Grand Opening....in more ways than one!!!!!!
As I sit here excited about our storefront's grand opening this Saturday, June 13, it brings up memories of my own daughter's birth. Let's go back to March 2, 2007. I was 37 weeks pregnant. It was early in the morning, and I was going to the hospital to round before heading to the office to see patients. Leroy and I lived in a second floor apartment. As I was coming down the stairs, I felt myself falling. I didn't trip or stumble. My balance was off, as any woman who has had a baby knows!
My first thought was, "Oh no! I'm going to fall on Jaden!" I decided to turn sideways to land on my bottom. The message failed to reach my feet! As I tumbled down 3-4 steps, I thought to myself, this is going to be a nasty bruise. My phone fell a few feet away from me. I landed on the bottom step, sitting on my behind. I tried to stand and that's when it happened! The most excruciating pain I have ever felt in my right ankle. All I could do was cry. No one was around because it was so early. All the neighbors were still sleeping.
I grabbed my phone and called Leroy, crying and screaming that I fell. My hero rushed down the stairs and picked me up. The searing pain that ripped through my leg was unbearable. He started to take me back upstairs and I yelled,"No! I need to go to the ER!" Pregnant women everywhere will appreciate this part.....I get to the ER and I am sitting in a wheelchair crying in pain. Guess what the triage nurse asks me to do? Stand on the scale to get weighed!!!! All I have to say is if looks could kill, she'd be dead! I remembered my upbringing and politely declined.
X-rays were done and my suspicions were confirmed. I had broken my leg and needed surgery immediately. (I need to pause here and apologize to the nurse who attempted to take off my shoe and I hissed "Leave it alone!" It was the pain talking. I'm really a nice person!) I was given morphine to control the pain as they prepared me for surgery. I remember being out of it at that point, but Jaden remained so active. I couldn't understand why the morphine didn't calm her. I underwent a Cesarean section followed by repair of my broken ankle.
Eight years later, I look at this rambunctious little girl, and her personality has not changed a bit. Her birth was a grand opening in so many ways! The grand opening of my store will never compare to the birth of our angel, but I hope it goes down as a memorable occasion in my life, one that I will always cherish!
If you are near Columbus, MS, come by and celebrate with us! Remember Mom 2 Be...it's not your mother's maternity store!
- Pamela Lacy