Thanks for all of the good wishes. I am feeling better every day, but I’m not quite at 100% yet. I worked half-days on Thursday and Friday, but I’ve just been really tired. I guess it takes a lot for a body to recover from a trauma like this.
I was telling a couple of people the other day how I saw a bright side in this scenario in that we got to test out our local emergency room. I didn’t think twice about where I was heading on Monday because I know we have a well-respected hospital right down the street from us. It is definitely the closest emergency room, and we hear ambulances driving by all of the time, presumably headed to that ER. But, there’s nothing like a good medical emergency to actually put an ER to the test! I was very pleased with my experience there. The facilities were nice, the people were friendly and caring, the service was prompt (limited waiting time and the speed with which I was seen by a doctor, meds were administered, etc.), and I felt like I received quality medical care. So, I figure it was good to put this ER to the test before we need to take a child with a broken arm or a baby with a really high fever in the middle of the night. I guess I’m just thinking that I am glad to have myself be the test case instead of our future child.
This whole scenario also got me thinking a lot about what we will do in case of future emergencies. I am 99.9% certain that I would not have been able to take care of a child in my condition on Monday. I suppose there is a point where a mother’s adrenaline kicks in, but I was in such pain and I was fairly out of it, so I don’t know how I could have cared for anyone. Also, if I had to take a child with me to the emergency room, what would I do? While in my haze I was apparently willing to put myself into a car… but would I have put my child into it with me? Maybe that’s where my common sense would have kicked in and I would have known that I shouldn’t have been driving. Now, I’m not expecting this to happen again (please don’t let this happen again!), but it just got me thinking. We all know these types of illnesses or injuries happen from time to time.
Part of our challenge is that Craig works about 30 miles away from our house. It takes him close to 45 minutes each way in his commute. He is also hard to reach while at work, so it’s not like I can call him and have him home in a few minutes. If he were ever home and needing to reach me, I work a lot closer and am easier to reach, so at least that’s a better scenario.
I know if my parents or siblings were nearby, I would not hesitate to call them for help. I would have called my mom in a heartbeat on Monday morning had she not been hours away. Unfortunately, we do not have any family near us. So, without that immediate line of back-up in place, we need to think about who else we would call for help in case of emergency. We certainly have friends and neighbors around, but then I worry about not wanting to inconvenience anyone. (Which is silly, really, because if any of them called me for help, of course I would drop everything and get to them – which I know they would do for us as well.) We did call a friend from the ER when we weren’t sure how long I would be there. There wasn’t anyone else available to get Craig’s mom from her chemo treatment, so we knew he had to get to her in Virginia (1.5 hour drive) at some point. And Amy was willing to be on call to come sit with me and/or bring me home if necessary. Thankfully we got home quickly and it wasn’t an issue, but it was good to know we had someone who could help. (Thank you, Amy!)
So, while we wait for our referral, we’ll be doing more thinking about who our back-ups will be. Certainly our good friends are at the top of the list. There is also a retired couple a few houses down who I know has helped out other neighbors with kids, so if push came to shove, I imagine they could stay with a child for a couple of hours if necessary. This incident just brought the issue to light, and it’s good to have time to think and prepare.
What sort of plans do you have in place in case of emergency?