I have been a bit absent from social media this week with the exception of a couple pre-scheduled posts. Why? I’ve been debating all week if I bring it up here and in the end I decided to because, well, what happened was awful and majorly traumatic and I would feel weird going about business as usual and not mentioning anything. On Monday evening I had an accident and fell down our outside concrete stairs landing on my head in the driveway – all while I was holding my sweet baby M. I’ll preface the entire story by telling you we are both now ok. Great even.
We were all headed outside at the same time to eat dinner on our back deck as we’ve done most nights this summer when at home. The way our home is set up, to get outside to the deck you walk out the kitchen door through a screen door that opens on the left, close it, and walk right to get to the back of the house. I don’t even remember, but as I moved aside to let the door close – we fell. Down the stairs landing on the driveway. My husband said I didn’t even use my hands to break the fall because I was holding M and thank God I didn’t!
The next thing I knew I looked up and saw sheer horror on my husband’s face and blood staining the burp cloth I was holding. My husband picked up M and continued feeding him (I was feeding him as we walked outside) to help calm him down and a kind neighbor heard my screams, came running, realized I was the only one bleeding and rushed me to the ER. My husband followed soon-after with both kids and M and I were treated at the hospital.
I’m going to jump to the end of the story and tell you today we are both fine. We’ve seen many doctors, had many (especially M) exams, and our wounds will heal with no complications. No brain injuries. I have stitches in my head and my sweet baby has a small skull fracture. I have a lot of painful cuts and scrapes but thankfully M came out without a scratch.
It’s been a terrifying week. Not only were M and I physically hurt but my husband witnessed the accident and I can’t even imagine how scary that was for him. We think our Z had already turned the corner so she didn’t see it happen but saw the aftermath and was terrified. We talk about it any time she wants and constantly assure her we’re both ok.
So that was our week, thanks for letting me share. The photo above was taken the day after the accident – baby M all smiles as usual! And yes, the screen door was removed the very next day after the accident.
If I know you personally and this is the first you’re hearing of this, I’m sorry – we haven’t had the chance to tell everyone!