Wednesday, June 18, 2008

It happened again. And. All I have is a paper to prove it...

I figured the incredibly hot paramedic would notify child services if I asked to take a cell phone picture of my daughter in the ambulance's gurney, yesterday.


I thought about taking a picture.

You see, I need to start documenting Lola's accidents. I am starting a folder with all of her EMS papers, her insurance bills, and doctor co-pays. When some lucky fella, many many many years down the road, takes her hand in marriage I will take his other hand and hand over her folder.

Let's hope the fella is calm and collective. Both of which I was not yesterday at the community park.

I heard Lola screaming bloody murder as she slid down the tube slide. Somehow she managed to sprain her wrist. I sat Fifi down on the asphalt and started running towards Lola. She was holding her wrist and crying uncontrollably while walking towards me.

And.

Before I could get to her.

She froze.

I saw her eyes roll back. I saw her body go limp.

And. She fell backwards. Her head met the asphalt and she fainted.

I scooped her up in my arms and found myself again holding a lifeless child. As with all other of her holding breath syndromes her eyes rolled back, she started seizing, and I panicked and I shook uncontrollably.

The parents around me at the park were freaking superheros. They all jumped into action with no script. One mother silently ran to Fifi who was half way to China by this time, took her hand and strapped her into the baby swing. Another father grabbed his phone and dialed 911 and rushed over to give me some moral support. Yet another parent, grabbed Jay by the hand and started a conversation with him about soda pop. And I. I rocked Lola back to consciousness.

"Breath. Breath. LOLA...... BREATH!!!!!" I screamed out loud and looked into her eyes waiting for a response. "This is sooooo not fair!!!" I cried. I looked at Fifi safe in her swing and glanced over at Jay safe in conversation and peeked into Lola's lost eyes.

She came around after four agonizing minutes. Two minutes later the ambulance arrived.

After sitting in the ambulance with three children and two paramedics it was determined that she was okay.

Yes. She will outgrow this eventually. No. She does not hold her breath on purpose for attention... her body just "forgets" to breath when she hits her head. Yes. I am going crazy. No. No need to send me sympathy, really. Yes. You can feel sorry for her future husband... he is going to be with her longer then I am (cross my fingers...) Yes. It is okay to laugh with me, again.

I have survived yet another day of motherhood.

Once home I wrote an RX for some TV time and Lola admitted to being clumsy. I video taped it for proof. No need to check it out, unless you are dying to see the drama queen in action complaining about running out of band-aids.

96classy comments:

A Whole Lot of Nothing said...

Oh my jeez! I'm so happy you are both OK. I can't imagine going through that, but at least you know she'll outgrow it.

LunaNik said...

Urgh...I wanted to be first.

::sulking::

Melisa said...

Every time that you post about Lola and her holding breath syndromes, I get teary eyed just thinking about how you must feel in the moment. That is so scary. Thank goodness for the other parents at the park that helped you out with Jay and Fifi.

LunaNik said...

Also, I have this awesome medical records organizing binder thingy for each of my girls. I love it. Keeps everything nice and tidy. I'll email you the link.

Poor Lola =(

Laski said...

"I have survived yet another day of motherhood."

Holy Cow . . . my heart was beating so hard for you!

Kim said...

I have started a folder for my youngest because he is constantly getting hurt..

I am so glad she is okay.. though I can't imagine having to go through it now..

Mr Lady said...

I have NO IDEA how you do it. I'd lose my S*#T. I am so glad the other people helped you out!

Beth from the Funny Farm said...

Okay.. I retract that fall invitation. You may come in JULY. That is when my MIL will be here all month long. She was a nurse in ICU in Pittsburgh for 14 years. She is still a nurse. She can handle Lola!

just jamie said...

OHMommy you should be OHHOLYCOWMommy!

Seriously, I can;t imagine. Sounds like things were handled very well, considering, but oh my gawd.

Don Mills Diva said...

