So. We had a frightening half hour here in the Dillow household today.
Gracie, escaped zoo monkey that she is, climbed up on a kitchen chair to sit as she's done a thousand times before and slipped off.
And clunked her head.
On the tile.
There was some immediate screaming (Gracie) followed by some leaping through the air (me) followed by some scary face-squinching-up and passing out (Gracie) followed by some flipping out and calling 911 (me). The passing out lasted less than 4 seconds, but perhaps took 9 years off my life. The firetruck and its entire Sunday crew was at our house in less than a minute, as they are just down the road and probably just twiddling their thumbs most of the time. The paramedics had to drive in from town, but were here in less than ten minutes.
It was a veritable housewarming party, with seven large, uniformed men peering at my child in the living room. They all decided that no damage had been done, because her pupils were fine, there was no throwing up, and she was able to follow simple directions. I still had to sign the "refusal of care" paperwork since I didn't go by ambulance to the emergency room, but that was mostly just a formality; they advised me to take her in to her pediatrician tomorrow for a quick check-up, but carry on with regular life unless she started acting strangely. Most likely she got the wind knocked out of her, or held her breath too long in the wind-up to the real screaming. No goose, no blood, no broken teeth... just a clunk.
Matt wasn't home at the time, so he missed it all. I was very much hoping that his errands would keep him long enough for the firetruck and ambulance to be gone once I knew she was going to be OK. They were here less than 20 minutes; to save him the heart attack of pulling up to a house with emergency vehicles stacked outside was a blessing. Gracie is now the proud owner of a Vermont Teddy Bear Company teddy bear, given to any child who is hurt and has to be seen by paramedics who participate in the program. You can read more about the Little Hero Bear initiative by clicking here. It looks like they're always in need of sponsors and donations.
We'd like to note here to Gracie that there are easier ways to get new toys short of resorting to the kind of scene that transpired here today. And just so there is evidence of her fine-ness: here she is, post-nap, jamming grapes into her mouth just as fast as she can manage.