Friday, July 23, 2010

The Accident

"I feel like the worst mother in the world"
is probably a statement many mothers say or 
feel when their child gets hurt
I know I did.

Carter had to go to the doctor yesterday
because Mom
dislocated his elbow

Please do not think I am abusing my child
I promise I am a good mom

At Carter's last doctors appointment
we were advised we need to focus our efforts
on helping him stand next to furniture 
and pull to stand on his own

So I have been working for the last 2 weeks
with Carter on pulling himself to a stand position

He is strong enough 
I think when he let go of my hand and fell to his bum
his elbow twisted funny 
and his bone twisted out of its place

I'll tell you what though
he is one brave kid
his Mom was sobbing for him
so he really didn't need to cry much

Today he is all smiles
Like nothing ever happened


Josh M said...

That's a pretty common injury Sedra, don't be too hard on yourself. I think what he had is called nursemaid's elbow, and you're right, it's a subluxation of the radial head at the elbow. I've seen it several times in little kids who are being pulled up or along by their arms. Usually it's reduced by maneuvering the elbow back into position - with immediate relief. So don't blame yourself, it happens a lot! There aren't any complications from it.

Edra Davidson said...

Thank you Josh!!! What you said is almost word for word what Carter's doctor said and makes me feel a LOT better knowing it happens a lot.
You are brilliant by the way. All that terminology is impressive to remember!

Brady and Rachel said...

I've also seen that happen in my little cousin when his dad was swinging him around and he was laughing hysterically for a while. Its very common. But I totally understand feeling like the worst mom etc, it happens. My oldest pulled a pot of boiling water on himself at almost 2 yrs old. I thought I had done everything I was supposed to do in making sure the handle wasn't hanging over the edge of the stove, etc. He had never attempted to get near the stove before. While I was talking to my hubby, T saw the spaghetti spatula on the edge of the counter and took it over to the pot and reached up and I saw him just as he was reaching up. I ran, and he pulled back and got the spatula caught on the edge of the pot and pulled it down on him. WORST experience of my life and I felt like the worst mother in the world. Especially everytime we had to hold him down and scrub his burns twice a day. I realize I wasn't the worst mom, but you can't help but feel that way some times. Glad your little guy is doing well and his elbow is going to be fine. Good luck with job interviews, etc and hopefully getting back to Utah as it seems that is where you guys are hoping to go.

David and Taryn said...

Sedra, You are an amazing mom. I'm so sorry that happened to Carter, but it could happen to anyone. Don't let it get to you. Carter is lucky to have such a wonderful mom and dad that love him and take such great care of him.

Edra Davidson said...

Rachel- That is such a sad story of your son! I felt sick to my stomach for you. We will keep everyone posted for sure on whether Ed gets a job in Salt Lake or not.

Taryn- Thank you so much for your kind words! I think its so easy to beat ourselves up over things that can happen to our kids. I think it was pure arrogance on my part thinking I would be the "perfect" mommy and do absolutely everything right. Can I have a second slice of that humble pie please? :)