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Committed: The Ties that Bond

with Angella Dykstra

I'm a mom of three, a professional accountant, and an amateur photographer and writer. I am not a marriage expert. But my husband and I take "Til death do us part" seriously, and here I'll be sharing how we keep our marriage strong while we both do that insane work-life juggle.

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How do you deal with ER emergencies?

Categories: family


Nathan and I just met with the Doctor. His collarbone isn't broken, just strained! Hooray!Yesterday morning, my daughter and I arrived at her school and parked the van. My oldest son immediately started walking towards us (He and his brother prefer to take the bus so that they can hang out with their friends) and I knew that something was up. Something was up — my middle child was injured.

A bunch of kids had been playing tag, when one of the girls slipped and fell. My son then tripped over her and landed right on his shoulder. When I got to the office, he was sitting in the big comfy chair with an ice pack on his shoulder. He cried whenever he moved his arm — at all — and the principal said that he had the same reaction when he broke his own collarbone.

It hurt for my son to even walk, so I scooped him up and carried him to our van. He brightened a bit on the drive, and even more as we waited (for two hours) in the ER waiting room. I was pretty sure that his collarbone was not broken, but when we (finally!) saw the Doctor, he was pretty sure that it was broken and sent us for an X-Ray.

(My husband and I were texting all along, as our son was busy watching Phineas and Ferb on the waiting room TV and I had time for live updates.)

We went for the X-Rays (Nicest technician EVER) and then went back to wait for the results. The Doctor (Finally!) called us in and … no broken collarbone. He was surprised, but noted that the pain my son was feeling was right in the joint and was likely more muscular pain.

I was just so happy that it wasn’t broken. It’s still painful, but not broken painful. I had been pretty emotional on the drive to the hospital (Behind my sunglasses) but once we were done, all I could do was smile.

Have you had to be in the ER with your kids? How did it go?

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  • I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been to the ER with my two kids (now 10 and 7). Most recently was a few months ago, when my 7 YO fell at school and knocked her top middle four front teeth loose (the middle two were the adult teeth - gack!). She also had cut her upper and bottom lips so there was a TON of blood. I got the call from the school secretary on my cell over my lunch break from work, and I went to the school, took one look at her, rushed home to get her “lovey” (her favourite stuffie and security item!) and drove 20 minutes to the Children’s Hospital. I could have taken her to our local hospital’s ER but I knew I wanted the Children’s expertise. She ended up having the two outer teeth PULLED (it was hellish trying to hold her down so the pediatric dentist could pull those teeth!!) and the two adult teeth were saved (and still haven’t turned grey/black - yeah!). Anyway, we were lucky - they rushed us past other kids who were waiting as soon as we arrived.Also, my husband left work to come be with us in the hospital, and I had grandparents pick up my other son at the end of the day (usual routine, anyway).

    But that’s just the most recent trip - I’ve been before for a split-open head (stitches), a split-open chin (more stiches), and twice for eyebrows that were split open (both were glued instead of stiched)! Luckily, no broken bones yet, only lots and lots of bloody messes!

    In our family, I’m definitely the calm, taken-control one. My husband gets queasy at the sight of blood and I’m a much better planner/organizer when crisises happen!!

    Angela  |  October 19th, 2012 at 12:38 pm

  • Oh, and I forgot to mention multiple trips for my son’s asthma, when he was an infant (we finally bought at at-home nebulizer so we could avoid having to go to the ER with our baby who couldn’t breathe!) and then also several ear infections, as infants. When your 6-month-old has been screaming all night from some sort of pain, you just can’t wait for a few days to see your family doctor!

    Angela  |  October 19th, 2012 at 12:40 pm