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Our Boy Hurt In Bicycle Accident

July 30, 2007

Written by Fookem

Dino’s son, Antonio


On Saturday afternoon, the outside was so calm. My boys rode the bicycles with their neighborhood friends. About 5:30 pm, his friend’s mother brought my old son, Antonio to our house with bleeding eye. My wife Carrie was getting ready for the boys to eat dinner. But she saw and took him to the emergency room which it was Northwest Community Hospital (24 hours treatment), she knew that the cut was so deep and needed to be stitched. She paged me and told me what happened. I thought it was very common for the kids to get cut by falling off their bicycles. I came in and saw him. At first thing, I asked him, “how do you feel? You ok?” He nodded his head. He held a big gauze to stop the bleeding. I asked him if it was ok for me to look at the wound. His another eye dropped a tear and nodded his head. So, I took the gauze off and took a good look at it. The picture in my imagine was wrong. I thought the cut was located on the side where the most common cut was, near eyebrow or something like that. I said to my wife Carrie “oh shit! It is a really bad one and I did not expect that area where his cut is.” Anyway, we got no interpreter but we communicated nurses by writing the paper and pen. But the other lady walked in from the other room. She said, “Hello, need an interpreter?” I said, “I remembered you because you were my boys’ interpreter at school for IEP. ” She said, “Yes, that’s right.” I asked how she knew that we were there. She chuckled and said that she heard our last name and decided to check with us to see if we need an interpreter. I asked why she was in the emergency room. She told us that she got stung by a bee but she felt ok. I told her that we didn’t need her right away because the nurse was calling the other hospital where they were going to send our son to. A few minutes later, she left. And the paramedics came. They talked to our boy and he interpretered for us. I told them to talk to us not him because he was a hurting victim.

He rode in the amblance with his mommy to the another hospital (Lutheran General Hospital). The hospital has the best service for deaf patients, they will provide an interpreter, tty, etc.. I was in disbelief situation, I mean how does it happened? You know where the cut is. My another son Mario was so upset and cried. He loved his brother so much. I told him that he will be alright, the doctors and nurses would take care of Antonio very good.

About 8:15 pm, I came back home from Northwestern Community Hospital, I put the food away, turned the television off, etc..then dropped Mario off at my parents’ house which is very close to my house. So I drove to Lutheran General Hospital and parked. Oh, before I parked my SUV, there was a gate so I had to press the button, the intercom spoke to me. I said nothing then the gate does not open so I pressed it again. The security came to me. I said I am deaf. He said ok, let me press the button for you so you can park your vehicle there. I parked and walked to emergency room. I came to the security and asked where is my son located at? He guided me to the room where he stayed.

Antonio just came out of CT SCAN and the doctor wanted to make sure if there was nothing wrong with his eyes, blah blah. The nurse brought the old fashioned TTY to our room. There was a closed caption on tv. She said she tried to page the interpreter but no luck. I told her, thats ok with us, at least communicate with us through pen and paper.

The eye doctor, Dr. Anderson, came in and gave an eye examination. She said, there is no eye ball damage, broke bone, no damage orbit, his eye vision is very good…everything looked so normal to her except the cut area. What she told me that Antonio has two cuts on the upper lid and one on the lower lid. They are very far in the inner corner and look like they both cut across the tear drainage canals. So besides repairing the lid lacerations, the tear duct should be repaired. It drains the tears out of the eye and the left might always tear if it was not repaired. Because it is a difficult repair. She found an oculoplastic specialist, Dr. Noel Saks who specializes in the lids and plastic surgery. He has checked with the Operating room and they could do it next day at 8:30 am.

‘Oh no’, Carrie said as the clock showed 10:45 pm. Why can’t they do it right now? You know how mother is. I told her not to worry because they would do a better job in the fresh morning because they wont be tired. So the time was running until 1 am. Carrie went home and I stayed with him through the night. I still can’t figure out myself. You know when you fall from the bicycle, you could get your face scratch from the sidewalk or broke nose or broke tooth or could lose the eye if right hit, you could say ‘IF’, ‘IF’ or ‘but’, ‘but’.

