Saturday, December 24, 2011

One Lucky Boy

I don't feel so comfortable talking about things too personal here since I can't be anonymous, but this has been effecting the shop's business hours. So I decided to write...

This was the view from my boy's hospital room. He had been hospitalized since Tuesday. He had a serious head injury called Epidural Hematoma while he was skateboarding. It was the second day of winter break. He was skating alone at school and fell pretty badly. He called me at work panicking, and while I was on the way, one of his teachers came to work and found him bleeding on his face. She called 911 and when I got there, he was already in the paramedic's care. I left my car there and went to SF General in the ambulance with them. My long day started since then. Being in an ER was crazy, but they were an amazing team! They didn't waste a second and made sure not only the boy was looked after, but that I was feeling okay as well. He was conscious all those hours, so we were positive about his condition. But after CAT scan, they found that his skull was fractured and there was internal bleeding. They had to stop the bleeding and remove the clot right away. The neurosurgeon team quickly arrived and explained to me what needed to be done. Yes, there were some risks that scared the hell out of me. After everything was over, I was told what saved his life was that he received the medical treatments very quickly from the fall to the surgery. If his teacher didn't see him at the accident site and call 911, he could have been dead, his doctor told him. Everyone said he was very lucky. He has wounds all over his body and face. His left side face is so swollen that he can hardly open his left eye. And he will have a huge scar on his head for the rest of his life. But,the important thing is that he is ALIVE! That's all matters. He is recovering remarkably and came home yesterday. He needs to rest and recover at home for the next few weeks. So this was the reason for the emergency sign if you saw it on the door. And my apologies to those who traveled to the shop and found out that the shop was closed. Thanks for understanding and I wish you all happy and safe holidays.

***The shop will be closed on December 24, 25, 26.
Lucky to be alive! Wear a helmet, everyone. Peace out!


  1. What a miracle! God bless you and Kyle. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you...

    All the best and I will keep you in my prayers.
    Dianne B

  2. I'm so sorry to read what happened, and so glad your son is fine, now - it must have been very, very scary days for both of you. I wish you happy, safe and quiet holidays.


  3. I am really sorry to hear about the accident. It is amazing that he was able to get the care and support he needed when he needed. My wife and I are looking forward to seeing you both in the shop well and thriving. Our best wishes and thoughts are with you.


  4. Yoshko! These are the children I take care of every day in Oakland. I am SO glad everything is OK. You're right, he's one lucky boy! Maybe Santa will bring him a helmet! :) - Sara

  5. Oh my goodness, Yoshko. I am so sorry that you've had to endure all that worry. I am so glad to hear that he's fine. I guess the morale to this story is to wear a helmet and skate with friends! I hope to see you in January sometime. I wish your son a speedy recovery.

  6. oh my! i am soo glad that he is ok!! i havent read your blog in a while and thought i'd pop in! my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family... i hope to see you soon, til then, to a great new prosperous new year!