Oh boy, did me and Matt have the craziest morning! You are going to want to read this whole post ha ha it will have you laughing!
My morning started out by waking up at 4AM, man that is early and there was no reason for me to be up that early. I usually wake up at 5:30AM for work, so I made myself go back to sleep until I had to get up. 5:30 rolled around and I felt like I had been hit by a train! I was exhausted, my throat hurt, and I just wasn’t a happy camper. I should have just woke up when I did the first time. I got ready and headed to work.
I got to work and my mom had started getting Matt ready for school like every morning. She had him all dressed in his Broncos clothes (warm up pants that are very slippery!) and moved him into his wheelchair. His vent was on, but it wasn’t giving him proper breaths. We started to trouble shooting his vent and his tubes and everything was in line but Matt still wasn’t breathing properly. We called out to my dad to help troubleshoot and ended up moving him over to his vent that he is on when he is in his bedroom. We switched out the vent on his chair to a backup that we usually don’t have on hand and it was doing the same thing! We couldn’t figure it out. We finally got it working and put him on it. During this entire time we missed the bus to school, so I planned on driving our wheelchair van out.
I loaded Matt into the van and we started on our way! As we turned the corner right by my moms house Matt tipped over in his wheelchair (he does this randomly) so I pushed him up while slowly driving and told him he needed to sit up. I then felt like I needed to check on him again and turned around to find that he had fallen out of his wheelchair!!! His head was down on his footrests! The first thought that went through my mind was that his tracy could have fallen out, luckily it was still in which meant that he still had his airway and was breathing thank heavens. Our van is really tight quarters, I will try to paint a picture for you but it may not work ha. There is the 2 front seats and in between them there is a cooler thing on the floor that we keep his suction machine in, then Matt pulls right up. It’s hard to get around him in the van. So I hope that explains the tight space I had to lift him back into his wheelchair! Not to mention that he is dead weight, he has no muscle tone and can’t hold any of his weight. He is a heavy little man! I tried to lift him up into his chair and my first try was very unsuccessful! (Remember that he is in his warm up pants so he is super slippery to put into his wheel chair) I tried again and got him to the edge of his chair and he slipped right back down… On my last try I told Matt “We can do this, help me buddy! We have to get you back into your chair!” On the third try I finally got him back in his chair to find that with the whole ventilator problems this morning his seatbelt was taken off and not put back on. An honest mistake. I mean we were so concerned about his airway and breathing we just over looked it. My mom knows she put it on him when she put him in the first time, so someone must have undone it thinking we were going to have to move him to his bed when he wasn’t breathing very good.
After all of this and I took a deep breath in the van before we started driving to school again, I asked him if he was okay and he said “Yes, I’m fine” rolling his eyes with an annoyed expression that also said I’m a big kid, I am tough, stop worrying. All we both could do was laugh the rest of the way to school and after. I mean what special needs kid falls out of their wheelchair while their sister is driving them to school ha ha. I just love this sweet boy and am so grateful that I get to take him to school and spend my bonus time with him. He keeps my life in perspective. He brings so much happiness to me. I love you Matt!