Fast Forward to 7:30 am, the next day, the interpreter showed up. We explained to her what happened so she won’t feel lost what was going on when the nurse talked to us. Anyway the hour past to 8:30 am, the nurse sent him to the operation room. Before he was taken by the doctor, I explained to him, what to expect, step by step so he won’t feel scared when he wakes up after the operation. Of course, he cried and he said, he was scared. It made us cry too and felt bad about him that he had to go through the difficult time. Dr. Noel Saks showed up and talked to him about the surgery. Antonio asked him, ‘How long will it takes you to finish my eye? The doctor said, it all depends on your eye as I have to take a look to see how it goes. If it is a simple job, would say around 1 to 1 1/2 hours, if not, around 3 to 4 hours. We kissed him and signed ‘I love you’. You be brave and we will wait for you.” He left. I looked at the clock, 9:05 am.

I drove back home and took a good shower. My mind was not thinking straight cuz of his eye. I came to see Mario where he stayed at my parent’s house. I asked if he wanted to come to the hospital to see his brother. He was going to cry and said “I don’t want to go. ” I told my dad, I think he was upset because he saw what happened. But my dad said he can stay and I come back. At 11:00 am, Carrie paged me that Antonio was in the recovery room and he was doing ok. So I ate my lunch quickly and went back to the hospital.

I walked in the room and shocked myself that he was still awake. I thought he would wake up a little bit later but I was wrong. So I gave him a BIG hug, I said “you man! you brave. ” He smiled and I asked; you ok? He nodded his head and I asked him, ‘Your eye hurts?’ He said no. WOW, the technology is much better than before. What more is that he does not have the big gauze to cover the wound.

Antonio sat and watched the cartoon on the television. He was very quiet. A few minutes later, Carrie told me that our interpreter was pissed off at Northwest Community Hospital that they did not provide an interpreter for us. So Carrie told her, you take care of it because we were worn out. She said ok, she left and made a phone call and explained about the situation. But she never came back, we guessed that some patients needed her. We will see her again someday.

Antonio wanted me to ask the nurse that he wants to watch the movie so I pressed the red button. It’s for nurse to come if we need her. But there has a small speaker. She asked Antonio what kind of movie he wanted to watch. He whispered, Pokemon. She said she can’t hear so he spoke little loud because he had a sore throat. I told him, “you are lucky that you have deaf parents that can’t speak.” He smiled.

A few hours later, out of blue, I tapped on Carrie’s shoulder and I told her that I missed Dr. Stern being around here. She is good at explaining with something we don’t know what it is. Or something that we need to know, she has a lot of patient if we ask her some questions to discuss. Feeling bond with her is the most important part because you know how deaf people tend. She is deaf and easy to communicate with deaf patients like us. Dr Stern, in case you are reading this….We miss you!

The nurse gave me the instruction and explained what to do with Antonio’s eye. Put the medicine on his eye, etc.. He may resume normal activity as tolerated. I was like GASP, you must be kidding because the way how bad his eye is. She laughed, yes he can. Wow, again the technology!

So, the bottom line is, we are blessed. Nothing serious about Antonio’s eye, just cut and tube. Everyone at Northwest Community Hospital and Lutheran General Hospital was supportive and caring. Also the others such as woman who was willing to interpret for us in E.R, our neighborhood, my blog partner and friend, Eric, my parents and my brother who watched our another son, Mario, while we were at hospital with Antonio. Thanks to them for the generous support. Again, we are blessed.

Me off to bed! Good night.


Updated as 07/31/07

Categories: Announcement
  1. July 30, 2007 at 2:56 am

    Dear Dino and family, what a scary experience but you got a good doctor! What a blessing.

    Dear Antonio, I am sorry to learn of your injury. Please accept my best wishes for a quick recovery. I can’t believe how brave you must be. Very brave like a soldier. Hang in there.


  2. July 30, 2007 at 6:15 am

    You are indeed blessed that it wasn’t more serious.

    Although I have no children of my own, I still feel for you. As a Dad, it had to be hard to watch what was happening to your own son, and worrying about whether he will be okay. I’m glad everything turned out fine.

    Antonio, I agree with Bug…it sounds like you were quite brave to deal with all the doctors, the surgery, etc. I’m sure it must have been a scary experience, but it looks like you handled it well. Good for you! I wish you a speedy recovery!

