The Big Wave
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It was a great spring day! Daffodils and tulips were in
full bloom in the Skagit Valley, and our family was spending
the evening with our friends in La Conner, Washington. Our
son, Andy, his sister, Jaime, and our friend's
daughter, Jesse were riding bikes when all of a sudden, Jaime
and Jesse came flying into the living room screaming and
crying that something bad had happened to Andy. We all rushed
out of the house and down the street only to find Andy
walking his bike back towards the house, crying, with his jaw
cut to the bone.
La Conner is a small town with no hospital, and it was
apparent that he needed attention right away; his chin bone
was exposed and his jaw just didn't look quite
right. We all piled into the car and took him to the local
hospital about 20 minutes away, where I was informed after
x-rays that his jaw was broken, and that it might have to be
wired, and that he should go to Bellingham, WA. I insisted
that he go to Children's Hospital in Seattle, and
the local area hospital folks said he would have to wait
until morning and go then.
Early the next morning, we arrived at Children's
to a team of dental surgeon's. They took him into a
dental area that was amazingly kid friendly with little, just
right sized chairs. Everyone was so nice. They never wired
his jaw. They said it would interfere with the growth plate
development. The staff was so professional and kind. It was
truly an amazing experience. They helped him. They put him
back together and they even had a follow through
questionnaire a couple years later. It was impressive.
To this day, Andy has a huge scar on his chin, where come
to find out, he was waving to his sister and her friend as he
was riding past them on his bike. PS. That was when he was 7,
he's 23 now.
What does Children's mean to you, your child and your family?
Children's is a place where they serve everyone
with quality service, no matter what background you have. The
fact that they had a team of doctor's waiting for
him and the quality of care served volumes. To this day, I
would recommend anyone with a sick or ailing child to