Fifteen minutes before class ended for Sister, I received a frantic phone call from my mother. I could hear screaming in the background. Pumpkin had fallen off the play structure is all I got out of her.
I grabbed Sister from her class. I don't remember anything but taking her from there. I remember raising my voice but truly it was tunnel vision. I grabbed my stuff and we took off. My heart was racing and my hands were shaking. I called my mother again and asked her for some more details. Luckily, the screaming had stopped.
What happened? Well, the drought and extreme heat had shrunk the soil a bit where the fireman's pole sits. It dropped it precariously low and when Pumpkin tried to slide down it, it fell out of the top part. She dropped onto the cross beam and used her mouth to break her fall. That little piece where it's not weathered in the picture? It ended up in her gums. They pulled it out when they cleaned her gums.
The teeth are fine. Lots of things played into her gums only being damaged. With time, she should heal well. It's just quite unsightly.
The gums were "gloved". Picture when you peel gloves off your hands, that's what happened to the gums on her permanent teeth. They are exposed. Ick.
She's been a trooper, but I think it'll be a while before her siblings, grandparents and her mother recover.
Sister was weepy the whole ride home. She was very concerned for her baby sister. Honey was crying as well as scared when I arrived home. Brother held it all in until I hugged him this morning and asked if he had been worried.
The funny moments? Yes, there were funny ones. Pumpkin was worried about how she would smile dancing in the Nutcracker.
I mentioned to Pumpkin that her brother did care about her and he chimed in with, "Sometimes. Like when she gets really hurt."
Thank you to everyone who prayed us through this. You gotta love Facebook for that. Word can spread so quickly. And, prayers get started immediately.