Friday, November 04, 2005

Making this shorter than it should be . . .

On my way home from work yesterday, I get a call from the babysitter. It's never good when they start off the conversation with "Kenzas ok, but. . ." and "it doesn't look bad to me."

To make this short, Kenza was goofing off with another girl and was hit in the eye by the zipper of her jacket.

Arriving at the emergency room, I was expecting a broken blood vessel or scratched cornea - but noooo. I get oval-shaped pupil, possible detached retina, sitting up and in bed for five days and must see eye surgeon first thing tomorrow. If I hadn't have just seen the movie Million Dollar Baby, I probably wouldn't be freaking out as much about the detached retina part as I am right now.

So today, we are headed to the ophthalmologist to find out the bad news they couldn't give me in the emergency room. I'll update the post later to let everyone know the diagnosis. For now, my daughter is milking this for all the attention she can get . . . and loving it. She insists everyone see her eye. See it. Do all eight year olds think it's cool to gross people out?



This seals the deal about running the half marathon. I'm not. Once I get through this, I will begin my training for Austin. When Michael gets home from his ride this afternoon, I will hit the road or go to the gym and run on the treadmill for a few miles.

23 Comments:

Blogger *jeanne* said...

OMG.
I hope she will be able to heal quickly and completely.
Hang in there.
*jeanne*

8:18 AM  
Blogger Hilda said...

Omg... i hope she is not in bad suffering, as a mother I perfectly can feel her and your pain, really hope she gets better soon.
Incredible how things happen like this, just right now at this moment...
Execising at this moment is good for your mind too, you are very strong you are a runner.

8:46 AM  
Blogger Just12Finish said...

Good luck. Kids are resilient. Hope she gets well soon.

9:03 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

I hope she gets better soon...

9:08 AM  
Blogger Al Carter said...

I hope the opthamologist gives you good nes, I hope her eye gets better soon and I think you made the right decision wrt the half!

9:28 AM  
Blogger LB's Mom & Dad said...

I hope Kenza feels better BUT you know I am a wimp and needed a warning!

9:42 AM  
Blogger Thomas said...

Good God, if this happened to one of my kids I'd be completely freaked out!

10:33 AM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

I hope she's alright.

And yes, kids love to gross people out. My younger brother once had his eye lid ripped open by a dog. He loved closing his eyelids and still being able to see people.

*shudder*

10:56 AM  
Blogger Jon (was) in Michigan said...

YIKES! That looks aweful! Hope she will be alright. Detached retina is not good. But kids heal amazingly fast and things get fixed on them more easily than on older folks.

And let her milk it. She deserves some sympathy for that nasty hit. Poor kid.

11:15 AM  
Blogger E-Speed said...

Oh girl. I am squeamish just thinking about it. I really hope she gets fixed soon!

11:17 AM  
Blogger Flatman said...

Holy S! That looks seriously painful, even if she is goofing off and milking it. My five year old milked us plenty when he fell down the stairs and broke his finger early this year... We had to do EVERYTHING for him. I really hope the opth. gives you good news. Let me know when you hear something. I have the heebie jeebies looking at her eye! I am freaking out and it's YOUR child! I can't imagine how you felt when you first saw it! Forget the half...no big deal. You will rock Austin anyway!

11:31 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

She'll be fine! Doug's niece was playing with a bungee cord (you know those stretchy things with big metal hooks at the end) and it snapped back and got her in the eye. It looked gross for a while, but she's perfectly alright.

11:41 AM  
Blogger sarah said...

yeah, all eight-year-olds like to gross people out. =) it's what they DO.

so does linda, and speaking of linda, i'm surprised she hasn't commented yet.

i hope kenza feels better soon!

12:00 PM  
Blogger Danny said...

not sure why i'm posting this, since you're going to an actual *eye* doctor...

but if she can see normally out of that eye, her retina's probably fine. she has a little blood in the front of her eye, which will go away over the next week or so. the oval pupil is from the muscles around it being torn or in spasm. that usually improves as well, but the ophthalmologist will give you more info. she'll probably get some drops to dilate the eye while they heal.

the main thing is that her vision is ok, which i hope it is, since you haven't mentioned anything about it.

i'll check back later...

12:21 PM  
Blogger marathena said...

Holy Crap Susan!! My goodness that must have been quite a hit!! I am soo sorry about not running the half. You probably made the right decision. You have been so tired and still healing from your virus, marathon and other stress re:Michael's company!! You are dealing with soo much right now!! You need time. We will pick up soon for Austin!! I will be thinking of you both!! Call me if there is anything I can do!!
Karrie

12:46 PM  
Blogger ~The Modern Tragedy said...

ummm...

When I was eight I had 31 stitches on the lower part of my arm from playing in a junk yard and falling on scrap metal. I grossed everyone out, and I used their pitty to my advantage... Your daughter is a genious

2:18 PM  
Blogger nancytoby said...

Yikes! I hope you got a good report at the eye doc!!

4:13 PM  
Blogger Swordspoint said...

COOL!! Just kidding. That's scary! I hope the doctor gave you a good report! Sorry I didn't comment earlier, I have actually been working today!

5:58 PM  
Blogger robtherunner said...

Gifts should be in order for Kenza. I know my daughters would expect something for an accident like that.

6:13 PM  
Blogger CJ said...

Sorry to hear Susan - hope its not as bad as you feared. I think its very wise not to run the half marathon - you were tired anyway. Fingers crossed that everything is ok for kenza.

4:25 AM  
Blogger David said...

I think Amy might remind us again how you milk any good excuse to see a doctor. So Kenza is your daughter and she's milking the injury for sympathy and gross out effect?
Girl knows what she's doing.
Seriously, I hope she mends quickly and you can relax about skipping the half and getting evrything else in order.

7:38 AM  
Blogger BuckeyeRunner said...

Oh Susan! I hope that everything is ok -- What a little trooper she is! You made the right decision about the half. Thinking good thoughts for you and your family...

8:08 AM  
Blogger Julie B said...

I'm so sorry. What a scary telephone call to receive. She will heal quickly and fully.

8:37 AM  

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