Monday and Fridays are my pick up days to get my daughter from school. Well, I picked her up today as usual and of course, my 3 year old is running amuck all over the playground and she of course joins him. Being the Monday before Christmas and the second to last day of school before winter break, I let them play while I visited with another mom. My two and her son were the last three remaining and we were slowly making our way to the parking lot. She and I were talking and the kids were playing on the slide. I remember seeing them climbing up the side- walking sideaways, holding on the side of the slide as they walked up- when all of a sudden, my daughter goes head first, does a complete somersault and lands on her neck/back!
I, of course being the freak that I am, take off. Fortunately, she was only 3-4 steps away from where I was standing. I immediately knelt down as she got on all fours and leaned toward me. I wrapped my arms around her, but could hear her breathing is off. She has always had a history of breathing spells (more on that later, but essentially she held her breath which would cause her to “pass out” from the age of 9 months until just before 4 years).
I wasn’t sure if she was having a breathing spell (even though she hasn’t had one in over a year) or what so I pushed her back away from my chest to look at her and see her eyes going crazy, tongue hanging out of her mouth (totally weird and un-seizure like) and her whole body is seizing. I laid her down, untucked her legs from under her, and just did what I could- waited, ensured she was breathing, and just calling her name until she came out of her seizure. (I am sure it was only a 10 second seizure if not less than, but of course, any mommy will tell you when you watch that in your child, it feels like forever.)
She came out of her seizure and was out of it, but not enough to exclaim “let’s do that again!”. I told her no way and I was taking her into the ER to get checked out. (She wanted to go down the slide one more time!)
At the ER, she was checked out and was perfect. No bumps, bruises, redness or swelling on the head. Nothing broken. She does have a bruise on her thigh from where she landed, but she was in great health! Apparently there are 7 factors that they check and she only met one of them- she fell at least 5 feet (now that I think more about it, I really think it was closer to 6 feet). Because she met that one criteria, they had to do a CT scan which also came back perfect.
Knock on wood, she is okay. She is sore, very sore. Her head hurts, her collarbone hurts, her thigh hurts and her elbows hurt but she is A-Okay! Thank the Lord! She has angels watching over her- I swear!