Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Paul picked a fight with pavement.. and the pavement won.

"Hello this is the west jordan fire department. Your husband had a bike accident. And he wasn't wearing his helmet.".........................

That was how I was woken up yesterday. I'm so glad I'm such a calm and rational person.. I mean really.. Rule number one find out if they are OK. then deal with whatever information comes after that. 

Paul was riding in to work on his bike. he got maybe 3 blocks.. and according to the witnesses they think his bike locked up and threw him straight over the handle bars. he does not remember any of the accident. He remembers waking up while they were loading him in the ambulance. He definitely had a concussion.  I met up with him in the Jordan Valley Er. ( Dear Jordan Valley... One entrance is ridiculous  with a median in the way if you are coming the other direction.. I can't imagine how many irate patients or family of patients that has expressed this too you. your too big for that kinda craziness!) 
when I got there, he was still strapped to the ambulance board. And was talking to the technician.. He was wheeled off a few sec after  for a CAT scan. But He was responsive and knew who I was and why he was there.. so that was a good sign. considering when the ambulance asked him where he lived he didn't know nor his phone number and kept repeating random things. so considering he was doing pretty darn well.  But man was he banged up!

The first thing That caught my attention was his right ring finger where his CTR ring used to be was a large nasty gash. It looks like the sharp side of the shield dug right into it and caused a good amount of damage! 
After they wheeled him back and still on the Ambulance board. they waited till they saw the results before taking him off it.. so he was on it for about a half our more.. and He complained most about that  then all the injuries he had. I guess those boards are straight up uncomfortable. He kept saying I just want to get off this board! Poor guy was miserable on it.
Luckily the scan came back and there was no bruising or bleeding on the brain. Turns out hard headed-ness is somewhat of a protective trait. who knew?! So that was excellent news. Now it was time to dress up his wounds and he could be on his merry way as long as he could hold down food and walk straight.

The road rash was pretty bad. the worst side was his right side. His head, and his Ear took a a prettty good hit. They were worried his ear may have inside bleeding and cause cauliflower ear. so it had to be packed pretty good.  then his elbow and his hand. his legs were the lightest and just looks like a scrapped knees.
His left hand knuckle valleys were skinned and looked like he had real wolveine claws.  he thought the boys would get a kick out of that. We joked and laughed a bit. I cracked up when he was doing his Tommy Boy voice with the whole" Richard is there a mark on my face..,it doesn't hurt here or here so much but right here......  NOPE ship shape... then the waitress come in with the whole" OMG what happened to your face!-....  I KNEW IT!! " bahaha.. I love it when he quotes relevent movie moments.

By the time the nurse had finished bandaging him up he looked like a practice Triage patient or a mummy.. he looked pretty pathetic. But was feeling alright He has complained about his shoulders hurting more then the road rash. and is incredibly sore today. But it's all muscle soreness, the dr. said he may experience some whiplash so there's that.   Paul has fabulously unique ears. Not many people in the world has his ears. so to see one of these models-tic unique things all road rubbed. and then the dr. telling to watch or cauliflower ear or it could cause some disfiguration. eek.so we are babying his precious ear .I like his unique one of a kind ears. luckily it looks like they are going to  be ok, whew!

We got him home and he was in good spirits. My bro Bryce and his wife Lisa were awesome enough to leave work to come be with the kids. ( seriously cannot even express my gratitude for their take charge do what needs to be done to help which includes walking out of work.) I left Jameson in Charge while I ran up,which is fine I'm comfortable leaving hiim for a few hours. But I didn't know how long an e.r. trip could take or even how bad it was.. so a simple text asking if by chance one of them had the day off yesterday and explained what happened.. i told them to wait till I heard from the dr. before taking the day off.. I got a txt back and said they both got out of work and were headed over to the house. It was a sight of a relief on my part. I'm so lucky to be by family and awesome ones at that!

They stayed for awhile and Paul even wanted to play some Oh Puckey while they were here. So he has been doing really well. And is just banged up a bit! 

