Our children all have little accidents where they fall and graze their knee or bang something as they run around playing, but has your child ever had a really silly accident, that has resulted in something more serious?
In 2011 while we were staying at a friend’s house, the kids were playing and us adults were chatting, when all of a sudden C let out a horrific scream, you know the one that just tells you that something is not right. We looked around to see her lying on the floor. We thought she had just slipped and was being over dramatic, but she could not get up, I went over and she could not put her foot down at all. Further investigation she had a huge lump and it was straight to hospital to sit and wait in A&E.
C was given x-rays, luckily her Dad is tougher than me and was with her for this bit, as they needed certain positions and she could not move her leg and was crying in pain. The x-rays showed she had a spiral fracture, so my darling Daughter was not content with breaking one bone she had to do 2. We then had to wait for a cast to be put on, but she may need to have an operation, and that we need to take her to a different hospital. As our car was at our friends house, I phoned my parents who packed a bag for C and came and got us and drove us to the other hospital.
Once we reached the new hospital, we had to wait to see a Dr who informed us they are still waiting on making a decision. By this time all any of us had all day was a bit of toast at breakfast, poor C was starving.. In the end I went home with my parents while my husband stayed with C, I packed more bits and headed back to hospital, stopping at McDonalds for something to eat for us all. When I got back no decision had been made and C was more upset as she was starving, but nurses told us nothing would happen tonight so she can eat.
As only one of us could stay, my husband went home, to leave me to have one of the longest nights of my life, every slight movement hurt her leg, she was in agony, the nurses had to keep checking on her which was usually when she was asleep, so that woke her up, but we got through the night.
The next day it was decided no operation was needed and to have a permanent cast put on, and she could go home once she had proven she could walk ok but non weight-bearing. Unfortunately, no one had told physio, so while we sat waiting around for hours to see if we could go home, they had gone home themselves. As you can imagine I was not very pleased and let them know it. So it meant another night in hospital for us.
Next morning, I made sure that physio were coming to see us, and told C she had better listen to them and walk without putting her leg down. Luckily my husband had returned before physio came to see us, and we were given the go ahead to go home. So we then just had to wait for her to be discharged.
After 2 nights we were finally home, and I could get a proper nights sleep in my own bed. C was off school for about 6 weeks, which included the christmas holidays, but we did go into school to see her friends and join in some things, and she returned to school in the January, but was still non weight bearing.
Finally after a few extra weeks her cast was changed to a half leg and she could start putting weight on it, which she was scared to at first.
And the reason she had this silly accident is because she was wearing a onsie that had the enclosed feet, and her leg twisted as she fell as her foot gripped the floor. Since that day all onsies have not had feet