I was practicing my volleyball hits in the front yard as my family prepared to have a Saturday afternoon BBQ. As I stepped back, I tripped over our German Sheppard and instinctively tried to catch myself. My hand stopped when it hit the ground but my body kept moving. Both bones in my left forearm were broken. The top bone had protruded through the skin and dug into the yard before going back into my arm. One of the bones had splintered, causing extensive damage to the tissue, vessels, and nerves in my arm.
I was driven to Bakersfield Memorial Hospital by my mom. The ER staff was very responsive and attentive. I was admitted to the pediatric unit in the Lauren Small Children’s Medical Center that evening and awaited surgery the next day.
While in the pediatric unit, the staff treated all of our family with kindness and compassion. They were attentive to my needs and accommodating to the rest of the family. They seemed to recognize the benefit of having loved ones close to me and were supportive of their presence.
I experienced more pain and distress than I could have ever imagined. I am thankful for the care I received during this traumatic time.
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