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My baby girl is badass. 
6th-Oct-2009 01:19 pm
Boondock/can't believe
So I'm typing up my morning post, and the phone rings. Watertown PD. Saying "Your daughter was hit by a car."

If that can just please never happen again? Thanks.

She was walking to school. She was crossing in the crosswalk, with the signal (because she has been raised right) right after the intersection of Orchard and Common - a straight part of the road, very clear crosswalk, in the school zone. The guy tried to brake, she says, but couldn't stop fast enough. Hit her on the left side.

She flew a little bit. Few feet? I don't know exactly. That part's a little vague for her. The driver pulled over. There were witnesses at the convenience store; cops were called. One of her classmates had been walking behind her and ran to the school, and by the time the school's WPD liaison and her vice principal got there, there were already cops everywhere. One was holding her head. There was a blood pool. Scalp laceration about two, two and a half inches long. She was talking, articulate and lucid - except that she kept insisting that she could walk and that none of this fuss was necessary and she needed to get to school.

Bruises and abrasions on her back, her left elbow, above her left hip. Lots of blood from the head wound.

She said the EMTs were bored, because usually they have to talk people down; she was totally calm and quiet after being told that no, she really was not going to school today, and that they understood that she didn't see the need for the ambulance ride, but they really had to do it. They said they're used to people in a lot less pain kicking up a lot more fuss.

The WPD liaison and the vice principal picked me up and gave me a ride to the hospital; I missed her initial triage and ultrasound, but was there for everything else. CT scan, X-rays, bloodwork, urinalysis. No broken bones. No internal bleeding. Eight staples in her head. He let her keep the disposable staple gun.

Everyone there was terribly impressed with her stoicism, then her sense of humor, and her general curiosity about the goings-on. Charmed the whole ER, she did. And there was a general bemused disbelief that this kid actually did not want to milk the car accident for a week off from school.

lynxreign picked us up, having just dropped emilytheslayer off for work across the street.

Casualties to her belongings: Glasses snapped right in half. Backpack strap is broken. Shirt had to be cut off. Everything else is okay. And the driver was clearly 100% at fault, so he will be paying for all of that, thank you very much.

...this could have been so much worse. This could have been so, so much worse.

She's okay. Shaken up, but in surprisingly good spirits for all of that. She'll get the staples out in ten days. She'll be fine.

She could so easily not have been fine.

So yeah. My daughter is totally badass. And she's going to be okay.
Comments 
6th-Oct-2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear she's well. Good thoughts for you and your family.
6th-Oct-2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
You raised a good one. Glad she's okay.

Also, kind of surprised the driver hasn't spontaneously combusted from the total internet force of "He did what?!"

Edited at 2009-10-06 05:45 pm (UTC)
6th-Oct-2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
Awesome mental image. Thanks!
6th-Oct-2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
Definitely a horrifying phone call to receive. I am so glad to hear she is ok, and you have quite the kickass daughter there. :)
6th-Oct-2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
::hugs::

6th-Oct-2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
Now that we've established that she's okay...how are you? Because I detect a distinct note of "Brave Little Toaster" in this post. And my own mommy experiences with ER trips tells me that you really want to flail right now.

Edited at 2009-10-06 05:45 pm (UTC)
6th-Oct-2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
She just left with Adam to get new glasses. I can flail now.

Holy fuck my baby could have died.

I managed to go all day not losing my shit. Including keeping my voice and face calm and level with they were poking around with gobbets of scalp hanging off. Agh.

But yeah. All these "I will not lose my shit" moments, like when I grabbed her backpack and the cop said "careful, there's still blood on that." And when I thought of her lying alone and hurt and scared on the street. And now that she's not in the same room as me, I'm shaking like a leaf.
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6th-Oct-2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
Thank goodness she's all right. And how are you and Adam doing?
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6th-Oct-2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
Glad she's okay. I had to spend a day in the hospital after my little incident.

Give her a (gentle) hug for me. And give yourself one, too.
6th-Oct-2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
Elayna, the badass.

If anyone ever has to get a call like that, that's the way you want it to play out.

*massive hugs all around*

Much love, you guys. Much love.
6th-Oct-2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad she's okay!!
It could have been far far worse, and just thankful it wasn't.
6th-Oct-2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
Yeek. Man. SO GLAD Elayna is more-or-less fine (although I'll second those saying "Walking tomorrow is gonna suck"). Hope you manage to get some down time to process and flail. *hugs*
6th-Oct-2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
Very very glad that she has been well-taken care of. And that the driver stopped. And that nothing serious is wrong. And now take care of you -- this can not have been the least stressful thing imaginable for you to have to experience.
6th-Oct-2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
Wow. That's my old bus stop from high school.

Kids on the bus used to yell at and threaten people who didn't understand the "stop for a school bus with flashing lights" thing.

Glad to hear she's okay.
6th-Oct-2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
*lets out the breath finally*

*cuddle*
*pet*
6th-Oct-2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
AAAA. Thank goodness she's OK.
6th-Oct-2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear everyone's as ok as possible.
6th-Oct-2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
Oh my freakin' god!!!! I am so glad she is ok!!!! (relatively speaking, of course!). What a great kid!

Holy crap, I can't imagine getting that phone call. I think I'd age 10 years right there.

Wishing her speedy healing, wishing the driver 1000 curses, and wishing you peace and comfort with your baby girl.
6th-Oct-2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
So glad she is going to be fine! How terribly terribly frightening.
6th-Oct-2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
Oh god, I teared up just reading your description! What a brave, amazing daughter you have! I'm so glad she's going to be okay!
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6th-Oct-2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
If it will, I will totally make it into one for her.
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6th-Oct-2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
Very glad to hear that.

Go Elayna.

And go you for surviving that.
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6th-Oct-2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
Very grateful that she is o.k., and it was not worse.

Bless you all.
6th-Oct-2009 06:09 pm (UTC)
So glad she's gonna be fine.

You have raised a totally amazing kid.

(But of course, you already knew that.)
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