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.