Our morning started out just like any other morning. We had breakfast. We were playing. Little MPB climbed up some furniture, as he is known to (in fact daycare has two nicknames for him – Mr. Mellow and Mr. Climber).
While I took Little MPB down from the highest point and told him it isn’t safe to climb so high, Mr. MPB and I commented that at naptime we were going to rearrange the furniture to prevent Little MPB from climbing that high.
We continued to play. Little MPB climbed up some furniture again.
He reached for something. Mr. MPB and I both saw what was about to happen and we both instantly leapt up.
Neither of us made it in time.
Little MPB fell through the air. The top of his head hit the ground first, followed by his neck twisting in a very unnatural way. Then, the remainder of his little body crumpled to the ground.
Mr. MPB instantly was over top of him, holding his neck and head as to ensure he couldn’t move and potentially hurt himself further. With a head and neck injury we weren’t taking any risks.
I was on the phone to 911.
Little MPB was screaming, blood curdling screams.
The EMS arrived and relieved Mr. MPB and took over. Little MPB’s vitals were good. His neck appeared okay, but they weren’t positive, he needed to go to the hospital.
They loaded Little MPB into the ambulance, I sat at his side for his first (and hopefully last) ambulance ride. Mr. MPB followed in a separate vehicle.
We went straight to the nearest children’s hospital. They checked him out and kept him for observations for a few hours. We were given instructions for detecting a concussion in Little MPB over the next few days and were given instructions to follow depending on what symptoms he displays. We were told when to bring him back. Although unlikely, we were also told when to call an ambulance to bring him back in vs driving him ourselves. We were also told to limit his activity for the remainder of the long weekend. In the end, the ER doctor very nicely said:
Little MPB is going to be just fine. You and Mr. MPB have probably aged 10 years today, but you will be fine too.
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