My boy has had quite the year.
He kicked it off on the 3rd of January with a wrist fracture sustained on a hover board. Not that that let him stop him — it was only after he fell over again on a trampoline that he really started to complain.
Then there was a spiral finger fracture sustained at footy practice a few weeks later. He kept playing though. Why should a sore finger stop you?
There was a suspected broken elbow another time, as well as several physio visits for extremely tight leg muscles. Apparently growing like a weed and constant footy leads to over-tight muscles that attempt to relocate your knee cap. Who knew?
A couple of weeks ago, after the physio gave the all clear and walking was not an issue anymore, an untimely push in the back landed him on the ground again, this time with a suspected torn knee ligament. We bought our third pair of crutches after that. Two adult sized pairs is handy, but we really needed a smaller set. If anyone ever needs to borrow some crutches, you know who to call. 😉
I’m a little over it to be honest. If I wasn’t already on a first name basis with the office lady from school, I definitely would be now. I pretty much pick up the phone these days and say, ‘hi (insert office lady’s name here), what has Bailey done now?’ About a month back she called to let me know that he had presented to the office with a bump on the head. An accident acquired during a reading competition.
Yes. You read that right. A reading competition. The kid can literally hurt himself doing anything.
Part of it, I think is, the un-coordination that comes from growing so fast you don’t quite know what your body is doing. The other part is the invincibility belief of seven-year-old boys that says there is nothing they can’t do. I love that part, truthfully. Yes, he hurts himself, but the kid lives life well and you can’t fault that.
I was, however, looking forward to a week off last week. No back and forwards evaluating how bad an injury actually was. No surprise trips to school in the middle of the day to collect a child that had tripped over his own feet. No interruptions to the schedule that was so carefully organised for me.
Of course, nothing happened while I was away, and Boatman had himself a dream parenting run (in my book at least.) But really I shouldn’t have been surprised that when I came home the virus my life-loving son had been incubating, spewed forth. Literally. Poor kid. Despite the numerous injuries, he’s usually healthy as a horse, so to see him down and out is hard, and viruses are just plain icky.
Bailey, being Bailey, however, he wasn’t content to just have a virus. Oh no. Monday night saw the appearance of a very odd rash that had even the doctors scratching their head. I like to keep people guessing for the most part, but being a medical mystery is not exactly the way I suggest doing that. Thankfully it (hopefully) isn’t serious, but IBOT preparation was delayed due to a visit to get it checked out.
One dose of precautionary antibiotics and several tests later, we were on our way home. I couldn’t help thinking about Sue Heck from The Middle and her ‘year of Sue.’ If you’ve ever watched that show (and you should cause it’s HI-lirious), you’ll know that while her year didn’t go the way she planned, but she just kept trying anyway.
I think this may be the year of Bailey. The one where everything is either thrown at him, or he throws himself at it, and I come along with a sigh of frustration, a word of exasperation and a great big cuddle. Often all three at once. But he doesn’t let it stop him, and even as my mother heart wants to wrap him in cotton wool and duct tape him to the couch*, I know I won’t stop him either.
One day, hopefully in the not too distant future, he will work out he’s not invincible and be a bit more careful — Boatman’s guessing he will get there at about 19.
In the meantime, I’m just going to hope for the best and celebrate all the moments we don’t spend in a doctor’s surgery. This one included. 🙂
Anyone else have a child that seems to be accident prone?
How good is The Middle? 🙂
*Comment said with tongue firmly in cheek. EssentiallyJess does not condone the duct-taping of children.