Well, we made it 2 years and nearly 3 months before having to go through the process of preparing for a trip to the hospital with Maddie!
We had a good run kiddo!
Sadly, this accident was not all on Maddie…I (“Mom of the year” over here!) must admit that I was jumping on the bed with her when catastrophe struck!
Fun turned into frantically running around the house, trying to gather some essentials when our little one popped her elbow right out. It was the most awful thing in the world to see this little person holding her arm and not able to speak the words to tell me exactly what was hurting except to tell me “Ouchie Mommy, Ouchie!”
Having to scramble around the house grabbing this and that in case the wait was a long one in the emergency room added close to 10 minutes (but felt like a year and a half…give or take!) to the clock before I could get her in the car and go, so I will be keeping a “hospital bag” packed from now on!
Preparing For A Trip To The Hospital
Here’s what you’ll find in my hospital bag…
- juice boxes
- Children’s Tylenol
- stuffed animal/stickers
- $20 cash
- clothes (spare top and bottom)
Obviously, the diapers will depend on the age of your child, but wipes are still a must when you go anywhere in my books!
The juice boxes and crackers will come in extremely handy if there is a long wait, and will even offer a distraction for your little one.
Children’s Tylenol can help ease the pain/discomfort they may be feeling depending on why you are headed to the hospital, and a familiar stuffed animal is always a great idea!
I will admit it…I did not pay! I had no cash on me, and just wanted to get her in and get her happy again!
Luckily, I did not get ticketed or towed (I was fully expecting to have to call my hubby and explain to him why his truck was missing!) even after over 3 hours, but I did have a minor heart attack when leaving the emergency room and seeing a local police car parked right next to me!
I hopped in and drove away so fast it’s not even funny….crisis averted!
Maddie ended up being just fine!
After we registered and moved on to wait for a doctor she managed to pop her elbow back into joint herself and spent the rest of our wait entertaining everyone else who was waiting!
I felt a little silly telling the doctor she was fine now when we got in, but better safe than sorry!
Being organized and having a plan can take some of the stress out of an otherwise extremely chaotic situation, allowing you to focus 100% on your little one when they need it most!
Have you had to make a trip to the emergency room with your child?
What did you wish you had brought to make the experience easier on both of you?
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