Well, I was back in the emergency room tonight (the 15th)…with Nate. And, it was the result of a bike wreck. He was riding his bike down our driveway and hit loose gravel. He ended up in the middle of our street, which can be quite busy, looking dazed and confused and asking me what had happened. I had taken Rob to Memphis today for a spine clinic appointment and we had just gotten home from picking up the kids at Stuart & Michelle’s. I was getting Rob settled in the house when Stephen ran to the door screaming and crying and telling Betsy to get me. I sprinted down our large front yard to find Nate in the street. He was asking me what happened and was obviously confused and staggering around. His pupils were dilated.
I got him into the house, where Robbie and I began to ask him questions. He could remember his name, birthday, address, phone numbers, etc., but couldn’t remember where he’d been today or what he’d done. He kept asking us what happened and telling us he was scared. We were, too. Neither Rob nor I could believe this was happening again. We decided Nate should go to the ER because it seemed he had a concussion.
The hard part about this is that he didn’t put on a helmet because he couldn’t find it. He thought he’d be ok just for a few minutes. I will admit that I was so angry with him at first I could barely control myself, but he kept asking me over and over to please forgive him even though he couldn’t really remember what had happened. I guess by my reactions he knew he had done something wrong.
We got to the ER and my dad met us there. I promptly went to the restroom where I was sick. I am just 3 days past a month ago being in the same ER with Robbie. They assessed Nate and took him back. The nurse who admitted him even remembered Rob’s accident. They put us in the same family waiting area where I sat on Aug. 12th. It was by God’s grace I didn’t get sick right there. By this time, Stuart had come up to the hospital to check on us and Robbie’s mom was at the house helping Stephen, Betsy, and him.
They took us to a room, where the doctor examined Nate. He still didn’t know what day it was or why he was there (he could tell me the square root of 144 and the capital of Kentucky, though). My dad was still with me and my brother came, too. They took him back for a CT scan and neck x-ray. Both returned normal, and by the time we left the ER 4 hours later, he could remember details about his day and was coming back to his old self again. The same nurse who discharged Robbie to The Med discharged Nate tonight and asked how Rob was doing. We left with a prescription for pain – he’s got a big knot on his head and his neck is sore. He is now in the bed with Robbie so that they are both in one place and easy for me to tend to. I’m sleeping in the chair in our bedroom tonight.
I am so grateful to God for protecting Nate. We did have a long talk with Dad when we got home and we think he’s learned his lesson. I won’t berate him because he is very, very repentant. It’s going to take me a day or two to get over this, though. Nate is a sweet boy and we love him so much. I do not understand why it happened, especially now, but I have to choose to trust that God is still in control and still holding us in His hands.
As far as Rob’s appointment today, he is progressing well but will still be in his back brace for a couple more months. The injury to his spine is in the area where it is connected to the ribcage, so it is very important. Right now it is still at a slight angle, and more time with the brace will help it straighten up. Please pray that it will straigten correctly and he won’t need surgery to put a rod in. The neurosurgeon doesn’t expect that to happen, and we want to pray for a clean healing there. She did tell him that he would be able to run and ride a bike again, which was encouraging to him. I, however, have put the kibosh on bike riding around here for awhile.
Thank you for your continued prayers. Please mention Nate along with Robbie for the next few days. He is resting now and maybe we will all get a good night’s sleep. God bless.