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a big scare..

Usually, Aidan would be rushing to the door to greet me when i'm back from work. Yesterday evening, when I reached home at about 7.30pm, he stood at the living room and merely stared at me with watery eyes and seemed rather lembek. Nenita told me that something happened earlier on. Apparently, he fell and hit the back of his head.

He was being his usual active and mischievous self. He stood on his bicycle chair so that he could get to his box of crayons from the top of the table console *sigh*. Both my in-laws were around but they happened not to be looking at him when he was doing so. The bike moved and he fell backwards and knocked his head. Nenita heard the sound of his head hitting the floor and the bike crashing so she rushed out. Said she saw mom holding on to him, and his face was a shade of blue, both his fists closed up and clutched tightly..and he wasn't even crying but he had a stunned look. It was after a while that color returned to his face and after they'd told him to go ahead and cry, he started bawling away. They stayed on for quite a while to make sure that he was okay and had only left a few minutes before I reached home. I wish they had called us after he'd fallen though..

When i heard from Nenita what had happened, I was alarmed. He had obviously fell from quite a distance since he was standing on the bicycle seat and our flooring was marble so he must have hit his head quite hard. The back of his head had a big balukoo..and he was looking rather lethargic. He came into widestretched arms and snuggled up to me. I asked him.."How? Are you okay?" He gave me a grimace, touched the back of his head and said "pain pain!".. Called hubby up and told him abt what had happened and we decided that it would be better to bring him to the hospital for a check just to be safe. Hubby said he'll rush to the hospital immediately.

In the cab, he was looking tired and kept yawning, even though it was too early for bedtime. I didn't know what to do. On one hand, I didn't want him to sleep because I was scared but yet, i didn't want to disturb him. I kept on singing so that he will focus on me. But just as we were about to reach the hospital, he suddenly sat up and vomitted all over me. I was frantic inside but I had to pacify the poor boy who was obviously frightened and had started to cry. Fortunately the taxi was just turning into the hospital then. The cab driver was really nice too. He told me to quickly bring the boy in and that he'll clean up the mess on his own.

Thankfully we'd brought an extra set of clothes for Aidan so we changed him immediately. Unfortunately for me, I didn't have any so the nurse pitied me and passed me a hospital gown (yeah, the backless, strap-py white one) to wear instead. People were looking at me strangely but I didn't care at that time how I looked..Called my in-laws up to tell them that we are in the hospital and asked whether they could bring a set of clothings for me to change into..

We were told that he would have his head x-rayed. The boy was terrified and refused to lie down flat on the cold metal table...and understandably so too. We had to force his head flat down on the surface so that the radiographer was able to do her work. She had to take 3 x-ray shots..and he was screaming on top of his lungs as we held on to him. He even cried out "Papa, help me please!"..(Hubby wasn't in the room with us). But after the x-ray, he seemed better and was able to smile and even started babbling away (he was so quiet before that)..

Much to our relief, the doctor said that there weren't any cracks on his skull. But he wanted to be sure that Aidan had not gone into a fit after the fall. After querying my in-laws about Aidan's reaction after he fell, his conclusion was that the poor boy probably had a shock and possibly a slight concussion. He also said that Aidan was probably fed his dinner much too soon after his fall and that may have caused his discomfort (reminder - never feed an injured child!). Aidan was then back to his usual cheerful self and was eyeing this bottle of sweets on the doc's table and requesting to have some. I think that helped made the the doc decide that the boy need not be warded and that he could go home. Was told to monitor the boy closely for the next 24 hours to ensure that his condition doesn't change..We were instructed to make sure that at least one of us is around with him and not to leave him alone. I took the morning off and dad-in-law will come by in the afternoon. Am glad he's okay now. Slept with him yesterday night so that I could have a peace of mind.

Not sure whether I've over-reacted..but you know, when I was in the cab, I was so afraid, especially when I saw Aidan nodding off to sleep. I know it sounds stupid but I feared that he wouldn't wake up if I let him doze off. Gawd. I hope I'll never need to feel this way again.

Post note : Thanks you guys for your concern and assurances. Aidan's fine..and he's back to his old self again.. he seems to have forgotten what had happened yesterday already. ..


