Eileen and I spoke this morning and Emily was brought to the ER early yesterday morning. That is where they recognized that her potassium levels were low and they began treatment. Very quickly they determined that she would need more concentrated care, so she was transferred to the ICU where it is expected she will remain for the next several days.
During our discussion, Eileen clarified that when Emily had her accident last Saturday, the first person to arrive on the scene wasn't just one doctor. It was two. There was an emergency room doctor and a trauma specialist doctor and they worked, in tandem, on stabilizing Emily for the solid hour it took for an ambulance to arrive.
(Remote location + poor cell phone coverage = slow emergency response.)
My sister told me that sometimes, life moves so fast. But in a situation like the one she is in the midst of currently, life has come to a standstill. The condition of her daughter is of utmost importance as she sits by her bedside, holding her hand and praying.
Today, our thoughts are on my young niece, Emily, as she faces a long journey of recovery. But our thoughts are also on the millions of people, young and old, who have served, are serving, or who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy in this country.
Today, on this beautiful May Monday that finds me at home playing with my husband and children, while contemplating a mid-afternoon cookout ...
(Thanks Cathy for the cartoons.)