Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Stupid door

There's always some point in our lives as parents when we do things to our children that hurt them and we beat ourselves up for it. Some let their infants roll off the bed, some look away for a second and that toddler puts his little hand on the hot oven door, maybe we even watch in slow motion as they fall down bust their lip open on a toy you should have picked up an hour ago. When Helen was a baby I looked away for a second and she rolled off the couch, and I felt HORRBILE about that, but I found away to get over it.

Today, however, I did another Mommy Booboo and closed Helen's fingers in the door. I didn't realize she was holding onto the threshold near the henge and the door shut all the way before she let out a scream. Bless her heart. She cried....but you knew that. I cried...you probably knew that too. She told me in her pitiful little sobbing cry, "I hold MOMMY! Mommy my fingers! Kiss it mommy! I want my bandaid! I want my Lambie! Mommy, fingers in the door it hurts!"

My heart ached. I did my initial exam and put a bandaid and ointment on the fingernail of her right ring finger. I squished it pretty good....

Knowing Helen and how she normally reacts to pain, she seemed to be in more pain than just a squished finger. I didn't think it could be broken, but it did seem like something else was wrong.

I took her to her doctor and our sweet Dr. Huff said she needed to do Xrays because if the growth plates were damaged, we needed to get her seen by a specialist. The first Xray went GREAT because they didn't have to manipulate the fingers at all. Just put them flat on the film. The second however took me and another nurse to hold her down to get a good shot. They had to see the side angle of the finger.

We waited as they developed and sure enough....the tip of her finger was broken. Thank the Lord God in Heaven that I didn't damage the growth plates. Dr. Huff said she'd be fine in a few weeks, but until then we had to keep them taped up and a bandaid over the finger nail until it heals.

I told Helen as she screamed during the second Xray that if she would hold still, I would buy her some ice cream. So I lived up to my end of the deal and took her to Sonic and bought her a strawberry smoothie. When we went to the drug store to get some tape I got her a new cup too! She had to put her smoothie in it too!

All in all, here's our little patient with her sticker from the doctor, her new cup, and her war wounds.


10 comments:

Kelly said...
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Kelly said...

I did the finger in the door w/Jenna for the first time a few weeks ago. It is so sad.

The first time they really get hurt is rough. I felt like such a bad mommy the first time Jenna got hurt. :o(

She'll be fine and she won't remember. :o)

Jenny said...

Poor baby. Poor Mommy. Don't beat yourself up too bad. I'm learning that things happen. And like Kelly said, she won't remember it :)

Leslie said...

Bless her little heart! I know you felt terrible but she'll soon forget it and it'll be a memory to add to her book. Don't beat yourself up for it too much, she'll get you back when she puts you in a nursing home :) LOL!

Kim said...

Poor Baby & Poor Mommy! I know all about the boo boos. In fact, every time I look at Hailey's little knees I think of your old house and the incident with the drive way. Sometimes you just can't help it and things happen. I am glad you took her to get seen about and everything will be o.k.

Trudy Ingram said...

You know you that you are a wonderful mama and Helen knows you would never let her get really hurt. My mom LOCKED my fingers in the car door when I was little (back before keyless entry was invented) and I still love her. haha. I love you!

Lori Beth said...

Bless her little heart! I hate that so bad. Hope she gets to feeling better very soon. Love yall and miss you much

Kristen said...

I don't look forward to the mommy booboos with Benjamin... but I am certain they will happen soon enough.

Nancy said...

I had to laugh when I read Leslie's comment!! but as they have already told you, she'll never remember. Oh wait!! Jenny still remembers me popping her face lightly {she will tell you I slapped her} when she got hysterical once while we were swimming. Well, I had to! in order to get her attention. The child was beyond reason. BUT, these times sure make is feel sooo guilty, don't they?

Trudy Ingram said...

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Just wanted to let you know why there's a new Trudy blog and why the other one has nothing on it.