Archive for October 2006

Red and Blue Lights at Night.   Leave a comment

We had the dubious opportunity to see our emergency personnel in action early this morning. I awoke to the sound of a thump and went into hyper-mom mode. I knocked my husband out of bed, ran to my daughters’ room and was there in time to see her start to cry, my husband hot on my heels. And then the blood. It took a moment to register just what had happened, we got her on her back, applied pressure to her gaping head wound, and called 911. Heads bleed a lot and this one wasn’t stopping. Within, literally, minutes, two police cars and a fire truck were here. I, in my sweatshirt-over-pjs outfit met the police and firefighters at the door. Yes, it was inside-out and backwards – it was 12:30 am, it was the best I could do. Cool God thing – the first paramedic to go see my little girl was the firefighter who gave us our tour of our fire station (the one down the street) – a familiar face! The ambulance arrived soon after. After seeing the depth of the wound (think “skull”) the paramedics recommended a ride in the ambulance to make sure her neck and back and blood pressure and all were OK. Little girl had by then calmed down and was taking it all in. Evidently that is not a typical reaction of a four year old because one of the paramedics asked what grade she was in school. She thought he was being funny (and, truth be told, so did I).

At the emergency room we saw a nurse and doctor right away – it pays to come in the back door, evidently. We then went through the, hopefully, never to be repeated agony of numbing the wound and then the contrastingly blissful closing. My little girl even told the doctor and nurse “her” joke while he finished her last stitch. Thank you, Lord, for caring, kind, and talented medical professionals! We were in and out of the emergency room in about an hour and a half. That is record time for our family. Then we were home, little one tucked back in bed and my husband and I laying awake, trying to get the adrenalin to stop pumping. Or at least I was, my husband claims I kept waking him up….

Funny thing? My two other girls SLEPT THROUGH THE WHOLE THING. One of them even shares a room with little one. Even when the police officer was in the bedroom shining his flashlight around my daughter only stirred, sighed, and went back to sleep. I woke up this morning to hear my children asking the little one “What happened to you?”

So, the end of our story? Little one is sore, but doing well, please pray for there not to be an infection – that is our biggest concern at the moment.


Posted October 30, 2006 by comomma in family

The Mirror has it in for me.   Leave a comment

am by no means ready to give a demonstration, but I am getting a lot better in my Irish dance class. I had such a fun time and was so thoroughly exhausted. I was able to download a file from my teacher detailing all the steps – so I can practice at home. Funny story – I was at the extreme right of the class, I try to stay out of everyone’s way and “hide,” so I don’t cause problems for the other people, etc. Well, as we were practicing our newest slip jig, I hit the mirror! Not loudly, but I did hit it! So, the subsequent times of practicing the jig I had to do steps but not move forward, in order to avoid my great glass nemesis.

Of course, now that you heard of my depth perception issues, you might not believe that I am getting better…but I am!!

Posted October 25, 2006 by comomma in fun

I could have danced all night.   Leave a comment

I had my first dance class last night. At first I thought I had come to the wrong place. The people in the class all looked so young!   But no, I was in the right class with all the twenty-somethings. The teacher pulled me out to the other studio and taught me the basic steps , and then put me in the other studio with the rest of the class to see those steps on steroids. I can say this for myself. I had the beat down. I’m not sure where my feet were, but I tried very hard to keep them out of everyone’s way. No one was injured by me during the class. So, all in all, it was a success and I look forward to next week. Even though I’m not sure that I remember the homework  dance.

Today it is snowing and my children are ecstatic.  They have big plans of sledding and snow angels. I hope it stays around long enough for them to enjoy it.

Posted October 17, 2006 by comomma in fun

Stepping (or is it jigging?) out of my comfort zone.   Leave a comment

I have signed up for dance lessons. Yes, there are now three Hemphill ladies (young and old) enrolled at the Irish dance school. My middle daughter was, initially, unsure of how this would work out. She was concerned. With her brow furroughed she approached me and said, “It’ll be good to have you in my class, Mommy.” In all seriousness. I assured her that my class was only adults and at night, when no one is watching…

Posted October 5, 2006 by comomma in fun