Monday, September 26, 2011

I had crumbs in my bed...

Lots and lots of crumbs.

Why they got there had us all pretty stressed out for a few days.

But things are feeling better now so I can finally exhale long enough to tell you the whole 'crumby' story.

Ahem...

So...

On Wednesday morning I awoke in a crumb-free bed. I was happy because Wednesday is the day I pick up the Grandlittles after school and take them for frozen yogurt.

However...

In the early afternoon I had a phone call from my daughter-in-law telling me she was driving to school to pick up the oldest Grandlittle who had fallen on the playground and hurt her arm. She told me she would call me from the emergency room by the school.

And...

About thirty minutes after that she called back to tell me the emergency room couldn't treat her because the break was so severe and they would have to transport the poor, little kid by ambulance to a pediatric hospital so a specialist could put her broken bones back together with some metal rods and lots of pins...

So...

I went to the small hospital and saw a very pale, freckled girl hopped up on morphine but still willing to smile and tell me that she loved me and Grandpa...


Then...

I went over to elementary school to grab the littlest and middle-sized Grandlittles so they could see their sister before she was transported to have surgery.

The littlest one, Mo, cried all the way to the hospital and put her cheek onto her sisters unhurt hand and sobbed in sympathy.

The middle one held back her tears but kept repeating to me, "Oh Grandma. Her poor, little, cute freckled arm."

So...

I took them home with me.

And they had a weepy night.

However, before they went to sleep they told me that they would feel a whole lot better about everything if they could have breakfast in bed.

Our bed.

After a restless night, I prepared a sumptuous little feast for them...buttered whole wheat toast, sausage, scrambled eggs and grape juice.

Mr. Jenny kept saying, "Are you really going to let them eat breakfast in our bed? The bed is going to be full of crumbs! Just have them eat at the table."

And I told him to 'hush' because those two sweet little things really, really NEEDED to have breakfast in bed.

Their sister had a much worse night than they did, though. No surgery until Thursday late morning and no food in bed...breakfast or otherwise...just a heaping helping of pain and morphine.

The two smaller girls got to talk to their sister briefly on Thursday morning and then we got them ready for school, dried more tears, answered more questions and finally delivered them to their classrooms.

And when I got home I found out that I couldn't visit the pediatric hospital because of my recent bout of shingles.

Man.

It was harsh not being able to be by the oldest Grandlittle at all on Thursday. I had a pretty good attack of 'Grandma worries' all day.

But I finally got over them when I climbed into bed on Thursday night.

Because our bed was, indeed, full of crumbs just as my husband had predicted.

And it was kinda/sorta uncomfortable.

And distracting.

But finally on Friday she was at home and I got to see her!

She was pretty happy from her pain meds.

And even happier that her Grandpa and I took her donuts.



On Saturday, we brought all three girls to the house and then we took them to a birthday party for our son-in-law and daughter's dog, Har-Lee...


...where we were entertained by the littlest Grand trying to convince dogs to open birthday cards, the double-jointed middle Grand, and the injured Grand being impudent about ice packs on her arm.




Friday and Saturday nights we ended up sleeping with the crumbs again...

On Sunday I finally had enough time to wash and dry the sheets on the clothesline out in the sunshine and breeze.

And now the bed is back to rights...

And the oldest Grand is patched together for the next 4 - 6 months (when she will need to have a second surgery)...

And the littler two have quit crying because they are now annoyed at all the attention and gifts their sister is getting...

And I'm really worn out.

But I'm kinda/sorta toying with the idea of telling Mr. Jenny that I would feel a whole let better if he were to bring my breakfast in bed in the morning.

He might actually do it...especially if I promise him I won't make any crumbs!

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53 comments:

Jojo said...

Ouch that "cute little freckled arm"! I'm so happy that this story didn't have a crummy ending!

Shay said...

Ouch! That looks like it would have hurt a lot.

I think a few crumbs never hurt anyone. Dog dirt in the bed is another matter entirely though.

Hope Mr. Jenny brings you breakfast in bed !

Nick Thomas said...

The poor thing. But morphine works great, had it for kidney stones a while back. They could have ripped my kidney out with a harpoon and would have still been laughing

Wanda..... said...

Such a painful mishap for your granddaughter, the photo of the condition of her little arm made me wince. It's good you gave the other two breakfast in bed, they needed loving reassurance too. Once my youngest son had a severe cut on his arm, but it was his older brother that cried the most!

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

I love all the photos, Matlock! I can't decide which gives me a worse case of the willies - the arm photo or the double jointed photo!

Glad to see Julia looking so happy!

Wanderer said...

Oh, dear! I'm glad you were there for the other grandkids. The picture of the arm...ouch! She does look happy after she came home. It's so sweet that the other girls are so sympathetic.

ImagiMeri said...

Oh my Gosh????????? How did she get such a compound break just falling?

My prayers are with her, and with you and the grandlittles.

Love ya'
Meri

Theresa said...

