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Fairly Odd Mother

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Monday, April 05, 2010

The scream

Our perfect summery carefree Easter ended with a bloodcurdling, gray-my-hair scream at the bottom of our basement stairs.

Jilly has always been a screamer. A great screamer. When she is angry, she will scream knowing that it is as painful as a slap. When she falls and scrapes her knee, her hands, her elbow, I'll hear her scream and rush to her side. A band-aid fixes all.

But, this scream couldn't be stopped with a band-aid. Missing the first stair in our cold concrete basement, she fell sideways and slammed her tailbone into the corner of the stair. A red welt rose up where she hit.

We carried her to the couch, covered her bottom with ice and fed her candy which helped. But an hour later, she needed help to get dressed and brush her teeth. She cried out in bed, but more ice and pain reliever tablets helped her relax enough to sleep.

And, now I wait at my kitchen table to see what today will bring. Will there be more ice and pain-relief tablets, or a hospital visit for x-rays?

In the early morning light, I wait for her call, although I naively hope that she'll bound down the stairs instead and ask for candy.

This morning? She can have it.


My little girl is standing on her own now. She can walk v-e-r-y slowly and is sitting up on a pillow. I think it's just a bad bruise, so we'll just take it easy for a few days.

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Anonymous Obi-Mom Kenobi said...

Ouch! Oh, Jilly! I hope you're feeling better this morning.

8:01 AM  
Blogger Magpie said...

Ouch. I smashed my tailbone right before New Year's - it took a couple of weeks before it felt better.

11:14 AM  
Blogger Issa said...

Oh I know that pain. Poor baby girl. Hope she's doing better today.

11:46 AM  
Blogger Kez said...

Ouch! Hope its no more serious than a bruise.

5:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would take her to the dr. a fractured tail bone usually makes it hard to sit on the toilet, not hard to walk. Why take the risk?

9:10 PM  
Blogger Fairly Odd Mother said...

Thanks Anonymous, I thought about it, and even had planned my morning to include x-rays. But as soon as she woke up this morning, she started to improve drastically. By this afternoon, she was riding her bike (which I ordered her off of right-this-minute-because-if-you-fall-you'll-hurt-yourself-again). She's been sitting on a wood chair, the floor, the toilet, the booster seat in the car, all without trouble. She's sore, definitely, but from what I read, there's not much they can do even if she DID fracture something. As long as she isn't feeling any numbness, pins and needles, or any real pain, I think she's just going to have a nasty bruise.

It was definitely scary. But, I often err on the side of caution, so believe me when I say that if I had ANY doubts, she would've been at the doctor's first thing this morning. I don't have any qualms about getting them checked out when something is bothering them.

And, Magpie, yeah, I killed my tailbone trying to learn to snowboard and hurt for weeks. She, being a kid, will probably be fine by tomorrow.

9:18 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Oh no! I bet you were terrified! Poor Jilly. I'm hoping she feels better by now--I'll keep her in my thoughts. Poor thing! :(

10:12 PM  
Blogger said...

Ouch!!! Hope she's ok!

7:11 AM  
Anonymous Julie said...

Ohhh, so glad she is recovering. Kids are sooooooo much more resiliant than adults!

1:17 PM  
Blogger Patois42 said...

So no one is going to be able to say she has too much padding, right? She will henceforth be known as Bony Butt. (At least in my head.)

3:06 PM  
Blogger Melani said...

Glad to hear she is doing better! :)

3:19 PM  

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