That must be so HARD to deal with!
I'm so glad she's okay.

chris said...

What a day!! Whew. I'm glad she's okay.

Wendi said...

However do you do it?
I would be a wreck.
I was seriously having HB Syndrome while I was reading this post.
I am glad all is well now and I hope that she out grows this soon.

I loved the video.
Lola is precious.
I love how she said she had some "Sponge-job" bandaids.

My Rx for you is: long, hot, bubble bath, and go to bed early.
Let Mr.OHMommy take care of everything.

Lisa said...

I could not even imagine. You are a very strong mommy :)

Ashlee said...

I teared up just reading your post. I don't think I could be as strong as you making it through each of her "episodes". My heart breaks for your wee one. I watched your little video, though, and she sure seems like a trooper. I'm dying to know what your secret dinner was! :0)

The Mom said...

Oh my goodness, my heart was beating so fast reading this, I can NOT imagine going through it on more than one occasion! *HUG*

carrie said...

Oh, I am so sorry. Good thing is, like you said, it is something she will outgrow and one day you can sit with her, drinking iced tea and laugh about all the drama.

Take Care of YOU!

Kathryn said...

I honestly don't know how you do it! I am having a panic attack just reading it!
So glad she is okay!

You can go fix yourself a drink now.

beth said...

My mommy heart ached for you when I realized what was coming... again.

You are one incredible mother.

Jenera said...

I have lost track of the number of times my darling son has gotten hurt and my heart has stopped for a second (or minute). It's probably the single most thing I hate about being a mother. Even when they get right back up and everything's fine.

Allison Says said...

Oh, poor Lola :( These stories are just so scary to hear. I know you don't want sympathy, but I am so sorry that you have to go through this.

tricki_nicki said...

Man, you need to tell your girlfriends to take you out this weekend for a girls' night. Four minutes!?

The Daily Stroll said...

Poor Lola! I'm glad to hear that she will grow out of it! I can't imagine how scary it must be when these incidents occur! The video was too precious!

Mommy to those Special Ks said...

Gosh, I know you don't want the sympathy, but man just the image of all that brought tears to my eyes. I can't imagine how scary that has to be. I am praying she outgrows it SOON!

zoeyjane said...

today, i got home from grocery shopping and Isobel was with her dad, here and she FTFO to see me. and in the midst of her dad leaving and me trying to change her diaper-rash covered butt (which it was evident, had needed it for quite a while); she started to cry and hold her breath and slid off the bed, passing out after letting out the 'war cry,' as i call it.

now, don't get me wrong, i'm so happy that she's never seized. but it still scares the poop out of me everytime she turns purple, then blue, then falls asleep.

and then, when i put her to bed a little while later, after she'd came to, then fell asleep on my shoulder? she was all twitchy. so tell me, you have loads more severe experience than i - is twitchy normal? cuz i've never sen twitchy before and i'm a little scared to not check her breathing all night.

Dana said...

Wow, I think I would have been absolutely hysterical.
Way too freaky for me.
Glad she's ok now, how's the wrist?

Tootsie Farklepants said...

These posts always scare the crap out of me! Poor Lola. Poor Mommy!

Kristen said...

So hope that both you and LOLA are feeling way better!

My goodness, it would be impossible to make this stuff up.

Hang in there, hoping tomorrow is A LOT less stressful/exciting/in need of an EMT. :)

Shellie said...

Goodness, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry at that one. You are right, another day of motherhood survived. I like the file folder idea....

Marketing Mama said...

Wow - how scary. Sounds like the other parents were awesome the way the helped your other kiddos. I like your idea about organizing her health info... Sorry it happened again. :(

DysFUNctional Mom said...

You deserve a medal.

Happy Days said...

I know that you don't want sympathy, but oh man that has got to be so scary. I am glad that she is ok. As for you, I guess what doesn't kill us only makes us stronger. Did you ever think being a mother would be so hard? I think you deserve some time to put your stilletos up! Hang in there girl, I am thinking of you!

