Im not sure if this is the right place to post, but Im so tired. Please feel free to move it.
Sorry, this got kinda long.
So, I was leaving Whole Foods with DD and I had her in her carseat in the grocery cart. As we were checking out, she started crying, so I unstrapped her and nursed her at one of the booths in the eating area while I had my pink grapefruit soda.
I popped her in her seat and didnt strap her in because I was going to change her diaper on the seat of the car ( diapers were in the car, not on me). When were on the way to the car ( I parked in the first row) I hit a pothole and the whole entire cart tumped over. As she flew out, I tried to catch her and it broke her fall, but she still hit her head on the concrete. I immediately picked her up and started nursing her. Within about 30 seconds there were over 20 people surrounding me, touching me, telling me what to do and not to do. This really nice lady escorted me to her car and had me sit there until EMS showed up. I later found out that her daughter had seziures, so she was used to having to avoid huge crowds of onlookers.
By the time EMS arrived DD was smiling, giggling, and totally happy. They told me I should take her to the hospital just to check, but it didnt seem like she needed a ride in the ambulance. When we got to the hospital, the doctor suggested we do a CT scan. We weighed the pros with the cons and decided that Id rather be safe than sorry on a head injury at 5 months. The CT came back about 45 minutes later and they told me that they were transferring us to Childrens Hospital because she had a skull fracture and some bleeding in the epidural layer. Then they told me she couldnt have anything to eat or drink (no nursing). She was all smiles until they stuck a hep lock in her and then she screamed for 6 hours.
About an hour ago, they did another CT and found that the bleeding has not increased since the first one. We have to stay here for observation, and they are planning to do two more CT's in the next 12 hours, totalling 4 CT scans on a 5 month old. They let me nurse her to sleep, but they said depending on what the next CT says, they may say no more nursing again.
I am so scared that something is going to be prementaly wrong with her or that the affects of all of these CTs are going to cause a problem. Has anyone had a baby with head trauma this early? Am I overreacting? I have so many issues with being in hospitals and trusting what Im being told, but I no NOTHING about head trauma. I really wasnt expecting this so early in her life, and I feel like a total failure for not being more cautious.
TIA for your thoughts, advice, and support .
*edited to omit doctor's names and exact locations.
Edited by Adaline'sMama - 3/27/13 at 7:36am