Oh bless her little heart! That break sounds really bad and painful, hope she feels better! You handled the crumbs longer than I could have but those sweet little ones eating in bed, too cute!

Have a blessed day dear Jenny, HUGS!

BEAR's Mom said...

no wonder there's never a dull moment in your life JM~
but seeing the picture of that freckled arm made my stomach flip!
i know she'll get plenty of TLC :D
BEAR HUGS
~victoria~

Willoughby said...

Your poor granddaughter! That looks so painful!

What a wonderful grandma you are to let the girls have breakfast in your bed! I'm glad you've got the crumbs out, now.

Kat said...

I would say you deserved breakfast in bed just for starters! What a week you've had. That picture of her poor arm is unbelievable. Where did she fall from? Glad to hear that her surgery was a success and that she is on the mend. Your grands are just adorable. Hugs, Kat

summersundays-jw said...

OOOOOh, that was a tough picture to look at. So sorry for the oldest grand -- looks painful. My grands favorite place is my bed (so they can watch cable) so I always have crumbs. Hope this is a calmer week. Jan

Busy Bee Suz said...

Oh, her poor little freckled arm!!!!! Poor little lady....I hope she is not in any more pain.
I have one of those double jointed kids too. Ouch.
I, unlike you would not allow crumbs in my bed...but I would LOVE breakfast in bed. minus crumbs.
xoxo

Tammy Gail said...

OMGoodness... nothing worse then having a grandchild with an injury! My 2 yr old grandson broke his arm last year and had to have surgery. It was the hardest thing when they took him out of his mothers arms to take him back to the operating room... we both cried our eyes out!! Sure hope you oldest grandlittle gets better soon! =)

Kerri @OhMann! said...

Oh my!!!! Bless her heart!! So glad that is over and everyone is on the road to recovery and crumb-free sheets!
:)

upinthecosmos said...

Ouch, that arm looks painful... poor little one. It's amazing how they bounce back though isn't it?? Looks like she is once again happy... or maybe its the drugs... LOL

Viki said...

Oh my, I almost passed out just looking at that arm. I would probably need morphine for a long time lol.

Ames said...

Wait!....Wait...just ....a ...minute...Jenny. I ..am ...pulling myself ...(ugh ugh)...back up from the ...floor..where I passed out .....from ...looking at that ....(eeeewah)...picture of that poor childs mangled arm! (Blecck) I was a medic and I still get grossed out looking at broken limbs. Thank God it wasn't an open/compound fracture (bone through skin.) That poor child. God bless her. Give her a hug for me. You have had a traumatic week. Sending you a hug too! ♥~Ames

taylorsoutback said...

Thinking you ALL need breakfast in bed - maybe a cruise or trip to Disneyland!

Having gone through pins & an external fixator (hoping your dear grandlittle doesn't have one of those attached)I I I can totally understand. One positive is that young bones heal well & at a better rate.

Keep that ice maker going - "ice is your friend"

Pondside said...

Oh my goodness, that poor little freckled arm - I'll be it had us all wincing! Your lucky grands to have a Grandma who is nearby and understands the healing properties of breakfast in bed. I think that Mr Jenny should be surprising you with breakfast in bed - and if he's worried about crumbs he should, perhaps, make that breakfast in bed in a resort somewhere glamorous!

Barbara F. said...

Oh Jenny, that poor little girl. She looks so cheerful after her surgery, God bless. xo,

Judie said...

OH! OUCH! WAAAAAA! That poor little arm!!! But here's my question--what in the name of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, and all the saints is your littlest grand doing to her own leg?????

Lorrie said...

That poor little arm makes me cringe in sympathy. What an experience for all of you. Crumbs in the bed - definitely called for!

Nonna Beach said...

Oh, that poor little sweetheart...I shuddered when I saw the photo of her wounded arm...Yikes !

They are so lucky to have you to comfort, kiss and make all better every Boo-Boo, physical or emotional, crumbs or no crumbs, you're awesome !!!

Cheryl said...

Oh no! Poor little muffin & her sisters. Glad one is healing and the other 2 are settling into a little sibling rivalry. All is well.

Until the 2nd surgery.

"Alone again.... naturally!" said...

Aww,poor girl! How nice of you to comfort the other grandlittles in your bed, I am sure that all the crumbs was totally worth it! Hoping that your oldest will heal quickly and is feeling well again soon!

Sue said...

Oh, my goodness. That arm picture is painful to look at! And 4-6 months in a cast, with a second surgery to boot? That must have been the worst break ever!!

Sorry your shingles kept you out of the hospital. As a fellow g'ma, I feel for you on that one.

Glad to see that she's feeling better, though. And I love all the cute photos you posted.

I'll be praying for rapid healing and a perfect result!

=)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

That poor darling oldest Grand. Ouch for sure! I think a few crumbs in bed is all worth it for sure. Hugs to you Grandma and all the Grands.

Ms. A said...

See that photo of her arm, made my stomach turn over! Bless her heart. Glad she is home and young and will eventually be all healed. You, on the other hand, may never completely recover. Breakfast in bed could prove to be quite comforting for Grandma. (Grandpa, too, if he plays his cards right)

Teri said...

