Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Accident - The Hospital and Her Injuries

Princess was on the phone with Princess Four until she hit the dead zone so the call ended at 4:06 p.m. Princess drove a few more miles before the accident so it was about 4:12.

(She remembers none of this part) God in his mercy had a family see the dust cloud her car made flipping and they stopped to help her. 
The mother sat and talked to Princess for 20 minutes or so until her husband and son went to get help. I guess Princess was awake enough to talk but doesn't remember any of this. The woman coaches dance and she talked to Princess about dance and kept her awake until EMS could come. 

She was cut out of the car and carried by EMS and the woman's son to the ambulance. She should have gone to a bigger city hospital as that is where they usually take them from that area and our small town hospital isn't all that equipped for major trauma. 
However, they knew where she was from and chose to transport her to our hospital. The nurses were not sure why this major accident victim ended up in our ER but I am grateful for it so I didn't have to drive 2 hours to be there for her. I was able to arrive just after she did. 
It was at 5:04 and I had a migraine and had been lying down but knew she should be home so I had just gotten up and was going to call her and if she didn't answer, I was going to drive to the "dead zone" and see if she had broken down or something. 

Just then, I got a call from an unknown number. They asked if I was Princess Fives mother. They identified themselves as EMS and told me that Princess had been in an accident and they were transporting her to the hospital. It took about four or five sentences to let me know she was talking and alert. I kind of wish they would have said, "Princess is OK but has been in an accident."

I got another call not a minute later from the hospital asking if they could treat her. I of course was in tears at the "accident" portion of the last call and quickly called Princess One asking her to contact everyone and ask them to pray for Princess Five.  

I kept giving gratitude on the drive to the hospital that I got the "she's alive" call rather than police at my door. 

When I walked in, they ushered me to her in a full backboard, cervical collar and completely immobilized and an oxygen mask on her mouth. Basically, the only thing I could see clearly was her eyes. She wasn't crying. I then looked through the mask and she was smiling. I couldn't speak for a second but said, "Of course you are smiling!" The EMT's then told me that she kept thanking everyone and was one of the most polite people they had transported. 
She was in pain in several places but until they knew her injuries, they couldn't give her anything for pain. They were having a hard time getting IV's in. They only ever ended up with one very sluggish one. 

With every cat-scan being read, they said, "No breaks" and would take off more of her immobilization. Soon, she was down to "no breaks!" and they took it all off. It is about this point I look at Princess and she has a tear in the corner of her eye. I ask if she is in pain and the tears just start streaming down her face. She said, "No, they are "happy tears" I am alive!"

No stitches and no breaks. There was glass shards all over the floor, her and we changed out the sheet on the ER table three times due to twigs, dirt and glass. There was glass down her shirt, in her shoes, hair, and every time she moved, there was glass. I took a picture of the wheelchair when she went to get her chest x-ray as it had glass shards on it.    
She had a partially detached and collapsed lung and one Dr. wanted to put in a chest tube. Another suggested taking an xray, waiting 24 hours and taking another to see the change. I had several people give me their opinion and the majority said, "no tube" so we opted for that. The only time she has a problem, is during the xray as she has to inflate them all the way and blow out all the way. She nearly fainted both times.
Two men from my church were there to give someone in the ER a blessing of healing and I asked if they could give her a blessing as well. I KNOW God is real. Usually, day two and three after trauma is when all the dark, black and blue marks come up. The swelling is at it's worst. Since the moment they gave her that blessing, he injuries stopped progressing and started to heal.  
None of her bruises went black or dark purple, what you see is the worst of it. Her left eye was swelling up at the time and by morning, I couldn't believe how much it had gone down and we never put ice or anything else on any of the bruises or injuries until after she was released from the ER and booked into the hospital.  

When we were taking off her glass filled clothes to put on her gown, her left shoulder popped and she screamed. I notified them that it popped twice and for some reason, none of the Dr.'s in the ER did anything with it or about it or ordered any tests. When they were discharging her, I told them she couldn't move her arm and was guarding it and I was worried about it being bumped and causing pain etc so I asked them to give her a sling and immobilize it. Within seconds of that being on, she relaxed in her shoulders and said she felt much better. They said to follow up with an ortho specialist after a few days. 

She hasn't been able to move it much and I have been rubbing Lavender, frankincense, and a muscle rub cream on her arm, shoulder and back every night and she has been doing range of motion as she can. Still, after four full days, she can't move her arm from her side at all in any direction. We called the Ortho Specialist and got some x-rays today and will meet with him tomorrow. 

I will update you as we know and there are some other miracle stories I will share later. The ER nurse went home after that shift at 6ish and her neighbor pulls up and said, "We saw an accident" and told her about how they helped my daughter and gave the nurse the pictures I put in the first post! Can you believe that the nurse's neighbor was the person who helped my daughter and gave us our first glimpse of the car! What are the odds of that? 
God truly is in charge and sends his angels where they are needed, when they are needed and I am SO grateful for the angels on earth and those in heaven that helped my daughter survive this!            

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