Jessica said...

My goodness what an experience! Does Lola remember her experiences? I am so happy that people stepped in to help you!

Smart A$$ Mom said...

I almost started to cry, then laughed when you said you screamed 'This is so NOT fair!'

Man alive! How do you hold it together?

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

Wow! Sounds like you had an exciting day at the park!

So glad everything turned out o.k.

It's always an adventure with OHMommy and the gang!

Lisa said...

That would scare the poop out of me.....
Really, I'm sorry you had to endure that. I hope she grows out of it sooner rather than later....

Tracey said...

Oh Sweetie! I'm so sorry... Thank God she didn't hurt her head worse than a lump this time.

At least you will TRULY know where any gray hairs come from: LOLA.

Irene said...

Holy cow!!!! What a horribly scary thing to REPEATEDLY happen!!! Unbelievable. But so glad she (and you) are OK.

Krystyn said...

I can't even imagine...I would be so scared for her. You are so lucky all of the other parents were helpful and didn't run off out of fear.

Here's to taking it easy today.

Crystal D said...

I promise Lola a new box of Barbie, Sponge Job, and Carebear bandaids if she will never do that again. (I know, if only it was that easy)

Mary said...

Oh God that is scary!
Glad she is okay. I hope you are too :)

krissy said...

You know what sweetie, even though you don't want sympanthy I can't help to give it to you. I would have my kid in a bubble. Never letting her leave the house and running around behind her so she doesn't hit her head.

But you are so classy that you still let your kids play and still handle the situation with some control. Your a superhero mom.

All I can do is give you support and it sounds like everytime this happens you know exactly what to do.

Big Hugs from S.D.

Feener said...

how hard this must be for you. i would feel paralyzed to do anything, you are brave and doing the right things !!

Stephanie said...

Ok, instead of sympathy, would it work to strap her to the couch and let her do nothing but eat and watch TV? ;oD Just kidding, glad she's ok! My day is coming, I know it. i've already been to the pediatric ER twice with my son, so I figure one of these days I won't just be a fever...there will be broken bones, stitches, etc. UGH. How on earth DO we survive motherhood?

Kash said...

Gosh Lola, stop it already! I know she can't help herself but I can't wait until it's over. Im so glad she is ok.

Beyond A Mommy said...

OMG, can't believe this keeps happening, I'm so sorry for you - once was enough for me and I can't imagine having to deal with it over and over cause I'm sure it is just as scary the 10th time as the 1st time. Glad the little monkey is ok.

renatamic said...

Feel better Lola? Does she have a cast (purple?)?

Here's something to make you laugh:
WHY YOU NEVER QUESTION A DRUNK

I was shopping at the local supermarket where I selected:
A half-gallon of 2% milk,
A carton of eggs,
A quart of orange juice,
A head of romaine lettuce,
A 2 lb. can of coffee, and
A 1 lb. package of bacon.

As I was unloading my items on the conveyor belt to check out, a drunk standing behind me watched as I placed the items in front of the cashier.

While the cashier was ringing up the purchases, the drunk calmly stated, 'You must be single'

I was a bit startled by this proclamation, but I was intrigued by the derelict's intuition, since I was indeed single. I looked at the six items on the belt and saw nothing particularly unusual about my selections that could have tipped off the drunk to my marital status.

Curiosity getting the better of me, I said: 'Well, you know what, you're absolutely right. But how on earth did you know that?'

The drunk replied, 'Cause you're ugly'

Immoral Matriarch said...

I just couldn't imagine.

SMILF said...

Oh my Lord! Good thing she was okay! I think my mother should have had one of these folders for my husband. He would be much better off. :)

Blessings From Above said...

Wowzers! What a day. I would totally lose it if that happened to me.

The video was adorable. At least she seemed to recover nicely. I just hope you do!

((HUGS))

MamaWise said...

