Monday, December 17, 2018

Christmas Catastrophes

by Dianna Foley, RHIA, CHPS, CCS 

Christmas for the Klutz family began like every other holiday-with a trip to the local ER.  A cascade of catastrophes had all the Klutz children packed into the car for the trip.  The calamities began with little Dana, who was so excited for Christmas morning, that while she was running to go downstairs, tripped over the carpet at the top of the steps, and went sprawling down them.  The clamor of the fall and his sister’s subsequent wailing roused Raymond, who was in his bedroom, from sleep.  Upon realizing it was Christmas morning, he started jumping on the bed in joy, tumbled off, hitting his chin on the nightstand.  Peter, who was in the shower, slipped in his hurry to see what all the commotion was about and struck his forehead on the faucet.  Egon, who was on the stepladder in the living room putting the Elf on a Shelf on an upper branch of the Christmas tree, was so startled by the hubbub that he lost his balance, and fell straight into the tree.  Janine, who was walking Peter to the car, slipped on the icy front porch steps hitting the back of her head on the cement sidewalk.

The ER staff, who knew the children by name, took each one to a bed and began examinations.  It turned out that little Dana had a broken nose.  Raymond had a nondisplaced, left mandibular body fracture.  A contusion of the forehead was the final diagnosis for Peter.  Egon suffered from multiple abrasions to the cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin.  Janine’s scalp laceration needed two sutures. 

Once all the children had been treated and discharged, the Klutz family returned to their lovely single-family home.  The children were sequestered to the couch (an action their parents hoped would prevent any further ER visits), and gifts were opened with no further injuries…at least for this day!

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