**WARING**This may be a little GRAPHIC (not in a good way)
We have had one heck of a summer and really it has not been all that fun. To kick off summer my oldest decided he would cool and try to show his friends that he could do Parkour. Have you ever heard of this? It is like an extreme sport with jumps and flips and using buildings, railings, etc. to do cool tricks. You can see some of this here, here, and here. So let’s keep in mind that my teenager has NO training what-so-ever!! No gymnastics, no climbing, no nothing. ANYWAY, he couldn’t do it. He fell and hit his head. He was transported to Children’s Mercy where they determined he had a concussion, subdual hemorrhage, and had to get his head stapled back together. He had to spend the night because of the bleed. Then had to have follow-up visits and ct to make sure that everything was okay inside his head. UGH, do you have a teenager?? One thing I learned about kids this summer…
THEIR IQs go DOWN significantly in groups. Alone they can be the smartest kid in the world but in a group there is not much flexing of the most important muscle. So that was summer vacation day 3 (or 4). He was not allowed to do swimming or any other activity due to his concussion for a minimum of 2 weeks. It really set the mood.
Then my husband was FINALLY able to schedule his back surgery. We had been waiting about 2 years for it to get scheduled.
At the beginning of July I started RUSHING around trying to get everything done before the surgery. I decided that I would redo 3 room in 2 weeks and have a garage sale to get rid of unwanted misc. junk. Well, for about a week I was on a role!! Garage sale day came and something hit me. I felt terrible and was in a ton of pain. They checked my appendix but said it was normal. They told me to check with my OB. Grrrrr…for I week I dealt with pain and could not take it any longer. OB said that I had more complications from Munchkin Faces birth (did you read about it? You can read all about here) and needed to have surgery again. So Monday my husband had back surgery and Thursday I had to have surgery to try to repair residual damage. Well, they were not able to repair anything and everything that was left came out along with my appendix that was looking like it was on it’s last leg.
This week was the first week my husband went back to work.I got up early before his flight and went to the store for groceries and a new movie; THE LORAX. We were having such a great day!!!!
BUT, I am still recovering from surgery, was home alone with the kids and exhausted. I decided we should all go to bed early Tuesday night. The teenager went in to say goodnight to the little dudes. I hear a thud, followed by the teenager screaming for me. AND found bear gushing blood. I picked him up and cleaned him off a little and decided we needed to go to the ER. Off we went. Here is in an ER room waiting to be seen. TWO HOURS and lots of tears and SCREAMING later here he is with 4 stitches giving a a thumbs up so we could text his daddy a pic. Little known fact that when you are carrying a 4-y-o into the ER and are running you may fall. Luckily, my knee and elbow kept Bear from hitting his head and getting even more hurt. Who knew a skinned knee would swell so much. I have not had a skinned knee since I was like 5. AND MY SWOLLEN ELBOW.
Seriously, we cannot catch a break this summer! It has been the MOST EXPENSIVE summer on HISTORY and we did not even go on vacation or anything. Plus, now I get to have fun navigating through Menopause. We still have 5 days left of summer break and I am hoping we all survive.
PRAY for us. PRAY HARD!
So, what did you do this summer??? LOL!