true story.

We heard the thud first. Catie and I were sipping ice water and trading mama stories one room over when we heard it. And as mamas do we listened to see if a cry would follow.

It did.

We exchanged glances. The cry was a real one and too intense to easily discern just whose it was. Catie said, “I think that’s one of mine,” as we dashed toward the kitchen. She has four and I have two so I guess she figured the odds were in her favor. But I have the accident-prone trump card: Sarah Cobb. A betting man would say the cry belonged to my child.

And it did.

Sarah, still screaming, raised herself up from the kitchen floor as the goose egg on her brow bone was just beginning to form. By the time Catie grabbed the ice pack it was a full-fledged appendage. And by the time I carried my crying baby to the couch it was evident that some serious Googling was in order. And sure enough, all signs pointed to take her straight to a doctor…do not pass go, do not collect $200. She couldn’t read, couldn’t see the clock on the wall, didn’t know how to put her own coat on, tried to put on Catie’s husband’s shoes (thinking they were her own), the list goes on and on. Her bell had been thoroughly rung.

Trouble was, Daddy was at work in his Dayton office on the Air Force base, it was mighty close to quittin’ time and we only had one car. So I loaded Pi’bears up, called Brent to say we were coming for him and started mapping a route to the nearest urgent care. By the time we got to him 20 minutes later she was dozing in and out, white as a sheet. He rode in the backseat with her until we arrived at the pediatric urgent care. Then he scooped her up and delivered her to the waiting room where she proceeded to immediately vomit all over the floor. “Stomach bug?”, they asked. “Head injury,” I replied.

We got a room.

The doctor confirmed my Google diagnosis, saying it was indeed a concussion. We’d have an x-ray to make sure the brow bone wasn’t broken and then, barring any more stomach emptying episodes, we could head home . I told the doc she could skip the informational, child-friendly details about the procedure…this wasn’t Pi’bears first rodeo. A broken leg at one year and a broken collar bone last year has left Sarah with a first hand knowledge of radiology science.

She faced her x-rays like a champ and then emptied her stomach once again back in the room, scoring us a free trip to Dayton Children’s hospital via ambulance for a CT scan and observation. Panicked doesn’t begin to describe my emotions as they loaded our baby up onto a stretcher, but the look in her eyes matched mine so I turned it down a notch and told her all was well — the doctor wasn’t worried and neither was I.

(Lies. All lies.) I knew in my heart of hearts that she was fine and this was all precautionary, but nothing prepares a mama for the sight of her baby in an ambulance. No matter how much Grey’s Anatomy she’s watched.

The ambulance staff was wonderful and we were able to find a friend to help Brent deliver our car and some personal items downtown to the hospital (he had left the urgent care to collect B-Ro a few hours earlier).

Sarah was thrilled to see her little Bubby walk in carrying her beloved RaeRae. I was thrilled to see Brent walk in carrying three Skyline chili dogs (which I scarfed down when Sarah wasn’t looking…she had been prohibited from eating or drinking anything).

But I was most thrilled to see this smiling face walk into the room and start caring for my baby girl…

Turns out that of the roughly 10 people I know in Dayton, one of them happens to be the best nurse in the pediatric ER. And she just happened to be working the night shift. Sarah Cobb may be accident prone but she’s darn lucky too. She couldn’t have planned her little kitchen counter fall from grace on a better night. (Thanks to sweet Miss Lara for taking such a good care of us!)

After a clear CT scan and a few vomit-less hours Sarah was discharged and we headed back to the hotel just before midnight. Over the course of the last 10 days her goose egg has turned to a multi-colored Easter egg and is now sporting a pretty fine shade of green. She wears it like a badge of honor and recounts her adventure to anyone who will listen. I think she’ll be sad when it finally fades.

Not me though. I won’t miss it. After all, I know there will be a replacement sooner or later. Because as her Daddy says, “Sarah sure is good at a lot of things, but she’s sure not good at falling.”

True story.

SusieApril 9, 2013 - 4:54 am

I’m so glad she’s okay- what a scare, though!

KatherineApril 9, 2013 - 6:00 am

Oh, I am so sorry! I have vague memories of my childhood concussion. So scary. I’m glad she’s okay!!

GramaApril 9, 2013 - 6:56 am

In Sarah’s defense, she may not be great at falling but that first broken bone was due to Grama falling and not Sarah! I guess she and I have the not so graceful genes in this family! So glad she is better and back to her sweet self!

Lorena MoraApril 9, 2013 - 8:38 am

Glad to hear is she fine, falls are so scary and I can only imagine the sight of her in the ambulance. Maybe bubble wrap her next time? Kidding, kidding, be careful Sarah!

Stephanie @ La Dolce VitaApril 9, 2013 - 9:39 am

I’m so glad she’s OK!

Jessica WApril 9, 2013 - 11:38 am

How scary! But, I’m so glad that you were in good hands and all’s well that ends well.

LinneaApril 9, 2013 - 5:14 pm

What a scare. A good reminder of the things to look for after a child falls. My kids fall so many times I hate to admit that I forget the threat of concussions and how serious they can be.

Um…did you say Skyline?! I would give anything for a 3-way or chili cheese coney or burrito right now. I grew up in Cincinnati and you bet that I eat there multiple times when I’m back home!

Glad your girl is ok!

MeredithApril 16, 2013 - 8:36 pm

I’m glad your beautiful girl will be ok. Nurse Lara is the best! We are lucky to have her taking care of all our munchkins.

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