January 13, 2014

Ellie Update

It was an exciting 24hrs for Ellie. First CT scan, first ambulance ride, first staple to the the head. Truly, she thought this whole skull fracture thing was one big vacation. It's not an exaggeration that Joe and I were way more traumatized by this whole event than she was. Just look at her smiling face.
Ellie was disappointed there were no lights and sirens to accompany her ride.
She mostly dozed on the way there - waking to ask the occasional question.
It looks like a spiritual moment, but really it's Joe applying numbing cream to her wound while they both watch cartoons in the Emergency Room.
Happily tucked into bed, with her best buds and a cup of apple juice (at 11pm - why not?)
Check-out time found her lazily playing on Dad's iphone - a luxury if ever there was one.

After writing my cathartic essay and wandering the hospital halls for a little longer, I was finally able to sleep on the convenient (though highly uncomfortable) pull out couch in her room. Early in the morning I heard her voice as she woke up, "This whole TV is for me!" She was totally digging the big screen and would have liked to stay in her cozy hospital bed all day, but wouldn't you know it, less than 24hrs after checking in, we were on our way home!

Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers on Ellie's behalf. We've appreciated so much the phone calls and emails and dinners brought to our house. We're so grateful that everything turned out as well as it did. Her recovery has been nothing short of miraculous. She doesn't suffer from any lingering concussion symptoms and hopefully a follow up x-ray will show that her little bones are going back together just the way they should. Truly, we are very blessed and have been enjoying quiet time as a family even more now that we've had a glimpse of what might have been.

I'll be back blogging soon - I've got lots of posts planned that don't involve any sort of trauma at all. Won't that be a nice change around here?


  1. I am so happy she is ok! I can't even imagine what you were feeling watching everything happen, then waiting to know she was ok. You are all still in our prayers and I hope you are getting more sleep now, it's hard to after such an experience.

  2. Whit - thanks for sharing this! So happy to hear good news, she is so adorable!

  3. I'm so glad to hear it! Glad she was okay, and hope the rest of you recover just as completely from the trauma!

  4. I am so happy to hear that all is going so well! Miracles indeed. It is crazy to think how quickly things happen that make us treasure what we have. I am so very happy for you all.