She seems to be doing well for the moment, but I am led to understand that she still has another day or so before they know the extent of the swelling in her brain and before she's officially 'on the mend'.
They took a fist sized piece of skull out of her head to make room for the swelling.
She's conscious and texting And we are all just worrying and waiting.
You never see this stuff coming. Ever.
Ironically, just two days ago I was considering going snow tubing. I like sledding and thought snow tubing sounded like fun until I read the extra special just-for-snow-tubing waiver I had to sign. I thought it was strange I had to confirm I knew snow tubing could lead to death when the same waiver wasn't required for skiing. So I didn't go.
I am now learning helmets are recommended.
I just needed to talk about it. Thanks for reading.
ETA: Does the ICU allow flowers? What should I send? Balloons?
I remember when I went snow tubing a couple of years ago. They made us lay on the tube on our tummies and go down face first.
You weren't allowed to SIT on the tube. I thought that was weird. If I hit a bump or crash into the bags at the bottom the wrong way, I'd rather break a leg than my neck. I still don't get why they do it like that, it seems so much more dangerous.
In fact, I have a video of me CRASHING into the bags at the bottom of the hill. Like full on smacking into them. Face first. Crazy.
Steph, DH Jason (1-1-11), DS Owen (10-3-03) and DS Kai (10-13-11)
Personally, I'd just call the ICU and ask about sending stuff. It will vary hospital to hospital, but where I work, flowers aren't allowed on critical care units or on oncology units. Balloons are only allowed if they are the non-latex kind. So it's best to call just to be sure before you spend $ on something they won't allow. Or...her parents might need a fruit/snack basket to munch on while they wait.
Good luck. I hope she's doing better soon.
Mom & RN
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Funnily enough, I was just talking to DH about going tubing again and how I don't see it as overly dangerous to do while pregnant "because you don't even have to wear a helmet" I think I'll think twice now!
Although it still falls into the same category as traditional sledding IMO...
DH and I - totally winging life with our four children, DS1 (6.5yrs), DS2 (5yrs), DD (3yrs) and DS3 (1)!
Ok, now please educate the ignorant one over here. What is tubing? How is it different than sledding? We are now in a very snowy area and I'm sure it'll come up.
As for sending things... just contact the hospital and ask, as they get these questions all the time about allowable gifts/items in rooms - especially for those in critical care units or as a PP pointed out oncology.
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They moved her out of ICU into some other unit so I hope that the swelling has peaked and they can now put her skull back together.
Snow tubing is like inner tubing down a hill. Just like sledding but with an innertube and they make steep, commercial courses so you go fast. Most head trauma apparently results from collisions with trees or other people. Not sure yet what happened to my cousin.
We will be wearing helmets in my family for all future snow sports.
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No more bleeding in the brain. The skull is either back in place or wasn't exactly cut out to begin with more like 'loosened'--some details are a bit foggy. This side of my family is large and we're playing a looooooong game of telephone here relaying the news to each other trying to minimize calls to the parents.
Also there was no life flight b/c the weather was too bad to fly. So it was land ambulance.
And what happened was they overshot the course and slammed into a wall.
Lucky, lucky, lucky girl. She gets to walk away.
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