(and i didn't bring my camera that night ... so phone pictures will tell the story)
In honor of the holiday Regs is wearing a pink Santa hat to bed tonight.
Really it's a sleep prop .... she started the week throwing up at a friends house, then a fever, a cough & tonight cries of pain over her ear.
The Santa hat is helping.
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Got a call Wednesday afternoon from a stranger with an out of town number.
She was nice & calm & asked if it was me & gave me her name.
Then she said she was with my daughter & there had been an accident.
I hadn't ever gotten a call like that.
It was a car accident.
But they weren't in a car.
They were hit in a crosswalk crossing the street.
The police & the fire department & ambulance were all there.
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Sailor turned 11 last week & Grammy had planned an overnight birthday trip to the coast - with shopping & the beach & the wharf & surprises & a good time.
Rarely ever does my mother in law do anything 1/2 way. She is one of the most creative people ever.
The trip was planned to the 9's.
She gave Sailor a toothbrush saying that's all she'd need & to be ready a 9am.
I'm not sure who was more excited, Grammy or Sailor :)
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I thought it was strange to see the out of town number .... but thought maybe it was Sailor calling from the hotel phone to say hi.
The angel of a lady said Sailor wanted to talk to me ..... but she really couldn't.
She was crying too much to understand.
The God of Angel Armies is always by our side.
What happened that afternoon at an intersection a few hundred yards from the ocean was all about God being good.
Grammy was going to be medi-flighted to the nearest trauma center.
She took the brunt of the hit - being knocked about 10 feet & landing on her head - according to witnesses who saw the accident.
Sailor was being taken by ambulance to the local hospital. The fireman rode with her.
She knew her name, her birth date, her address, my phone number, the name & room number of the hotel they'd already checked into.
She wished she could just sit next to the fireman, but they told her she had to lay on the gurney. They put a band aide on her right elbow & two on her right foot. She waited in the ER for 2 hours till we could get there.
Her new found firemen friends left their phone number & brought her skittles 'cause they felt bad she was alone.
She was still shaking when we came.
She cried again .... and so did I.
It's something walking into a hospital you've never been to ask the elderly volunteer lady where the ER was because your daughter had been taken there by ambulance.
The God of Angel Armies is always by my side.
|stand up men .... these guys were|
|we took this picture as we were pulling out of the hospital parking lot so grandma & jack (especially) back home knew she was ok|
|instead of sitting in traffic on the way home - we walked to the wharf|
|we were hungry & love this place|
|she talked non stop telling us everything & eventually stopped shaking.|
|sights on the wharf|
|trying to decide which clam chowder was the best|
|this girl ....|
|here's us .... pretty thankful.|
|she thought i could stop taking pictures of her|
|i'd never driven a car with a back up camera - grammy's car has one|
|a shout out to the coasties|
|she had a couple gifts leftover ....|
|we took pictures for Grammy -|
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|and since we were just down the street & the 28th is coming up ..... top left corner ... it's got a great view.|
|that's the crosswalk where it happened|
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Grammy is still not out of the woods. She's had quite the stay in ICU. Getting hit by a car can really bang you up & fracture your skull & make you sick & nauseous & do not normal things to your heart rate.
It also makes you extra very grateful ...
And His mercy.
(an edit on Sunday - she was moved out of icu today, yay)
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|her grin that day was slaying me ....|
Thank you, truly, to those who've prayed.
It could have been so much worse .....
There was a newspaper article written up that night about it that you can read here -
The 11 year old teenager was our favorite part.
That and the part where they're still alive.