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bits_n_bites
Sep. 2nd, 2005 01:34 am (UTC)
I would be worried sick too if I am in your shoe. I guess I will also try not to let him doze off. I am glad he is ok now. That's really a bad fall. And *hugz* for the worrying mama.
geniever
Sep. 2nd, 2005 01:34 am (UTC)
What a relief to see that Aidan is fine. Dont think you're over-reacting - every parent'll feel the same abt their child. :)
daynema
Sep. 2nd, 2005 01:39 am (UTC)
no, you r not over-reacting! N it's definitely right of you to bring him to the hospital looking at how he responded . Glad that he's skull is ok, still keep monitoring him, to see if he's ok, sometimes bruise develop after awhile.
Eh, who knows he starts to speak fluently ? If it happens, let me know , i will prepare a bike for dayne * choy choy choy* :D
angeliatay
Sep. 2nd, 2005 02:30 pm (UTC)
thanks woman..the strange thing is, he's able to bike forward now :P Don't think u that is a good enuff reason to start Dayne on a bike right?
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mmnchua
Sep. 2nd, 2005 01:40 am (UTC)
Gosh, what a day for you, bet any parents would feel the same way as you do. Am glad he's okay now, but keep monitoring for another day or two too. *hugs*

leapin_toufu
Sep. 2nd, 2005 01:40 am (UTC)
What an ordeal! Somewhat similar happened to one of my nephews also (few years back)...i can imagine your scarylisation.

Get RID of that bicycle! (or put somewhere safe)
chanrkl
Sep. 2nd, 2005 01:40 am (UTC)
its a relief to know that Aidan is feeling better. and you were not over-reacting. its a natural reaction to be worried for your child in such a manner.
ickleoriental
Sep. 2nd, 2005 01:44 am (UTC)
Now I know how you must feel after I split my forehead open when I was three and my mother rushed me to the hospital..

I'm so glad Aiden's alright. Poor baby! He sounded like he was so stunned and afraid that he was in trouble after he fell, that he had to get permission to let go and just cry. Poor sweetheart. He must have been really upset about the fall too. Do you know why he vomitted though?

Keep us updated. He's got a wonderful mum so he's going to be fine!
angeliatay
Sep. 2nd, 2005 02:33 pm (UTC)
man..if aidan's accident was like yours, i probably would have been more frantic. Your parents must have been worried sick!

He vomitted because my in-laws fed him after the fall..Doc said that we should never feed a child after he had a trauma like this..
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terminalcase42
Sep. 2nd, 2005 01:45 am (UTC)
Thank goodness he's okay! And no, you definitely did not overreact. Your in-laws should have called you to tell you. But you know how it is; the members of the older generation still want to hang on to the appearance of knowing better than you, so they don't necessarily want to highlight the fact that something bad happened on ther watch. I've encountered it too.

The nausea and general 'blurness' seem to point to a concussion. That's exactly what I experienced when I fell and collided with someone else's head onstage once. He should be fine in a day or two.

So relieved for you...
burbur
Sep. 2nd, 2005 01:50 am (UTC)
now i wish i'd bought that helmet for him.
i'm glad he's alright though *hugs*
give his balookoo a kiss for me, kay?
(Anonymous)
Sep. 2nd, 2005 01:53 am (UTC)
So glad to hear that Aidan is okay. The poor boy must have a terrible shock (you too huh). I don't think you are over-reacting. Last week, Zach roll off from our bed and hubby's face was as white as a sheet. It is nature for us parents to feel worried. ~Doreen~
myeisha_l
Sep. 2nd, 2005 01:54 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear about this. You did the right thing by bringing him to the hospital for a check. Am relief to hear that Aidan is ok now and I hope you will never feel this way again too. take care.
alisonrae
Sep. 2nd, 2005 02:02 am (UTC)
Oh no. Poor Aidan. And poor you! *hugs* You did the right thing by preventing him from nodding off to sleep. Guess he won't be climbing on his bike again.
(Anonymous)
Sep. 2nd, 2005 02:04 am (UTC)
My heart skip a bit as i read what happened..boy..so glad that he's okay now. Don't worry i'm sure he'll be fine after today. And you're definitely not over-reacting..that's normal reaction of us parents:)- Eileen
angeliatay
Sep. 3rd, 2005 09:07 am (UTC)
thanks Eileen..and yeah, he's fine now..and am so relieved. I guess as parents,we do tend to be easily worried..
ngader
Sep. 2nd, 2005 02:10 am (UTC)
Phew!

Right on about bringing the child to hospital.
squarenails
Sep. 2nd, 2005 02:19 am (UTC)
OMG! you must have had such a rough night!
poor dear aidan. i know what you mean about the part where he's nodding off to sleep and you're worried- on TV, they always tell those concussed people not to fall asleep, to keep asking them their name, their address, their age.
thank goodness he's all right now.
hope mommy and daddy are all right too.
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