hours was eating toast and sitting up watching tv. But we weren't allowed home until 5.30pm. In addition to all the stitches, about 5 on ehr top lip and a row of stitches the width of her mouth inside her bottom lip, she was also given a mouthguard for her top teeth to try to push one of her front teeth back into place ,it got knocked back a bit. She's also got severe swelling to her mouth and chin area and lots of scratches. The rest of her face is untouched though, so Ithink she must have landed on ehr chin and mouth.

She's been brilliant but woke up in the night in pain. We've got antibiotics, painkillers, mouthwash and oointment. Not quite the start to the summer hols I wanted.

So because of all this and the fact that I'm now exhausted and suffering from quite severe neck/back pain from all the stress the last couple of days, the invites will be dealyed and the August pattern may be delayed by a day or two. I will try to get the pattern typed up and checked today but it may not happen and I will start sending out the new invites as soon as the pattern is done. But I've got housework, ironing etc to catch up on as kids have no clothes left to wear. LOL. And the girls need some TLC today.

I know none of you will mind the slight delay though. I will get the July list updated today adn tomorrow and still do the July draw tomorrow. The socks are all looking fab and I'm so pleased to read that many of you have tried toe up socks for the first time. Next month's pattern will not be toe up, nor will it be cables. In fact it's quite easy but looks really effective. They're blocking downstairs and I'm off to get some photos in a min. So hurry up and finish your socks ready for tomorrow's draw.

16 comments:

Naomi said...

Take care of yourself and little ones first, Anni. The socks can always wait.
Blessings,
Naomi

Jenny Raye said...

Oh, the poor baby! Snuggle with those precious little ones! Give them hugs from all of us.

sockaholic said...

Oh my! You and your family have certainly had a difficult summer. Hope your daughter will mend quickly. Of course the pattern and other things can wait. You need to be a mom first and a knitter second. We'll be here waiting for you:-)

Lindsey said...

Oh, Anni, that's terrible--glad to hear she's come through it all OK, but that must have been an awful lot of stress. We can certainly all wait for our socks! Take care of yourself and your girls....

Chris said...

Oh, poor Em! I hope she feels better soon. You have had such a time of it lately, haven't you?

I won't finish in time for the drawing, but I've made it partway through the heel on the second sock since posting this.

Stacy said...

So sorry to hear of Em's misadventures. I hope that all goes smoothly for you and your family this week. Take care.

Twinkle Toes said...

Give them a squeeze from me... thoughts are with you....

Challee... said...

Your family comes first....Take care.!!

Jackie Knits said...

I second what everyone else said: take care of your little ones first - our socks can certainly wait!!
Wishing Em all the best and hoping that all goes well for her (and Mum too!!)

Jackie

Cathy said...

Sorry to hear about Em! Wishing you and your family a quiet and relaxing summer. :)

Guernseygal said...

Oh Dear! Hope your daughter is feeling better. You are certainly having a difficult summer :-)

Meg Kribble said...

Yikes!! What a terrible, traumatic thing. I hope your daughter and the rest of your family feel better soon.

I'm one of the new invitees, and I'm really looking forward to knitting along, though I probably won't be free enough to try for a drawing until about November!

Tactless Wonder said...

Oh I got such chills and willies reading about all the injuries...they so mirrored my little brother's trials and tribulations of growing up. Happily, kids heal fast.

Good luck with it all.

thursday said...

Wow! I'm sorry to hear about the trauma - I hope Emily's doing better today. Treat your girl well - lots of hugs are in order. :) And hopefully she (and you) won't be too afraid to go on the scooter again - after some healing!

The Knitting Blog by Mr Puffy the Dog said...

Don't pressure yourself. We are all here just to have fun. Actually this delay works well for me as I'm only today finishing up my socks! I am really thrilled with how they turned out - pics this weekend (forgot camera).

psalm127 said...

Oh Anni I am so sorry to hear whats been happening. I have been away from my computer the last couple of weeks running myself, but not because of little ones getting hurt. I pray they are not in so much pain now.