What a strange strange day I have had...
We had a child sleep over last night. Call her Lena...well all the children went to the football field and played as Steve and I walked the track around them. They played soccer with abandon until we took all three of them for ice cream. Dove with her Special needs feels nothing...she was walking toward us to leave and sat on the grass..."honey she's hurt" say I. "no she just does not want to leave" the daddy man replies. "no, my antenna is up, shes hurt" I repeated.
We walk to her and she has busted open both of her big toe nails, BLEEDING! She did not even know it until the fun was over. She has the sensory integration stuff. Her neurons just do not process pain normally. She knew something was wrong with her toes but it just did not register. She gets up and walks to the car "oh I'm alright" she said. Steve said "no honey your not alright your toes are hurt.
She was not even phased!
This the next day now...While the kids were riding a neighborhood boy stops by and Dash said "mom He's hurt his arm". This the child call him Gary is the kid that plays with ours regularly. So I give him first aid on a half dollar size road rash on his elbow.
Steve and I are sitting on the front porch, as our windshield is being replaced (it was damaged) no big deal. We were however outside. Kids riding bikes helmets on. Then a screaming Lena (call her) is major red in the face as Steve and I are trying to understand what happened. Her and Dove got on a bike tandem (the grand mother had just told Lena not to do so before she came here the night before). Lena's foot got caught in the front tire spokes. BARE FOOT! She tore all of the flesh off of the big toe and the next two toes from tip under to the pad of foot. Just skinned it almost to bone. First aid being done and the child trying to get a parent to come. After a half hour to 45min. The mother comes at the same time the grandpa pulls up. The Mother a VERY stressed out single mom. She had to leave work where it is so strict that points are given against them. The Grandpa lovingly walks up to pick Lina up and carry her to his truck. Steve took the child as the elder had no business carrying her. The Mother walks up NO JOKE yells at the child "I had 1 & 1/2 taken against me!" The grandpa said "STOP!" to her.
Steve carries Lena over to the grandpa's truck and they are off to the hospital.
Now meanwhile Dove is hiding up in the attic! We found her then in the computer room all red faced not willing to accept any words or comfort "I'm fine"!
So I told Steve we have to shut her off so she will feel her feelings. Get ready for a battle. Even if shes gets angry she will at least feel and stop stuffing it. She gave us a little grief. Then we feed her. Mean while I did some first aide on those toes of hers.
Now all this time Dash is down at Garry's house. I get him home and feed him and then let him return.
Before he leaves he said "be careful mom"
All of this in oh 45 minutes time or so. Then while moments later sitting at my vanity gromming I hear an ambulance. Strange feeling came over me like it was an old ice cream truck and I listened and gradually it came closer and closer. I flew up and out the door yelling for Steve to come fast! The police two cares come after the fire engine, then two ambulance. I am walking as fast as possible now.
Neighbors came out and ask of me and I just said "my boys down there".
I round the corner and knowing that Garry's Grandparents lived near by not sure what house was theirs I ring the bell at Garry's house and asked. Indeed it was at Garry's Mothers', Mothers that the emergency was happening. Garry's mom comes out and I asked if she wanted me to say with her she asked me too. We walked together and entered to find that Garry's Grandpa was Dead!
|They will have to deal with this within the next few hours|
I stayed as Steve took Garry and our kids back to our house. Steve overheard the paramedics say they were trying to revive him. So Steve explained to asking children what that meant. Meanwhile I am there at the home of the grandparents praying over all the folks at tasks. Just standing there praying. The police man recognized me from when they arrested the man who had robbed a neighbors house. Same officer. So he and I speak and I tell him of how much I have personally prayed for him as well. After our interactions of past I have often thought of the officers and prayed for the safety. So all this is going on and once I get a parent to tell Gary I could then leave. For I knew not to return home to inquisitive kids. We will keep Gary a day or two. Gary is a Special Needs kid. He is ADHD BIG TIME! I think the child also may have mild autism.
The children are playing I am stunned and sorta standing on holy ground. The way I was drawn and called into the events of the last 6 hours amaze me. We are still awaiting news on Lena's foot. That poor child just begged "I want my mom" and when the mom got here not an ounce of empathy or tenderness. I held that baby's face in her grandpas truck and told her she did nothing wrong. That her mom is just stressed out. That she is worthy so to speak of all the love and kindness. I told her I loved her and they were off. She is still at hospital 5 hours later now.