Wednesday, 25 February 2009

ER Visit with Grace

Yesterday, while Mom and Dad were at chemo, Grace fell and gashed her forehead pretty bad. She came to me, covered in blood and blood still gushing from her head. I realized that head injuries tend to bleed a lot but I also felt that this was a bad one!

Thankfully, Mrs. Raymond was here dropping off a dinner for our family and offered to help in any way. After talking to my mom on the phone, we decided to take her to the ER. So, we scooped her up and Mrs. Raymond drove us to the ER. We arrived, and the waiting room was pretty full--what's new for Mary Bridge! I had to deal with a bureaucratic check-in woman who was really rude--I was already pretty worked up and she made things so much worse! We then waited for an hour, the whole time getting stares. I am sure people were wondering how we were all related and why is that woman wearing an apron! In all the hurry, Mrs. Raymond was still wearing her apron!

We were then called back for vitals and saw the triage nurse, who thought I was Gracie's Mom. : ) She told us it would be a long wait, but 20 min later they took us back to a room. We then saw another nurse who checked her all out and put some numbing medicine on the wound. She told us it had to sit there for 20 minutes. She asked Grace if she had taken anything and Grace informed her she had taken some Arnica. I was cringing--knowing that homeopathic doesn't go over too well in the hospital. The nurse told her that it was great stuff and had been telling someone about it just recently. I was so thankful! A few minutes later, a student came in and did the same examinations and asked all the same questions--"How did this happen?" "Are you Mom (to me)?" "Where is Grace's Mom?" I don't know how many people listened to Grace's heart, examined her body and asked her how she got her cut. She was an excellent trooper and let everyone poke and prod! I felt like telling them to leave the poor girl alone! After everything she already went through, she did not need everyone bothering her.

About an hour later, the Dr. finally came in with the student. Turns out the Dr. was one we had seen years before--that trip she asked Mom and I if we were Amish! :) I am sure she again thought something was wrong with us. You probably don't see ladies in skirts and modest dress in the ER very often! After the string of questions again and wondering how I could be the sister when we looked so much alike, (I felt like giving them a little lesson on genetics--sisters have the exact same genetic make-up, whereas the mother would only have half the same genetics as the daughter. So, there is a pretty good chance that sisters would look alike! ) and comments on how Grace is so adorable, they finally put their stuff together and got down to business.

Grace is so highly sensitive and I am sure some of the numbing medicine had worn off because of the length of time, so each time they tried to irrigate, she would jump. They paused the irrigation and injected more numbing medication. After that she seemed to not feel as much. The Dr. pulled out all her supplies and sewed up the wound. It took eight stitches and Grace was pretty worn out when everything was done. The Dr. told me to apply Arnica oil, which I could purchase at a health food store, and Basatracin to the wound as much as possibly. She told me the oil is really healing and should help with the scar! So, perhaps the medical community is now seeing some good in the homeopathic remedies! The Dr. offered stickers--wondered if she would like Dora or Scooby Doo stickers. Grace looked at her blankly and said she didn't know. The Dr. asked if she watched TV, I told her no. Grace was then offered an Otter Pop, which she refused and the Dr. mentioned how she was a strange child! :) So here we were, a cute little girl who does not watch TV, refuses popsicles and was extremely polite, coming to the hospital with her sister who was wearing a skirt and was femininely and modestly dressed and the family friend who was also modestly dressed and wearing an apron! I was wondering what they all thought!

I was so thankful to be done and walk out of there! I really hate the hospital and don't like spending any time there at all. I now have another story to tell and it was some really good bonding time for Grace and I. It was a challenge to overcome my fear of blood and injury, but as I look back on everything, I realize I was operating on adrenalin and the strength of the Lord. He is able to give us grace and strength to address any situation.

Friday, 13 February 2009

Tagged: Movie Quotes

Melissa tagged me awhile ago. Here are some movie quotes. Hope you all can figure them out!

1. Pick 15 of your favorite movies.
2. Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. When someone guesses correctly, write the name of the movie above the quote.
5. NO Googling, using IMDb search, or other search functions.
6. Tag 5 people.

Casablanca ~ Cassie
#1 1st person: [laughs ironically] With the whole world crumbling, we pick this time to fall in love.
2nd person: Yeah, it's pretty bad timing. Where were you, say, ten years ago?
1st person: [trying to be cheerful] Ten years ago? Well, let's see... [remembers, smiles]
1st person: Oh, yes, I was having a brace put on my teeth. Where were you?
2nd person: Looking for a job.

Pride and Prejudice ~ Britty Mac
#2 It's been many years since I had such an exemplary vegetable.

Sense and Sensibility ~ Britty Mac
#3 1st sister: Come, I'm taking you on a walk.
2nd sister: No, I've been on a walk.
1st sister: You need another.
2nd sister: It's going to rain.
1st sister: It is NOT going to rain.
2nd sister: You ALWAYS say that, and then it ALWAYS does.

#4 It's your wedding day - I agree with everything you say.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington ~ SamuelY
#5 I wouldn't give you two cents for all your fancy rules if, behind them, they didn't have a little bit of plain, ordinary, everyday kindness and a little looking out for the other fella, too.

Wives and Daughters ~ Britty Mac
#6 Suitor: Then may I come to the house? Just once?
Father: No definitely not and there I come in as a doctor as well as a father. No.
Suitor: Then if I don't come back I shall haunt you for having been so cruel.
Father: Come, I like that. Give me a wise man of science in love. No-one to beat him for folly.

#7 But remember, with strength goes responsibility - to others and to yourselves. For you cannot conquer injustice with more injustice - only with justice and the help of God.

Anne of Green Gables ~ Britty Mac
#8 1st friend: Wilt thou give me a lock of thy jet-black tresses?
2nd friend: But I don't have any black dresses.
1st friend: Your hair.
2nd friend: All right.

Quiet Man ~ SamuelY and Samantha
#9 Well, then. Now. I'll begin at the beginnin'. A fine soft day in the spring, it was, when the train pulled into Castletown, three hours late as usual, and himself got off. He didn't have the look of an American tourist at all about him. Not a camera on him; what was worse, not even a fishin' rod.

Singin' in the Rain ~ Britty Mac
#10 What's wrong with the way I talk? What's the big idea? Am I dumb or something?

Fiddler on the Roof ~ Melissa
#11 Well, yes. Yes, everything's political. Like everything else, the relationship between a man and a woman has a socioeconomic base. Marriage must be founded on mutual beliefs. A common attitude and philosophy towards society...

My Fair Lady ~ SamuelY and Samantha
#12 It's the new small talk. You do it so awfully well.

#13 I know how comfortable it is to curl up with a nice, fat book full of big words and think you're going to solve all the problems in the universe. But you're not, you know. A bit of action is required every now and then.

Ratatouille ~ GraydonL
#14 Food is fuel. You get picky about what you put in the tank, your engine is gonna die. Now shut up and eat your garbage.

Man Who Shot Liberty Vallance ~ Mrs. Bryan and My mom
#15 cowboy: Well, now; I wonder what scared 'em off?
newspaper man: You know what scared 'em - the spectacle of law and order here, risin' up out of the gravy and the mashed potatoes.