On my way to practice, Tia's coach called me. Let me tell you, when you are on your way to pick up your gymnast, and practice isn't quite finished, you NEVER want to receive a call from her coach. It rarely is a good thing. So, when I talked to her she asked me if I was almost at the gym and said I should come inside when I got there. I immediately asked what was wrong and she told me that my daughter fell while doing her series on beam. [Her series consists of two back handsprings. You can view it in her routine HERE if you're interested in seeing what I'm talking about.] I would say that is a mother-of-a-gymnasts' worst nightmare, BUT, I know it's not...there are MUCH worse things that could happen. So, I sped to the gym, parked and ran inside. ALL of the other gymnasts were leaving and crying walking toward the door. I asked if they were crying because of Tia and they said yes. My heart sank. Tia was in the gym with her coaches and when she saw me she asked, "Who are you?!" in a very confused, almost scared way. We told her I was her mother and she said, "You're my mom" then started trying to identify other people around her. She was speaking very slowly and deliberately, and would burst into tears asking us to "help her" or "fix her" and wondering what was wrong with her. That tore me up. I asked her coach to call 911. She was definitely not herself. She would identify me, look away to say something to someone else and look back at me and not remember who I was for a second. Let me tell you, that is SCARY. My kid is very bright, outgoing, funny, witty, you name it. Totally down to earth. This was NOT her and she was NOT faking it. She was frustrated and very scared.
The ambulance ride was scary as well. Several times she told me she didn't want to die and asked if she was going to die and if they were going to fix her. She held my hand, cried on and off and told me never to forget her. Needless to say, that was scarier than the episode at the gym. Fast forward through the ambulance ride to the emergency room visit. Once we got to the ER she slowly started to act more like herself. Like the clarity was ebbing its way back into her mind. A gentleman named, Jose transported Tia to the Radiology department to do a CT scan. While she was being x-rayed, I chatted with Jose. I mentioned what happened and somehow got onto the subject that she knew Spanish pretty well. I asked him if he would say something to her in Spanish when he took her back to her room, and he agreed. He came through and asked right away if she was okay in Spanish. She immediately asked, "Am I okay?" as in, 'are you talking to me?'. What a relief it was to know she comprehended what he was saying without even thinking about it. I don't know why that sticks out in my mind, but it does.
Okay, so the CT scan came back negative for any bleeding, or anything else they look for. The doctor said it was quite possible that she suffered from a mild concussion even though it didn't show on the x-ray, but only her symptoms would tell. By the time we left, she was exhausted and just wanted to get to her bed. She was a lot more like herself and by this morning she was definitely my Tia again ♥
Sooooo....I didn't finish my card last night. Turns out I HATED the card I was making anyway, and started all over today. I like this one MUCH better! I know my colors look a little off with my lighting and especially compared to the other girls' photos, BUT, I didn't have any Mellow Moss, so I used Spring Moss from PTI and I swapped Garden Green with New Leaf from PTI.
I reverse masked/sponged Mellow Moss using Lauren's My Time Made Easy TM LLC butterflies from the Flutters and Flowers© cut file. I stamped the Irish Blessing sentiment from the All A Flutter Sentiments© set in New Leaf. I also stamped the same sentiment on several (8?) pieces of tissue paper using white craft ink. Heat set briefly, then die cut with my Nestabilities Blossom Die. I sewed a button on and scrunched the tissue paper just like Lauren showed us in her video tutorial last June. I also stiched the flower to the ribbon after I tied it to the card. I adhered the buttons on the butterflies with glue dots.
Deb Horst ~ January Guest Designer
Oh, and today is Kisa's birthday! Kisa is the awesome CTD graphic designer who makes all of the cool badges and banners. I'm sure she would love it if you stopped by her blog to leave her some birthday wishes ;]
If you play along this week please remember to add a link to your post using Mr. Linky over at the Color Throwdown and use keyword CTD75 in any online galleries.
Hope you get a chance to give these colors a whirl! I'd love to see what you come up with ;] Enjoy the rest of your week!