Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Emergency Room Drama

Dear Life,

Have you ever entered an emergency room with a loved one, scouring the room to find the perfect place to sit?  You all know what I'm talking about.  You're praying for an empty room...but it's probably not.  You look out at the sea of faces, trying to determine which ones are too sick to sit next to, which ones are too crazy to sit next too, which ones might possibly be too dangerous to sit next to.  Come on, I know you all have done this.  Please tell me I'm not the only one.  Last night, at 9 pm, Kumaka and I went to the ER with a possible broken leg.  As I scanned the room there weren't too many open seats for one and a wheelchair.  I finally decided to sit behind a very bohemian looking 20 something and his probable mother.  He didn't look sick or like he was going to stab me if I glanced at him.  Kumaka and I were playing on the phone, the bohemian dude got called back.  Minutes later he returned, standing right next to Kumaka's wheelchair, talking loudly with the security guard.  Talking about getting arrested if he did not get admitted and that sort of thing.  Talking about only wanting to see a certain doctor.  I very subtly moved Kumaka to the other side away from agitated boho guy.  Everyone was staring at the guy, he wasn't really making sense.  All of a sudden, Anaheim PD show up.  I felt impressed to take my child from the room.  I had a distinct picture in my head of this boho guy resisting arrest and falling on top of my sweet little boy and me getting arrested for kicking his butt.  So I not so subtly got up and wheeled Kumaka out of the waiting room to another area of the hospital.  I went to the restroom, came out, looked through a window into the ER and lo and behold, boho has his hands behind his back, and the officers are having to try to force him down because he is resisting arrest.  The guy was screetching for his mother and it was very unsettling.  I'm glad I left....and I learned you really should just sit next to the guy with all the tattoos and piercings.  It'll give you something to talk about....and he most likely won't be holding in a lifetime of pain.

Kumaka has a broken femur...and will be going back in the spica cast.  Bummer.  



  1. OH my goodness!!! I'm glad it all turned out okay. Poor things you had to witness that while of all things being in an ER for an emergency. But I guess that's where the crazy stuff happens. You are too funny, the ones who are too crazy or too dangerous. I have never thought about that before. I'm just afraid to go in and see some trauma and be traumatized by it myself. So far, I"ve gone when no groosum stuff is going on.

    Hope Kumaka is feeling better and is not in any pain.

  2. I have SO been there... So....

    It has gotten to the point that I tell the nurse I will be waiting outside... first off I can smoke while waiting to calm my nerves, and secondly only the nictine addicts seem to be out there with us, LOL. I am so sorry about the broken leg, love and hugs to all of you!

  3. I do think about that. I even think about it in the waiting room of the pediatrician's office and our family doctor because I don't want to catch the flu. I don't want to even catch a cold. I have a wee phobia of germs. Good for you for trusting your gut and getting out of there before it got messy.

    That really sucks that Kumaka has to go back in the cast. Poor little dude. :(

  4. SO sorry about the scary experience but even more sorry about the broken femur. We will be praying for you all. I'll be waiting to see the color of his new cast so I can dress up my Belle for a picture this time. Fingers crossed it's a different color. Turns out she doesn't have any green clothes :-)

    Hang in there friend. xoxo


  5. Oh no! The spica cast is the worst! My nephew broke his femur when he was 2 1/2 and was in the spica for 8 weeks. I hope Kumaka feels better soon!


  6. Oh my heart is just aching for Kumaka. He must be SO disappointed to have this setback. Lots of healing thoughts being sent to him from the Sunshine State that he heals up soon and is castfree ASAP!!

  7. Oh wowzers! Now that's a story to tell whew!


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