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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

It's freakin' broken?

Yep. It's freakin' broken.

#1 broke his toe.

Since this is his second broken bone (broke leg @ age 2), I guess you can officially say that I am a card carrying member of the bad mom club.

The worst part about the whole situation is that it actually happened last Thursday.

That's right, people. My poor child has been going around town with his toe broken for 5 whole days.

It's because he never complains. The only reason I even thought to take him to the doctor was because I'm neurotic and I pull off his sock a couple of times a day and fiddle with it.

"Does this hurt?"

"Does this hurt?"

"Does this hurt? Huh? Does it? Does it?"

I probably broke the darn thing messing with it so much. Gosh, I hope not :(.

So how did he break it?

No exciting score on the field, no dramatic accident, no harrowing attack.

He jumped off of his bed (he has a middle level bed just high enough to store things under) and hit it on his dresser on the way down.

He cried, briefly.

His dad told him to suck it up.

Actually, I distinctly recall him saying, "Okay buddy, stop crying, it's not like it's broken."

Oh, but it was! His sweet pickle toe had suffered a hairline fracture.

So this morning, I went into his room to wake him up for school and snatched off his sock like I've been doing every morning since last Thursday. Only this time it was different. It looked swollen. Very swollen. And he was still wincing in pain when I put it through it's daily checks.

It shouldn't be swelling and still hurting five days later.

So, instead of to the bus stop we rushed off to our pediatrician's walk in hour. And, from there we went to the radiologist. And then, to another radiologist b/c the receptionist at the first stupid, freakin', annoying radiologist's office let us stand at the desk for ten minutes while she complained to someone on the phone about why she is misunderstood b/c she really is the best employee (um, no, you are not) only to eventually roll her eyes at us and inform us that they are not able to scan his foot b/c they are moving and the machines are all packed up.


But, after waiting over an hour in a waiting room full of people who were not too happy to enjoy the spirited sounds of a one year old, we were able to learn that his toe was in fact broken. They informed us that we need to buddy tape his toes and he should "take it easy" for a few weeks.

Not sure what "take it easy" means exactly as it concerns a pretty active 7 year old, but we'll see.

The most amazing part about the whole situation is that he just wanted to hurry up and get outta the place so he could make it to school. He really didn't want to miss recess or be marked absent.

Come on dude! Your toe is broken! It's okay to miss a day.

But, nope. He's working on perfect attendance and he doesn't want to mess it up for some dumb old broken toe.


Anonymous said...

I can't imagine trying to keep a 7 year old relatively still for a few weeks.

And I really lack the imagination to picture what it was like to deal with a 2 year-old in a leg cast...

Rob said...

Well I would like to be the first to welcome you to the bad mom club. I have been a member for years. Good luck with the broken toe!


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Kathy B! said...

Yay! Another new member to the club. As the newest member it is your job to host us Friday night for appetizers and drinks :) And none of those sissy appetizers, either!

parentingBYdummies said...

Drinks and food! Obviously I'm in! I never pass up an opp to get drunk or stuff my face:)

NYCity Mama said...

LOL! Aw poor little guy! Our first year in WI my then 7 year old broke his wrist...and I told him as well to suck it up, stop crying...but he wouldn't so ER told me it was broken. (guilt). Then later that year, shortly after the healing og the first break, he breaks it again, though higher up. Spent all year not swimming, but otherwise would not sit still! lol! Good luck! Hope he gets better soon.

Anonymous said...

Poor guy I hope he get better soon. I have a daughter that is 7 (Tooters) and the only way to keep her still for more than 5 minutes at a time is if she is really really sick or the Simpsons are on.

Hope all goes well!!!!

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