    Deaf Pagan Crossroads

  3. July 30, 2007 at 6:57 am

    Ah, it’s not easy being a parent when our kiddos are hurt! Glad you had a positive experience and hope he heals quick.

  4. July 30, 2007 at 7:39 am

    My heart is felt and I send my magic heal to your boy! riding can be danger, always keep alert and think safety behind our minds. Think happy thoughts, it will recover faster!

    Gary Brooks

  5. jflmad
    July 30, 2007 at 8:28 am

    Hey Dino,

    Glad Antonio is doing alright!

    I had fun time with Mario when taking care of him. We played gamecube, Super Mario baseball game. Mario beated me 3 times and I won only once over the 2 days span!

    It’s really a freak accident especially with the loaction of the injury on the eye. Glad nothing else serious happen, etc…whew!

  6. Trudy
    July 30, 2007 at 8:33 am

    Ouch!!!!!!!!!!! So glad it wasn’t more serious…that’s one ugly bruise!

  7. seekgeo
    July 30, 2007 at 8:35 am

    OMG, I’m just glad that it wasn’t far too serious. Thank you so much for sharing everything with us. He is in our prayers.

    Keep us posted, I know he is very strong and will recover quickly in no time.

    Hugs to you all

  8. July 30, 2007 at 9:23 am

    Dino and Carrie…

    Thank you so much for thinking of me…It seems like you understood what they were talking about even though it was a scary experience for you both as well as for your sons! I am glad to hear you had great docs there at Lutheran and that your son is recovering nicely!

    Remember…if there is something you don’t understand, you can always “ask the doc” on our website, http://www.deafdoc.org and click on “Ask The Doc”! The direct link is: http://www.deafdoc.org/ask/.

    Carolyn Stern, MD

  9. July 30, 2007 at 10:14 am

    Awww about Mario. It appears that Carrie and you, Dino, have been making sure that the brothers are close.

    And that is the greatest gift in this world.

    so nice to hear about this!



  10. Dianne K
    July 30, 2007 at 10:51 am

    Ouchie! Being a parent, seeing your own kids being hurt is so hard!!! Your son was in good hands and is on the road for full recovery. Thanks goodness for improved medical treatment and alert parents!

  11. July 30, 2007 at 10:53 am

    Thank you for telling your story about your son. This was a scary experience, both for Mario, his brother and for you, his parents. We deafies are very concerned with our eyes and vision, so I can understand the nervousness around this particular accident. Telling your story will help with closure and healing for all. Again, thanks for sharing it with us. As a community, we send you all our love and blessings.

    ~ LaRonda

    July 30, 2007 at 11:02 am


  13. Abe
    July 30, 2007 at 11:29 am


    Sorry about Antonio’s accident, but glad things are getting better. Kids have a way of healing fast!


  14. Linda Niglio Langer
    July 30, 2007 at 11:36 am

    I’m sorry about what happened…but I’m glad that Antonio’s eye is OK now.. nothing serious. He sure is a BRAVE young boy! 🙂

  15. garfieldcat
    July 30, 2007 at 12:09 pm

    Oh no! I am very sorry to hear that. Hope he will be recovered quicker. Best luck to you. Take care.

  16. White Ghost
    July 30, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    Thank god that he did not get his eye damaged.

    When I was little girl, I remembered that I witnessed that a pitcher threw a softball into the girl’s other side of her eye and got blind. It was an accident.

    Your son is very blessed that his eye is getting normal pretty soon.

    White Ghost

  17. July 30, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    “Whoa!!! OUCH!”

    That’s the first words that came out of my mind when I first saw that pic! Poor kid!

    You’re lucky to have a good experience with the help from the hospital and other people around you! I’m glad your boy will be okay.

  18. Diane
    July 30, 2007 at 7:19 pm

    Wow – Sounds painful .. My brother injured his same eye three times and his daughter, 2 times. A long freeaking story. Glad they can see — but some scars are still shown. I hope your boy is well! Diane

  19. Gale
    July 30, 2007 at 9:12 pm

    Dino, Carrie, Antonia adn Mario,

    So glad things are better and Antonio is getting better, You are truly BLESSED!!! Thank God that everything turned out okay. Antonio, you hang in there and keep being the BRAVE,STRONG, young man your parents are bringing up. I will keep you all in my prayers for a speedy recovery for Antonio and more strength and courage for the rest of you.

