What do you do?

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

These are the same photo. I added the line. This photo was taken five hours after he hit his head. The swelling has gone down a considerable amount. As well. It was nearly black at first and is now a light blue.

What do you do when the mom in you comes out and "freaks"? When everyone around you is saying "Oh he will be fine, It's just a bump" But you sit and worry about concussions (his pupils dilate the same) and skull fractures....

Wait. Is that possible? I mean he said his head doesn't hurt, he is acting like himself, if his skull was broken, wouldn't we know? He didn't pass out, nor was he dizzy or nauseated.

His hands were shaking so badly ten minutes later he said that they "sure were hyper" What does that mean? Nothing? Everything?

What happens when the force of everyone makes me keep him home and ignore my instinct to rush him into the nearest city for a Doctor to see him. What do I do if it is serious and something worse happens.

Something I am unable to even type?

Is it just the mom in me panicking? I mean. The other woman, my mother in law had six children and ran a daycare for 18 years. She would know right?


I'm going to go to bed scared. I just know I will have nightmares. And each time I wake up I will go and check on him.

I am putting off bedtime. It's been five hours since the two boys crashed onto the asphalt trying to catch a Frisbee.

I can't wait for morning. And I hate morning.

I will update.

12Am: knows his name and age, his brothers' names and correctly identifies two fingers.

2 AM: tells me his name and then says if I wake him up again he will be cranky and that no one likes cranky boy.

11:30 AM : verdict. I over reacted. He is fine.

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Blogger Sheila said...

omg - thats one hell of a bump. I don't know what to tell you. yes, please update.

10:47 PM, August 08, 2007  
Anonymous teebopop said...

Whatever I say, is going to scare the heck out of you.

If it were me, I'd take him to the doc. Just to be on the safe side.

It IS quite a bump, even with the swelling gone down. Kids brains are so fragile.

I know he has no symptoms of a concussion from what you said, but that isn't the only thing to worry about.

Go with your gut. You gave birth to him, not anyone else.

See? I told you this would scare you.

10:47 PM, August 08, 2007  
Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

I agree with Teebopop. Can't hurt to have him checked out.

2:14 AM, August 09, 2007  
Blogger Sans Pantaloons said...

Ouch! I'm sure he will be okay. When Stevie Earlie smashed by head with a huge boulder, my Mum just rubbed the blood off with some sawdust and said, "There you are son, right as rain!" and shoved me back out to play.

4:57 AM, August 09, 2007  
Blogger me said...

on a vacation, my youngest, who was about 4 at the time, crashed his noggin on the wood arm of a futon/couch. my siblings still talk about actually watching his head grow before their eyes. it was U G L Y. but kids are tough lil critters, some ice, a freeze pop and a smidge of children's tylenol and he was right as rain. i on the other hand still have nightmares.

i'm sure he will be fine.

5:46 AM, August 09, 2007  
Blogger Avitable said...

I would comment but I'm taking a nap instead.

7:56 AM, August 09, 2007  
Blogger Marilyn said...

Probably no big deal... I hate that though. I'm generally a no doctors kind of person but as a MOM you really do have an instinct for when things are messed up. If you still feel like there's something wrong then I'd take him in. It's not like you live here where you'd be paying for it for the next six years.

8:21 AM, August 09, 2007  
Blogger Not a Granny said...

Go with your feeling and do what will make you feel better!

Give him hugs for me/us!!

After the dr. you take a nap!!

9:01 AM, August 09, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The mom in me is panicking too!!! But I'm sure he'll be fine there are no signs of a concussion, then again I'm no Doctor either.
It wouldn't hurt to take him in to have him checked, and give you a piece of mind.

11:13 AM, August 09, 2007  
Blogger Kentucky Girl said...

Oh good grief, I'd have freaked out, too! YIKES!

11:53 AM, August 09, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would freak out too. But my kids have done that a couple of times, at least he wasn't bleeding. Just keep some ice on it. Kids are bouncy... When A girl's boy little T was hit in the head with the crouqet mallet, he was fine too. It was tender for a while, but he didn't get a bad concussion or anything. I don't think.

12:05 PM, August 09, 2007  
Blogger Lynda said...

Natural motherly reaction. I probably would have taken him in, but waking him up works too.

1:48 PM, August 09, 2007  
Blogger chlorinejenny said...

I'd freak out and take him to the emerg!

I have learned to trust my mom instinct and not listen to anything that other people say about my son.-including my husband. I was right about my son having Diabetes and it saved his life.

2:57 PM, August 09, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see that he is him old self. If only us fragile adults could bounce back as fast a a kid

4:03 PM, August 09, 2007  
Blogger Fantastagirl said...

It swelled out - swelling out is always good.

I would have taken him in, but then I worry too much, and tend to be on the safe side of things...yeah, I know I need to relax.

5:25 PM, August 09, 2007  
Anonymous Peggy said...

Since my sister is a Pediatric nurse I just call her and she rushes over and let's me know if it needs a trip to the E.R. Sad thing is, it's usually a "yes!"

8:21 PM, August 09, 2007  
Blogger Sheila said...

Yay! Cute video! He seems a little too excited about school though. Maybe he hit his head harder than you thought. ;)

10:36 PM, August 09, 2007  
Blogger Not a Granny said...

Great video! Glad everything worked out!!

3:53 AM, August 10, 2007  
Blogger DeeJay said...

My daughter, at the age of 5, climbed onto the sink in the bathroom to look at her face. She was supposed to be putting her jammies in there so that when her brother was done in the bath tub she could have her turn. Well, like I told her she would do, and that's why she didn't need to be up there anymore, she fell off, backards and hit her head on the side of the tub. Immediate purple egg size lump. Lucky for me my friends husband was an EMT for the Air Force at the time so I took her over there and he looked at it and said she should go to the ER. She ended up fine, but it was a comfort to my brain that night at bedtime to know she was okay. At that time I had no family in town. The closest relative was 90 miles away. It was just me, my 8 year old and my 5 year old...living.

Sometimes you have to do what the Mama feels is best. Because Mother knows best.

7:22 AM, August 10, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it just goes to show how much like me he is. when i was three, i fell out of a shopping cart and landed on my head. i was actually dead for 5 min or something like that. i still have the lump to this day and when i grow my hair out i have a white patch too.

and now my youngest just hit his head. we seem to do that a lot around here.

~Jittery Joe~

1:52 PM, August 10, 2007  

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