The Culprits

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Titus' 1st ER Trip

Last night, around 10 pm, the boys were all wrestling around, when someone landed on Titus. He cried for a couple minutes, but seemed fine.........until I put him down. His right foot was hurt & he couldn't walk on it. It didn't hurt him unless he was standing on it. Then he would collapse. It was really sad. I didn't take him to the ER until today. I just wanted to see if it would get better over night. It didn't. I was in the bathroom when he got out of bed this morning. I heard him crying, saying, "Foot-hurt! Foot-hurt!" I came out to get him. He was standing on the floor, holding on to the foot board of his bed for support. He couldn't go anywhere. So I took the kids to church.........& then to the ER. Justin had to work today so I was on my own. The boys were all really good however. It wasn't too horribly stressful. Seth was extremely helpful as always. It helped that the room had a TV in it. The wait wasn't very long either. The Dr came in & asked what had happened. We explained. He looked around at all of the boys in the room... and just nodded. I got the feeling that even if I'd brought Titus in bleeding from the head with two black eyes & bruises all over his body, he still would have looked around at all the boys.... and just nodded. The Dr wanted to see Titus try to walk to me.........and of course...........he did, the little goof. First time all day. Made a liar out of me. Brother. But then he did collapse after taking a couple more steps, so I was vindicated. However, that tells me he's already doing somewhat better! He couldn't even take one step just hours before. It must have been a slow ER day because nurses kept coming by to look at all my boys. They brought the X-ray machine right into the room. Titus was nervous about all of us going out of the room & leaving him alone with the tech. But as soon as the tech brought the machine close to him, he was extremely intrigued with the whole process. It was decided that he didn't have an obvious break, but the Dr thought he probably did have a little fracture. He put Titus in a splint, which Titus was not happy about. He wanted that thing off STAT.  But, now that we're home & he's had a nap, he's doing fine with it. He's crawling around like a champ & adjusting to life as a cripple. The splint can come off in a few days. I have a good feeling that he'll already be better by then. Just in time to run around during next week's camping trip! No real harm done.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Picture Day

The Latest:

* Emily came home from Seattle. Yeah! We're all so glad she's home.

* Seth turned 12 on August 31. He was so happy Emily was home in time for his birthday.

* We started school a couple weeks ago. It's been somewhat of a slow start, but we're picking up speed.

* Last week a nice little stomach bug went around the family & a good percentage of the kids caught it. Deborah, Emily & I all had it as well. Fun times.

* Yesterday Emily decided that we should all go to the park & take pictures of the kids. Emily took the most pictures & probably got lots of good ones. I got a few cute ones myself as you can see. The kids were all pretty well behaved for the most part, until the end. They started getting a little antsy. Trying to get 7 little kids to hold still for pictures is pretty much a pointless undertaking. Not too many things went wrong however. Olivia only fell in the mud once. That upset her, so Deb picked her up to comfort her, wearing white pants. What a nice mommy, sacrificing her pants to console her baby. I wasn't as nice when Olivia got herself into a little predicament (see the pictures to your right) & I had to snap a picture of it before rescuing her. And, really, I didn't rescue her because she fell before I got to her. Don't worry, it was only a six inch drop into soft dirt, though SHE probably didn't know that. She WAS pretty terrified hanging there. Poor thing. In my defense, I did pick her up & hug her after she fell. Of course, I was laughing at her..........but she was cool with that. Jarod & Micah climbed to the very top of a tree & I didn't take a picture of that. It was a little more than a six-inch drop, and I really didn't want to catch their deaths on camera. I just yelled at them to get down. The reason the girls are crying in the pictures? That was towards the end of our fun picture-taking time & the kids were quickly fizzling out. Emily & Deborah were kindly asking the kids to "SMILE AND SAY CHEESE ALREADY, DANG IT!!!" They decided, for some reason, that that wasn't very good motivation for the kids to smile, so they started singing the Veggie-Tale's classic song, "God is Bigger Than the Boogie Man" & tried to get the kids to be happy & sing along. It came out a little more grumpy & scary-sounding than it was supposed to. Strangely, it didn't have the desired effect. (Deb & Em's voices did blend nicely, however.) I think that's when we decided that picture day was coming to a close. We got a few more cute candid shots & let the kids run around a bit. Sarah bought everyone happy meals at McDonald's (I ate my 2nd big & tasty cheese burger of the day. I really like cheese burgers right now.) & we called it a day.