Thursday, February 22, 2007

Bonk

The Bee fell off the bed on Tuesday night. Or to be more precise, he was standing up, holding onto the metal footboard, leaned over, flipped and did a nose dive onto the floor. While I was watching him. Panic, panic panic. I was terrified, thinking of head injuries, spinal cord injuries, etc. When I picked him up he arched his back , holding his breath, cried and then passed out. Then I really started wigging. He was still breathing, and came to pretty quickly. Mr. R ran upstairs, as he could hear the fall from the office. I felt like the worst mother ever under his gaze. I called the Bee's pedi, who said he's probably fine and to bring him to the ER just to be on the safe side. We did, Bee was examined and had a head CT, which was normal. His behavior was fine and he didn't even have a bump. Not sure how that was possible. I had to wake him up at 2:30 am just to make sure he was alert and orientated, and he was. All day yesterday he's back to his usual self, and only a little redness on his forehead. Not even a bump! Little muffin, I felt so awful, but I'm just grateful he's okay. That was enough excitement for a week. Or a month.

I know Kath and Thalya are nearly neck and neck with their pregnancies, just past the middle of the first trimester when everything seems so touch and go, and the DBTs are ever present. I just wanted to say that the DBTs don't go away once they're out and home from the hospital. I'm sure every parent alive has gone in to check on their sleeping baby, just to make sure they're still breathing. I think I'd be in a shear panic if I went in and my son wasn't breathing. Because then you wonder, well, how long has he not been breathing?! It's scary business, being a parent, and I suppose anyone who has gone through ART has kinda been through a crash course of crappy scenerios (cancelled cycles, low fertilization results, early losses) to be able to deal with these kind of things. As a good friend of mine said, "That's life. Kids are going to get hurt, whether you're with them or not. " We just need to try in minimze the damage; falling off a bed is one thing. Falling down a flight of stairs is something else.

On a lighter note, any time Bee gets close to the edge of the bed or the couch, we warn him not to get too close. "You don't want to fall off and bonk your head." He sits up, grinning, and slaps the side of his head with his hand, simulating bonking, it would appear. Bonk indeed.

8 Comments:

At 2/22/2007 2:53 PM, Anonymous Jen said...

Oh, how scary! So glad that he's okay and that you all survived this awful rite of passage. Sounds like he's getting cuter each day, too!

 
At 2/22/2007 3:55 PM, Anonymous mm said...

My Lord that must have been terrifying for everyone. So glad he's fine.... phew!!!

 
At 2/23/2007 10:32 AM, Anonymous Tessy said...

The passing out may have been from the crying. My daughter has done this twice when crying really really hard. They don't breath and passing out makes them breath automatically. It's scary, but not dangerous at all.

Glad he's okay!

 
At 2/23/2007 2:19 PM, Blogger Anna said...

Thanks, Tessy. We relize now in retrospect that's what it was. At the time we weren't sure if it was from the fall or the crying, but as he was fine, we figured it was from the whole holding-your-breath-while-crying thing. What's interesting is that my aunt and cousin J did this too.

Thank you Jen & mm for your comments also! : )

 
At 2/24/2007 7:05 PM, Blogger Suz said...

I'm not quite sure whether this will be reassuring, but I found it so. My sister, who's a ped and has done a lot of ER work, said that injuries when falling off a bed are so rare that if they occur, the doctors suspect that something's wrong. Both twins have gotten bonks from falling off the bed and, although they scared everyone to death, both were fine.

 
At 2/26/2007 4:17 PM, Blogger NME said...

That must have been scary. It's so common for babies to have a fall that it would be more wierd if it didn't happen. Hope you are all doing well.

 
At 3/02/2007 10:17 PM, Blogger Demeter said...

Very scary! But these kids are so resilient! There is only so much you can do while there, but it feels terrible to not be able to help them, or avoid the pain. Fortunately the Bee is fine!

 
At 3/26/2007 12:31 AM, Blogger LBSteffen said...

I have never been on here before and just stumbled on to your blog and read your entire story. beggining to end. I cried, I laughed, I got held by my husband. Funny how that goes. I just wanted to tell you that you are so brave for your entire trek through being a mother. I dont think I could have done what you have done. I wanted to just e mail you, but I couldnt figure out how to do that on here. But, again, congrats on Bee, and he is so cute. I hope more are in your future.

 

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