Paul was mad at himself for not having his helmet on that day. since he has always worn it. But he couldn't find it that morning. And had to leave and just thought he would look for it when he got home. he sure has been chastised for it left and right from dr. to nurse to well meaning friends and family. But I find it annoying. I mean really.... It was a fluke day and fluke thing. Crap happens. but I told him the helmet will have to be like car keys you cant go if you don't have them.  I mean  ERs really arent that fun. and I kinda prefer hum drum days. so all in all it was a crazy monday. But he is home and even went back to work to day. And I have counted our blessings!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Home again home again jiggity jig!

Well we are HOME. and by home I mean UTAH! And may I just say it's GOOOOD to be home. We are staying in West Jordan  for now.  And so far I'm REALLY liking it. I love being in a real neighborhood and having the City surronding me. I love love having everything at my fingertips but my house doesn't feel like the city at all. My kinda place!  I've had massive memory call over the silliest of things. That i had no idea I would even miss. But turns out I did. and they all make me smile. Here are few. The smell of the weeds in the field next to us.. I forgot utah weeds smell different.. but they do. And i have missed it. it brought back all the times I tromped thru the fields by my home.  Our weeds smell better then Florida or Indiana weeds. Ok I don't know if that's true. But it was a sweet memory trigger. I missed the dandelions. The white and purple flower weeds. The dirt. yes even the dirt. I love being able to walk thru the field and not have to keep eyes PEELED for insects and lizards and snakes.. and stupid thorny weeds that grow side ways like a freaking trip wire.
I'm cold here. and I'm a little over that. But I have missed this dry air. I will never miss humidity.
Zoey has missed the rolly pollys and lady bugs.. I'm sure they were in Florida but the frogs and lizards got tot them first... we have also missed the luxury side walks. And of course our Lovely mountains.

I have missed the grid system. By like a lot! People are friendlier here.. true story.  I guess you could say Utahn is my native language and I'm fluent. and I have missed it!  I've missed Western Family brand option. And bulk buying option that doesn't require a trip to Sam's.
I've of course love being back near family! I do have to get used to the idea of having them all drop in and visit whenever. But I love it. and it  is a much better then planning a trip home once a year. they can drop in anytime. and I'm glad to be able to go see them for no reason or for an event!

The kids are adjusting nicely. School is our hardest adjustment... sucks wallking in at the end of the year. And one in particular is struggling with it. making friends is tough too. But they seem to find a few they are getting along with. I'm hoping when they start next year they will be in the full swing.  they like school better here then  the other places mainly because Utah still believes in recess and unhealthy lunches.

As we begin  to settle and get a routine moving and grooving. we hope to see more of our friends and family here!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

did you know...

Did you know if you complain about the place that you live in on your blog chances are you will move to the very state you wanted to get back to in about a MONTH?!! man, I didn't either, but it worked for us. Since we are moving back to Ut. in about a week!! WHO KNEW! man, I would have done that awhile ago! gosh!

Paul accepted a job out in salt lake city. and they want him to start a.s.a.p. And leaving me behind to finish up school years and so forth really isn't an option this time. so the packing frenzy begins! It feels very surreal I haven't lived in Ut for about 7 years. I hope I like it as much as I remember!
I'm so excite to be closer to family. and closer to my friend! I already know I speak the utah language. better then I speak floridian. so looking forward to that!!

The kids are so excited and not a single tear was shed! They love the idea of being closer to grandma and grandpa and all the aunts and uncles and cousins! I'm super happy that they get to be closer to them too.

So excited! and more then happy to pack up and head out! My only reqeust it that spring be in full effect when i get there. I'm not doing snow or cold weather!! can't wait to see all my favorite Utahns SOON!

I will miss tho' the beaches, the warm winters and the wonderful people we have met here! But I really am ready to be home.
ok... I really can't be playing on the blog. .I have so much to do. I'm already behind!