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|A Grandpa's Visit to ER...at Devos Children's?|
|Medical Mile News|
|Written by Medical Mile Team|
|Sunday, 27 February 2011 11:51|
Page 1 of 2I have been to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital many times, and even assisted with hundreds of pictures at the dedication in December, 2010. However, I did not plan to be at ER 13 days after the opening of the new building, on a Monday morning.
Let me tell you the story.
(Photo from HDCH dedication)
My granddaughter, the fifth in a line of seven, (soon to be eight) was being a typical toddler on Monday morning, January 24th, 2011. Her parents heard an abnormal scream come from the living room. Upon rushing to the living room, they saw my grandaughter Lexi laying on the floor crying. As Mickey finished singing his famous "hot dog dance", her parents assessed through her tears and pain that she had somehow fell on her bottom while jumping and dancing around with her beloved Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Now I have fallen on my bottom after skydiving, and believe me the pain is intense, to say the least. One would think that an almost 3-year old would be fairly immune to the daily bumps and bruises that life affords a child. But as in my granddaughter's case, not always.
Well, Grandma and I were called by Lexi's parents and made aware of the situation. We rushed to their home to see how we could assist and lend support in their decision making process. We arrived to find Lexi laying on the living room carpet content, not crying, however not willing to raise her legs, get up, rollover or sit. She exibited no pain at all while she was lying still, but cried intently upon movement at all. Now this is not your typical toddler. Lexi is, as I call it, 220 volt busy! She is not only agile and coordinated beyond her age, but also a jumper, a runner, a climber, and just fun to play with. A Grandpa knows these things!
Based on her lack of mobility, pain upon any movement of her legs, an ambulance was called. The paramedics arrived and after cautious and careful assessment, they decided to transport Lexi to the waiting ambulance by buckboard. Small buckboard I may add. We followed Lexi and her dad to the hospital and took our five month pregnant daughter, Lexi's mom, with us. My heightened adrenelin was tested as I went to the front door of HDCH rather than the emergency room entrance, which is located on the west side of Helen DeVos Children's Hospital on Barclay Ave. Thank you for the wonderful valet parking, which helped mask my mistake during the rush to reunite my daughter and granddaughter.