My name is Lindsey Krueger. I am going to tell you the story of what happened to me last summer. I was 9 years old at the time.
It was Sunday, June 8th 2014. Summer vacation officially starts the next day and I was VERY excited. We had a FUN afternoon at the beach and had come home for dinner. Our neighbors stopped over unexpectedly and my sister Lauren, my neighbor Makayla and I went to play behind our house.
I had the GREAT IDEA of climbing a tree that was growing out of a rock fence. I was about 20 feet up in the air when it happened. The branch broke and I fell. I hit the back of my head on a big rock. I was unconscious and when I woke up I was dizzy, throwing up and bleeding from the back of my head. I was VERY dizzy so Lauren and Makayla tried to help me walk back to the house (about 200 yards). I couldn’t keep going so Lauren ran to our house and told my Mom that I was hurt. My Mom ran to me and carried me back to the house, then put me in the car and rushed to St. Michael’s Hospital.
At the hospital, they put a stiff neck brace on me that was VERY uncomfortable. I had to have a “cat” scan of my head that showed two areas of bleeding on my brain. The doctor stapled my scalp and then I went for an ambulance ride to St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. I was very queasy, dizzy and had a HEADACHE!
I don’t remember much until about Wednesday. My room was kept dark and quiet or the room would start spinning and I would get nauseous again.
My sister Lauren was very upset about what happened and cried all night. My Dad brought her to see me the next day, she cried REALLY hard when she first saw me. She said she kept seeing me fall and seeing the blood when she would close her eyes.
A very nice lady from Child Life came into my room (I was still out of it) and gave Lauren a book called “I Saw a Terrible Thing”. The lady’s name was Jordan. She really helped my sister. She read the book to us and then took Lauren to talk about what happened and do some crafts. Lauren had a lot of fun with all of the Child Life Specialists! The Specialists Lauren, Jordan, Lindsey and Taylor spent a lot of time with her. She felt a lot better and wasn’t so upset.
I wasn’t able to go the activity room until Thursday. Once I felt better we went outside to the play area twice and also made some crafts! I had to wear sunglasses when I was out of my room because the light bothered me. The Child Life people checked on me often and asked if I wanted to have them play a musical instrument or just talk. I felt very tired all the time and lost 7 pounds in 7 days!
Dr. Fernandez was my doctor in Peds ICU. He was very nice to me and SUPER smart. He checked on me a lot during the day. He was funny. I was moved out of Peds ICU on Thursday. I was able to go home Sunday June 15th. It was Father’s Day! I was in the hospital for a week.
All of the nurses, doctors and Child Life people were very nice; they took great care of me.
What “miracle” means to me is that God is watching over me, He keeps me safe. I think it’s a miracle that I am perfectly fine now.
I know that life can change in one second!
When I was better and Dr. Fernandez asked me if I was going to climb anymore trees; I said NO WAY!
He smiled and said YES YOU ARE, JUST DON’T FALL OUT OF THEM!