Thursday, December 3, 2009
Close to Nowhere
Holiday ER visit, again
I’ve always loved to read Erma Bombeck. In so many ways, she and I lived the same lives — chaotic!
Her lament at the holidays was generally about knowing all the phone numbers of pharmacies, etc. that were open or would open for medical emergencies. Holidays at the Bombeck household almost always involved medical emergencies.
It works that way at the two houses down in our patch of woods.
The particularly nasty head cold that’s going around has already been through most of us. Apparently, the only one left was our daughter Dana, who was fortunate enough to be dog sick over the holidays.
Since she was also the last one to get it, she also didn’t get any sympathy. There’s rarely any of that left for the last one to be sick!
I was surprised Wednesday morning that she felt well enough to go horseback riding with Grace and Mere.
I wasn’t all that surprised when she came through the carport door holding Mere up — Mere looked like she’d been thrown from her horse. Guess what? She had!
Never mind that Dana is a pediatric recovery room nurse at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Or that she has a long string of letters after her RN, relating to what all she’s certified to do with children in the hospital.
Pop and I still want to shove her out of the way and take over. After all, we’re grandparents! And, we’ve been through all this before, as Dana was frequently banging herself up as a youngster. I made more than my share of trips to the emergency room with her and her little brother!
Come to think of it, Dana’s still getting banged up all the time...
But this particular Wednesday, it was Mere’s turn. She’d been telling us that her horse had been acting up the past couple weeks. Since we’ve had Athena six years and she’s a fat, lazy slowpoke, we didn’t pay Mere much attention.
So, it was a real shocker when ’Thena turned into a rodeo horse and bucked Mere right off. Grace said Mere flew up in an arc and came down smack on her shoulder, nicely breaking her collarbone.
When Mere was grumping as we were leaving the ER about having nothing to be thankful for, her mom snapped right back at her!
“You can be thankful you didn’t break your neck!”
I’m thankful Dana makes them wear helmets!
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