I have to be strong

We got one of those calls this weekend that every parent dreads: There’s been an accident. Your daughter was injured. She’s unresponsive. Go to the emergency room.

It happened on Friday night. Our daughter, Isabella, was at a football game with friends. Apparently they were goofing around during the game and she fell backwards, hitting her head hard on a concrete slab. She drifted in and out of consciousness on the ride to the hospital.
Her friends called us crying. “She won’t open her eyes…”

The following hours were the worst of my life, waiting for the results of two CAT scans. I wanted more than anything to turn back time and to have her safe at home.

Finally, after midnight, we heard from the neurologist that everything was ok.
She suffered a mighty concussion.
As I’m writing this now, she’s sleeping peacefully in her bed. And I am so thankful.

Just catching my breath…

(Illustration by Lu Green.)


61 Comments on A Terrifying Weekend

  1. Just watch her carefully, the concussion may cause her to have dizziness when she stands up after being seated, when she bends backward to lie down, etc. I think this is normal, but just be aware. So so happy she’s OK. I know exactly what this feels like, believe me. xx’s Marsha

  2. Oh dear ! That was indeed a terrifying weekend. I’m not a parent yet but I can only imagine all the worst case scenarios you must have thought about. I’m glad your daughter is safe and sound.

  3. My heart just jumped into my throat! I am so glad she is okay. The way it was to recieve a (somewhat) similar phone call about my father was the worst that I have ever experienced, and when people say it feels worse with your children I cannot even comprehend it.
    I hope that she’ll soon be up and about again, and that you and your husband can breathe normally again too.
    Kind regards,

  4. oh love, my heart just sunk when I read the first few lines. I’m soooo happy to hear she is ok. what a scare that must of been!!

  5. I went through something similar earlier this year – it is terrifying and nightmarish. My son is okay, and it sounds as if your daughter should be okay. I’ll keep checking for updates.

  6. Oh my goodness, just horrifying. I’m so glad for you that your daughter is ok. I imagine there are a lot of deep breaths and a lot of prolonged hugs in your household.

  7. Oh man. I am so glad to hear she is okay now–what a precious gift it is to hear that the person you love will be all right after all! I hope you have a peaceful, breath-catching sort of week.

  8. I’m so glad she’s OK. Life is so very precious and fragile. It must have been terrifying. I had the scare of my life when my 18 year old daughter went missing during a camping trip. We got the call in the early morning, a few hours into a police search. Life goes by in slow motion. She was fine, but even afterwards, home safe and sound, I just wanted to curl up in the fetal position and rock back and forth. I know how you feel.

  9. how scary!! It pushes you to consider what life would be like without them, and that’s terrifying. On Friday, I realized how poorly equipped i am to endure such a devastating loss.

  10. Tina, I am so sorry you had to go through this awful experience, and so thankful to hear she is alright. I’m hoping for a speedy recovery <3

  11. I’m happy to hear everything is OK. It’s relieving to know she has responsible friends… what a scary thing for everyone to deal with. So glad she’s home with you now!

  12. Oh god how awful! Glad to hear she’s ok now, if a little dopey from the concussion.
    It is the call every parent dreads, bringing about a special heart-plummeting feel all of it’s own.
    Wishing her speedy recovery.

  13. I generally only write about my family when there’s a huge crisis! I should do more posts about them during good times too…

  14. Dear Tina,
    I just caught this, and I am SO happy to hear that Isabella is OK! How aweful! I know how you must feel..
    Big hugs to her, and you folks too!

  15. Tina, you poor thing! What a horror. Thankfully, a happy ending. I will be thinking of you both … You need healing energy now too! And I will take this opportunity to thank you for your continued and inspirational work. I just love reading your blog every day. Oh – tell your sweet daughter to drink a lot of water – hydrate those brain cells. Hugs, Anne

  16. Eek, Tina! That sounds absolutely awful! I’m sure the last thing you want is to be reminded of it now, but my beloved condolences. And I’m glad she’s okay now. :)