It truly is a terrifying thing to see your child like this. I hope she outgrows it sooner rather than later, if for no other reason than for your sanity.

XOXO

P.S. Wanna hang out sometime?

Adventures In Babywearing said...

Ah- they keep our hearts beating, that's for sure!

Steph

Laura said...

OMG... my heart aches for you.

What a sweetie, my heart melted hearing her go on about bandaids. Poor little girl.

Will she actually out grow this scary condition?

Sending you lots of hugs.

amanda said...

once again mama you amaze me :)

and how cute is she planning a secret dinner?? dying to know what you ate!!

hugs

lattemommy said...

Oy. Not again. So glad to hear that everything turned out ok. At least you didn't have to go to the hospital.

And I'm so happy that the other parents at the park stepped up to help. You hear so many stories these days about people not wanting to get involved, just watching things unfold. Cowardice.

I have to know, though, what was the secret dinner? (so cute!)

Nan Patience said...

omG!

Miss said...

Watching that video, I can totally understand how you must feel watching her go through this.

Christy said...

Woman, you are seriously my hero!

Sandy C. said...

Yeowza! I'm a nurse, and I sweating just reading about this :( I can only imagine how traumatic it is for you to see this. I'm glad she's alright :(

Robin said...

Wow, I am glad you distracted me with the comment about the hot paramedic before you started the harrowing details.

I am glad the entire Ohmommy family is okay.

Cecily R said...

Holy crap OH! I now have new perspective on why you won't be showing that picture of Gracie on the lobster to Lola...

How do you handle that so often so well? I would be a complete basket case. Every. Time.

I'm so glad she's okay...how's the wrist?

Marmarbug said...

You my dear are the superhero! I had chills reading that.
Thank goodness for those other parents. And thank goodness for your children to have sucha wonderful mommy that handles quite a bit for them.

Stinky John Jones said...

OMG....terrifying! So happy to hear she is okay.

You handled it very well...I would have been a wreck! The ambulance would have taken me away when it was all over.

Ali said...

ohmigosh!
we have friends who have a daughter who has this. so scary! i'm glad she's okay.

Rachel said...

Holy Hells Bells Mama!!
Poor you, Poor Lola.
My eyes welled up and my heart skipped just reading this. Sheesh woman.
Big hugs.

Clare said...

Oh Mommy! That is such a scary story! It sounds like everyone handled it really well, especially YOU! I don't know what I would do in that situation. You are a great Mommy! Clare

the mama bird diaries said...

You poor girl. You are a star mama.

Rhea said...

That video was so gosh darn cute. Lola is adorable. I love her words for things and the way she phrases. Adorable!!

I can't imagine that holding breath syndrome. I would be a basketcase. Whew.

Anglophile Football Fanatic said...

Oh, Lordy. Again? You poor mom. I can only imagine. She's totally going to outgrow it. The stress you must get from this... She's just preparing you for teenager years, right?

Hey it's Amy Shipp said...

Oh my GOSH! I hope Lola is okay... How scary for you. Thank goodness for all the help you got from the parents at the park! You are such a trooper.

McMommy said...

Oh no! Poor Lola. Poor YOU! How many grey hairs are you going to be able to attribute to this later on in life???

imbeingheldhostage said...

It's times like these, being a Mom isn't my first choice in which career path to follow. Holy cow, I'm glad you're both ok. (and God help her future hubby) ;-)

Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

Oh my...you do have your hands full...

I was a breath holder...my Mom say's that's why she started hitting me..to "snap me out of it" ...I think she eventually learned to like it...but enought about me...

I'm so glad she is alright, and you too...

Sarah said...

Oh my goodness, I can't imagine!! I'm glad you're both alright, but it's amazing that you were able to keep your cool. I would have freaked.

I will send up a few prayers for her to outgrow this sooner rather than later!

mamatulip said...

Oh my gosh. I think this is the first post I've ever read about this and...wow. My heart is still beating up in my throat.

