Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sweet Baby George.

As I write, baby Georgette snuffles softly in her sleep, tucked into her Dad's lap. We are heading into a new week, shocked into something of a 'new normal' in the family, a shift in plans and scheduling and lifestyle after a scary accident this week.

A supermarket shopping trolley tipped over and deposited George on the concrete last Wednesday. We ended up at the Children's Hospital, where they did a CT scan and found that our tiny baby had fractured her skull and bruised her brain.

We are home now, and keeping George very close to us these last few days, very close and very quiet. She needs calm, darkened, peaceful cuddles while she recovers from her injury, and after that we will be under the care of the Brain Injuries Unit at the Children's Hospital, who will monitor her development for some time.

She is doing very well though; behaving just as she should. Her chances of making a full recovery are great. Me, I am a little shaken, and gripped with emotion every time I see that big lopsided dimple, those hugely fat legs, that goofy expression. I can't stop rubbing my face against her delicate, fragile little head. And we have cancelled all bunga-bunga parties at the Mogantosh Ranch for the near future.

27 comments:

  1. That's terrible news. You must have been beside yourself. My immediate thought is, 'sue the shopping centre' but you're no doubt more concerned about your dear baby girl. I hope she gets better quickly and I'm heartened to hear she's had good medical care.

    When she gets better ... sue the shopping centre and the trolley manufacturers. xo

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  2. Awful. A call out to all that is good and right in the universe to make sure all physical and emotional damage to George and her family are fully and happily healed. Love Bex xxx

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  3. You poor buggers. I am certain she will recover in fine style with all that beautiful love surrounding her. Nothing like a nasty accident to create a little clarity in your life. When my middle guy was 6 weeks old we were told he had cancer. He was absolutely fine within 6 months but the experience Slapped me right in the face, as you can imagine. Hindsight has made it the best lesson I ever had - slow down and live life now, intimitely revelling in it with the ones you love. Cuddle on. Sending many good vibes for the best and fastest recovery ever, for all of you.

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  4. Oh, I'm so sorry to hear this. I can't imagine how you must feel. Glad to hear she's recovering well. Thinking of you and your family. x

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  5. jesus fuck. you've got to be kidding me!
    i hope and pray that this is the pinnacle of your shit year, and that everything goes good from here on out.
    oh mama. i'm feelin for you.
    (go ahead and edit that swearing out. i just couldn't hold back this time. it's too much.)

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  6. F*ck! I can't even imagine how freaked out you would have been. Oh my. My heart leaped into my throat as I read and I am thousands of kilometres away. Oh dear. I am so glad that she is doing well now. So glad that all is what it should be. So glad that there is excellent care for her.
    ... and what about you? Are you being cared for? Have you de-briefed? Are there lots of hugs for you at this time? I hope so.

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  7. Oh no, thats terrible news :( I really feel for you & your little baby. I hope she makes a full recovery.

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  8. My heart goes out to you - on top of everything else that's been going on health-wise with your lovely family, now it's Georgette's turn :( I have a six month old daughter and I can only imagine how awful this all must have felt for you guys. Will keep George and your whole family in my thoughts and prayers - Em

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  9. Big healing kisses for George, and big chocolate-coated girl hugs for you.

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  10. Oh my goodness, that is terrible and scary and thank goodness she is doing relatively OK!

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  11. Rach, that's terrifying. I hope you and your family are okay and sweet Georgette makes a full recovery swiftly. x

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  12. Oh my god Rachel, that is so so scary. Sending good vibes for quick and non-eventful healing. xxx

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  13. F&*K. Giant, massive hugs to you and Keith, and gentle pats for George. If you need anything at all please let me know. Much, much love. xxxx

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  14. Oh my goodness, this is awful. Poor George. Poor you guys. I am sad for you. Sending you lots of love and a speedy recovery for your beautiful baby girl.

    2011 is a really crappy year. Roll on 2012.

    Lots of love, x

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  15. Such a heart wrenching post...thanks for the email and I'm glad that we spoke...you have been on all of the Grimogan Girls minds for the last few days - mum and dad send their love and hugs too! I'll be seeing you very soon. Love you and kisses for George, Keith and Ivy and Ted too. xxlisa and tildyoo

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  16. Now I'm screaming - 'God! Give these guys a freakin break!'

    If I was anywhere close to you I would be intruding on your life and doing what to take some of the load off your hands - cook some meals, wash some clothes...

    I am sending some pretty strong love and protection vibes your way right now though.

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  17. Wishing there was more to offer than the fact your story has been floating around in my head since this morning, making me more patient with the chaos of an ordinary day. I'm also sending get well/be well vibes your way for everyone.

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  18. Oh my god- am so sorry. Sending so much love to you and the gorgeous ones.

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  19. That poor dumpling! And her poor Mum and Dad! I'm glad to hear she's coming along well, and hope you lot are being taken care of as well. Sending love and prayers for a speedy and complete recovery...

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  20. This has got to go down as one of Those years for you. One of those that you can only look back on and shake your head in wonder that you made it through. I'm really sorry to see Baby Georgette had such a terrible fall. It all sounds promising though and hopefully this will be the end of your run of trials. Warm wishes for quick healing for heads and hearts alike.

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  21. My heart goes out to you all. Wishes for a speedy recovery xx

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  22. What?!! Gosh, how dreadful, Rachel. You didn't mention how it happened but I am assuming the bigger kids tipped the trolley, right? I once had a lady come up to me when I had T in a capsule trolley at the supermarket and warn me that she'd had a trolley tip on her baby. I can only imagine how sick you must have felt to see your bub on the floor like that. One thing I am certain of is that George will make a 100% recovery. Wishing you a swift change in health-reated fortunes. xxx

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  23. Geez woman! safe to say you do well in emergency situations but mate those doing the watching over you and the small people need to pull thier socks up. Lots of love and healing angels to you and the family beauty...
    Lo

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  24. Oh no, how awful! I am so so sorry to hear that! I can not imagine how terrifying and scary it must have been! Poor little George, and poor Mogantosh family... I wish for a quick and total recovery for Georgette and also for the rest of the family from this shock - I am thinking of you all and sending you lots of energy to get through this!

    Fine

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  25. Oh god, thst's horrific. My heart goes out to you all, especally gorgeous George. I'm in tears reading this, and hope with everything in my heart that everything will be okay.

    Sending much love. x

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  26. Rachel, I'm so incredibly saddened to hear about this terrible accident. Your sweet little girl - I can't even imagine the shock and stress this must have caused you and your family. I just read your newest post and I'm so happy to hear little Georgette is recovering well so far. Sending lots of healthy get-well vibes your way.
    Claire x

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  27. I've been away and am just reading this terrible news now! Rachael I can only imagine how scary this was/is!! You poor, poor buggers. Have you taken out a lottery ticket? Something great is most definitely coming your way SOON. (Only, don't bother taking one out in the $5 lottery $30mil draw, because that baby is all mine.) Really glad to hear George is on the mend, and hope it continues. Sending you mountains of good wishes for something excellent to happen. Kellie xx

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Thanks for talking to me. I don't got cooties. Oh, except for when I got cooties.