That looks like a nasty break. I am glad she is doing okay now - what a stressful few days!!

Pixie said...

o poor baby! That hurts just looking at it! Best wishes to hope it's not too much of a bother for her!

Jo said...

oh wow .... what a story Jenny ... those littles keep you so busy! and i know you love every minute of it! the breakfast in bed was a wonderful little gift!

noexcuses said...

Poor thing! Hope she has a quick recovery. Breakfast in bed is the right thing to do...no matter who gets hurt. A few crumbs won't harm anyone!

Oh how I miss the smell of sheets dried on the line. We can't have clotheslines here!

Wonderful post!

5thsister said...

Oh how grateful that all the king's horses and all the king's men could put your brave freckled grandlittle together again!

I hope you get that crumb-less breakfast in bed. You need all your strength to continue being the solid rock that you are for your family. God bless you Jenny!

Brenda said...

OH my, that poor little arm. I could cry for her myself. I hope it heals quickly.

Brenda said...

Forgot, you do need breakfast in bed.

Lourie said...

OMG! Totally wasn't expecting an ugly arm. I thought I was going to see a goofy grand. Yuck and ouch. Poor kid and having to wait sooo long. that is a loooonnng time. What on earth happened? Poor thing. I am glad she is on the mend. Her sisters do not want that kind of attention.

Dazee Dreamer said...

oh wow. her arm looked awful. poor thing. crumbs in bed, and probably no sleep. my grandkids slept in my bed and i slept on the couch on saturday. yeah, it was great fun. :)

Mama Zen said...

Oh, bless her heart! I'm so glad that the first surgery went well!

siggiofmaine said...

Love the "cute little freckled arm" phrase that she will probably never live down !
Hope she is mending quickly and live returns to semi-normal...never normal with littles around I found out.
Thanks for sharing...the crumbs in your bed will be a memory y'all can share forever.
☮ ♥ Siggi in Downeast Maine

Holly said...

You can make a great story out of ANYTHING!!!! You are such a sweet grandma...blessed little girls!
So sorry about the accident. I thought the first picture was bad, and then came the leg one...oh my!!!!
You've started something with the breakfast in bed. I predict more crumbs in your future!

H said...

Ouch! Poor eldest grandlittle. Will she be in a cast for 4-6 months? I hope all the surgeries and pins make her arm good and strong again!

Gattina said...

What ?? they left her with a broken arm for 24 h ??? what is that for a crazy emergency service, doesn't look like George Clooney's at all !
Nice to have crumbs in bed, lol !

vivian said...

I love your blog Jenny. you make me laugh. but that picture of your grandlittles broken arm.. oh my! the poor girl! I hope the morphine helped, cause that looks terribly painful! you never mentioned I dont think, how did she break it?
have a great day!
xo
vivian

J. Kwiatkowski-Schuler said...

That poor, crooked little arm! She has such a bright, happy smile, though! Must be excellent pain meds!

Vicki/Jake said...

What a crummy thing to happen to Julia! At least everyone was smiling...well, maybe not Mr Jenny :( Keep smiling...

Nezzy said...

Oh sweetie, that looks painful. Bless her heart!!! Sendin' her some healin' prayers.

I love that you allowed breakfast in bed girl...your makin' memories!

God bless and have a most glorious day!

lifebythecreek said...

Oh Jenny... that very same thing happened to MY boy back in February. And his poor unfreckled arm looked JUST like that. This post shows the xrays: http://lifebythecreek.wordpress.com/2011/04/13/8-weeks/. I don't have a photo of his arm because I rushed to school and then in the ambulance to the Childrens Hospital, and my flip phone doesn't have a camera. I didn't go back home again until late the next evening, once surgery was complete, etc. And his follow up surgery to remove the pins is in November. Sounds so very similar, and my stomach STILL churns when I remember seeing my boy hurting like that. The blessed thing is that at 11, they're growing so fast that the bone heals swiftly and well. I know your daughter-in-law SO appreciates having you there to help out... what a blessing. xoxox.. ((((hugs)))) Glad your bed is put back to rights now!

GardenofDaisies said...

Oh owww ouchie!! That hurts just to look at it. Glad she is all fixed up! Changing sheets is necessary after eating in bed. :-)

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

What a busy day. I'm glad your granddaughter is going to be okay. That photo of her arm is harsh. :)

Keri said...

Oh my goodness! You had me nearly in tears for a moment. I'm glad to hear she is home now though. Now grandma gets to spoil her a bit, right?

Dapoppins said...

Nobody gave my kids morphine when they broke their arms....of course, their arms didn't look like wet spaghetti noodles either. That might have had something to do with it.

I know she's better now, but I'm sayin a prayer that she heals perfectly and has no problems later!

God Bless.

(Your such a gooood grammy!)

Amy said...

Oh, the poor thing! That picture of her arm is awful! I am glad you were able to help the younger ones in their emotional time of need.