October 11th, 2013 is only ONE day shy of my 2 year anniversary from being hit by a truck. Now my son Elijah will have a day in which he won't ever forget either.
Friday morning before sending Elijah and Caden off to school I explained to them how dangerous dirtbikes and four wheelers are. How I knew several who have died from accidents involving those off road vehicles. I knew they were heading to a friends house after school and both of those would probably be used. I am certain I had put a little fear into Caden, and was hoping Elijah was listening with both ears. My last words that morning to my sons were "I love you. Have a fun time at your friends house, but come home alive and in one piece". I shut the door as they walked out to their ride and felt a pit in my stomach. Something wasn't right, BUT I figured it was just me being an over reactive mother and being paranoid since this was their first time alone doing these sorts of activities. The day went on.....and then at 3:45pm the phone rings. I look at the caller ID and instantly knew something had happened. It was the parents name on that caller ID. I answered the phone with a HELLO?????? Knowing good and well something was wrong. I was told "Elijah has been in a dirtbike accident and he is being taken by ambulance to St. E hospital". I proceeded to ask questions and quickly hung up. Time to find someone to watch my other children!!! Finally getting ahold of my grandmother(after several other people I tried), she was able to rush over and stay with my two youngest. I called my MIL and she met me and drove me to the hospital thankfully because by then I was pretty shaken up. All I knew at that point was that most likely Elijah had two broken arms and maybe a broken leg?? Knew nothing of internal injuries, or head injuries so my mind was all over the place.
As I walked into the ER, my son says to me "mom, we traded places". Im pretty sure no mother wants to hear those words, but it was all to true. This is what I saw when I walked in. He was very medicated at this point so he looks pretty comfortable.
NOTE: I should mention that at this time(18 days post accident) that Elijah can transfer himself pretty much from chair to couch to bed. He can wheel himself around the house on his own with his right leg. He can do his homework and all his swelling is gone. We hope to send him to school this Friday:). Our biggest issue is the use of a restroom at this point:)