    God Bless you all,


  20. Lisa Marie
    July 30, 2007 at 10:09 pm

    You are brave and I’m glad you are doing well. My heart, thoughts, and prayers are with you for your quick recovery!

  21. dimsum
    July 30, 2007 at 11:40 pm

    oh no.. ouch… hope he’s getting a quick recovery in a very short time! what a relief that there is no damage within his eye socket!

  22. July 31, 2007 at 8:36 am

    Dear Readers,

    Thanks for your concerning about my son’s eye and my family. We are ok mentally and emotionally after his accident.

    I got same questions thru email. They asked, How did he fell from his bicycle?, What did he hit when he fell that cut his eye? and Did he wear the helmet? How old is he?

    Well, what he told us that he rode his bike with his friend on the street. He looked behind and saw a car came up so he sped up. He tried to move to the sidewalk from the street. Suddenly, he lost his balance, he fell and hit his left eye on the sidewalk corner (concrete dots). But logically, I don’t think his eye hit on the sidewalk. Why? There is no scratch on his face from sidewalk, no broke bone (cheek or nose or tooth) if your face lays on the sidewalk, it turns in ugly incident but just two cuts on his eye? My feeling is that when he fell his eye, it hits on ‘front brake’ where you press the brake handle when you stop your bicycle. Or is it a miracle? The answer is that we don’t know the exact what happened.

    Did he wear the helmet? This incident, no. He does not wearing a helmet. Again, it does not make any difference if he wears it or not because the incident is his eye. How can it protect his eye? If another area like head than his eye then it is another issue to discuss.

    He is 9 years old but will turn 10 years old in a few weeks from now.

    Yesterday afternoon, he was so thrilled because his eye opened for a short time. He can see a little bit. His bump downsized. Everything looks good so far.

    He will see his doctor this afternoon.

    I will keep you updated on his eye.

    Any questions? Feel free to ask…

    Again thanks,

  23. July 31, 2007 at 8:24 pm

    His doctor checked on his eye. What a speed recovery he had, the doctor said. The color of bruise on his eye now turns in yellow a little bit. His bump is gone.

    Forget to add, the tubes for tear drainage canals will stay there for six months.

  24. Abe
    August 1, 2007 at 8:43 am

    That is great news! He looks alot better than first picture!


  25. Lloyd
    August 1, 2007 at 9:12 am

    Glad that Antonia got good care from the medicial team…

    Thanks for sharing with me


  26. Lisa Marie
    August 1, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    Oh, he looks so much better and sure it’s a speedy recovery!
    Wanted to share with you that my daughter was in the hosptial last week and they used her as an interpreter! I told them that they needed to talk with me by writing on the papers…and then we waited for an hour for an intepreter to arrive and then everything’s fine. The people who work at the hosptial need to be educated that they can’t use children as interpreter even for first 10 minutes…they can write down on the paper.

  27. August 1, 2007 at 9:48 pm

    Dear Fookem,
    So glad your son is doing better. Life is so precious.

  28. August 30, 2007 at 10:33 pm

    Hello readers,

    Here is the update information about my son. My son went to see his doctor today. The doctor told us that it is possible to take the tube out less than four months. That’s good news to hear.

  29. Lisa Marie
    August 31, 2007 at 7:26 am

    Oh, that is good news! Less than 4 months are so much better than six months!

  30. August 31, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    Whew! I’m glad he’s okay.

  31. karen choklad
    November 9, 2007 at 10:54 am

    hi dino carrie
    wow i read ur story about ur son thats god dr did good job ur son s eye doing well im gladly hes doing okay pls keep in touch with us ur kids are handsome boys

  32. February 3, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Antonio went to see his doctor about two weeks ago. On Feb 8, he will have to go to the surgery room to take his tube off.

    I will take the picture of his eye after his surgery.

  33. Anonymous
    October 30, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    hey little soldier gip going and got bettle soon…

  34. A.J
    October 30, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    It sends me the goose bumps to see the innocent boy to get serious cut. And

    I am curious what is the result now?

    Thank you for sharing your experience.

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