This is the second winter the girls have enjoyed skiing. Tuesday Ricky took off work to take the girls to the mountain. Aliah and Ricky skied together while Annabelle had a private lesson.
As you can imagine, Annabelle tells the story better. But it goes something like this: After her fall, her instructor wasn't comfortable moving her. So she called ski patrol and about ten people from the rescue team stabilized Annabelle's spinal cord and neck and put her on a backboard. Then they skied her down the mountain on a sled. (Annabelle will tell you that people on the lifts were pointing at her and covering their mouths while laughing. I explained that they were covering their mouths gasping at the sight of a little girls going down the mountain on a backboard.)
While they were taking her down the mountain, I received the dreaded phone call from Steven's Pass that my daughter was being brought down the mountain on a backboard. Not fun. However, Steven's Pass is the epitome of professional and it was evident that they were taking extra precautions to keep Annabelle safe.
God answered my prayer and Ricky just happened to be taking a water break so I was able to get a hold of him immediate so that he could be with Annabelle. Aliah did her sisterly duty of riding with Annabelle in the ambulance for the hour long ride to the hospital so that Ricky could follow in our vehicle. Annabelle demonstrated her frustration with being strapped to the backboard during this time by yelling, "get me off this cutting board!"