Amy said...

Everytime I read about these episodes my heart goes out to you. I can't imagine...
But I do love the idea of handing over "the folder" to her future hubs. That's hilarious!

kittyconcerto.com said...

You should get a super hero costume and give super hero patches to all your play yard parents. These stories really get to me. You are awesome. And I LOVE your idea with the folder for her future husband. LMAO!!

Melissa said...

(((hugs))) nothing more than lots of (((hugs)))

Jill said...

Holy Batman! What a day... you deserve a cocktail or three!

Jenni said...

So scary!

You are going to be so used to "episodes" that you will be the calmest mom on the block whenever anything happens!

Jennifer said...

I want to know what was for dinner :)

Glad Lola is feeling better!

Aimee said...

Oh my!! I certainly would've panicked too! I'm not good in emergency situations - AT ALL! Glad to hear she's o.k.!

Mandy said...

That is extremely scary. I had an incident that happened several years ago with my oldest daughter having a seizure. It was a febral seizure and so far she hasn't had one since and this was 11 years ago. I know what it is like to hold your limp, lifeless child in your arms praying that they are ok. Mine couldn't talk for a while after we arrived to the hospital. She came around about two hours after. Thank God. My family and I will be praying for her and you as well. :)

Monkeys' Mom said...

OhMommy you deserve an award for dealing with crisis. I'm glad you're both okay!!!! Snuggle your little Lola and then after she's in bed, sit and enjoy some sweet tea (again) or some wine...and then maybe some shoe shopping this weekend? It always makes me feel better.
-jennifer

CC said...

I am so so sorry. This sounds so scary. :( :(

Tracey said...

You know what's weird? I keep seeing a new post on my Bloglines, but it doesn' tpull up when I click over...

WEEEEIIIRRRDDDDD.....

Beth said...

That's just crazy stuff. I commented before that I use to do this when I was a child, hold my breath at least, anyway, I was doing it, my father scooped me up and proceeded to pour a coke over my face. Story is, I stopped from that day - whenever I started holding my breath, I remembered that coke.

She will outgrow it.

Kellan said...

This would scare me to death - the not breathing and passing out part! You are a stronger mom than me. I'm glad she is okay and I hope you recovered in front of the TV.

Thanks for your comment this evening - you are a good friend and YES we are certainly going to have much to talk about in SF - I an looking forward to it!!

Take care - Kellan

momof3crazykids said...

I'm so sorry. I hope she is feeling better today. Poor Lola. And of course OhMommy too.

April said...

However much you may think you're going crazy, with such a great sense of humor still intact, I know you're still classy!

Mishelle Lane said...

Man! That would wear me down. I was glad to read that people helped. People still do this? Thank God they do!

crunchiemummy said...

Oh my OHMommy! Hugs for you and Lola! And, of course after making sure my child was okay and getting prper medical attention, I hate to admit but I would probably be right there with you wanting to get a pic too!

P.S. I'd love that link for the medical records binder too!

Danielle said...

Flipping frogs! I won't leave sympathy or say that "Holy yikes! That stinks!" or anything.

But... these posts make my flipping heart pause and give me chills!!

Glad she's okay. Glad you're okay! Really.

Real World Mom said...

BIG hugs to you! It's so nice to know that the other parents stepped in to help. There ARE still good people in the world!

Kendra said...

Ohhhhh jeez you are funny. I love this story. My Maggie is accident prone too. I love the idea of giving the future husband the folder with medical information. Simply priceless.

TheRetroHousewife said...

Oh you poor thing, I feel for ya, really I do. My little one doesnt hold her breath but she has some neurological issues that have given us some loooooong moments like yours!! Chin up, you're doing great!

Somewhere In The Sun said...

Well, I read this post through tears! I've been there done that many times. I had a pediatrician tell me once that in the list of the most stressful things in life, watching your child have a seizure was #2!! The death of a loved one was #1. It's very frightening!

~Lynn

 

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