What began as an innocent practice for an upcoming church basketball tournament, ended in the local emergency room. Late Thursday night, Brad took an elbow to the eye under the basket. He was able to clean it up a little and drive himself home for a spousal consultation. After Maren determined that stitches would most likely be necessary, the family's good friend Cathi came over to stay with the children so Maren and Brad could go to the ER together.
Miraculously, the entire hospital visit lasted less than an hour and a half. The ER doctor was a low-key, soft-spoken, very nice man sporting a beard and pony tail. Maren couldn't help but wonder if his Harley was parked in the employee lot somewhere. Brad mentioned that Maren should take a picture during the process. Maren hesitated, but the doctor said to get the camera. He took a picture of Brad and then told her to get in for a picture, too! Besides the fact that poor Brad is going to be wearing a nasty black eye for a while, the whole experience was rather pleasant.