Sunday, December 02, 2007

Poor BubTar

Yesterday, I spent the day shopping for/attending my sister's lingerie shower. While I was gone, BubTar was spending the day with his cousins at my parent's house. The kids were playing in the backyard with my dad, laughing, swinging, running like children do while he watched and tooled around the yard. BubTar was in the swing and his cousin E was twisting him around and around, so when released he would spin like mad. She let go and everything went wrong. We aren't exactly sure what happened, but somehow BubTar's arm and hand were completely twisted up into the rope, over his head, and in reverse position. The only thing I can think is that he reached up to stop the rope from unwinding quickly and was instantly caught by the rapidly winding rope. He claims his hand went up "all by itself" and then he doesn't know what happened. My parents were wholly terrified as they attempted to disentangle him. It took both of him and evidently the way he was hanging was quiet disturbing. There was a plethora of screaming. My mother has unnecessarily apologized 5,241 times since yesterday. My father keeps trying to describe exactly how he was strung up. They are getting rid of the swing. They are both suffering a bit of PTSD.

Regardless of exactly how it happened, the result is, I have a boy with a still swollen hand more than 24 hours post-injury and an even more swollen thumb with limited range of motion. It doesn't hurt unless it is moved or touched, and he does have functionality of most of his hand and even the first joint in his thumb. But the swelling persists and the tenderness persists and the inability to make a fist persists, so we are headed to the pediatrician tomorrow to determine if any sort of damage was sustained. I think he got very lucky, because the way my dad describes it, it sounds like there was an excellent chance of a dislocated shoulder or cracked wrist, so a swollen hand seems to be a fair price, really. But we will see what the doctor has to say and find out if we need to do anything further for the munchkin and his slightly gimpy hand. Now would be a lovely time to have insurance, wouldn't it?

Not the best photo, but you can see that his five year old thumb is the same size as my adult thumb. I'd need a side by side of his hands to show the rest of the swelling, though.


But he still feels good enough to make crazy eyes at the camera, which is a very good sign.


PS: Sunday Song post below, if you're interested. :)

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ETA: We saw the pediatrician. Although it is still tender and swollen, she doesn't think anything is broken, but she gave us a script for x-rays in case the swelling isn't gone in a couple days.

23 comments:

flutter said...

Aw, kid.

Christine said...

THAT POOR LITTLE MAN!

slouching mom said...

Oh, that sounds awful. Tell him we're thinking about him, all of us out here in cyberspace.

(Oh, and that tree in your banner! So gorgeous!)

Junie's Blog said...

aw man! That sucks! Poor Bubtar! Stuff like that happens so quick before you can even see it coming!

dawn224 said...

oh.... I just cringed the whole way through that - and the photo isn't pulling up quickly and I'm going to take that as a sign that maybe I just don't need to look (how many times do you think Alex is going to make me queasy?)

Hetha said...

What a brave Bubtar! I hope you get a good report at the doc. (LOVE the banner!)

Aliki2006 said...

Poor guy! It does sound like things could have been so much worse, so I hope his hand is on the mend soon.

PJ said...

Oh no! Poor little BubTar ... and grandma and grandpa sound tramatized too! (I would be) How utterly awful. But...thank God it is not a dislocated shoulder or broken wrist.

Prayers! (And prayers for your insurance situation too!! That just stinks)

Kristin said...

Oh poor, poor Bub!

painted maypole said...

love your new header (I haven't been by in a few days, so maybe it's not so new? anyway... love it)

ouch. hope all is well - or as well as can be.

cinnamon gurl said...

Oh, that sounds awful!! I hope his hand is ok.

Julie Pippert said...

Oh BubTar!!! I hope he's okay! Let us know.

And the new banner is lovely. :)

Julie
Using My Words

Lisa b said...

poor guy. The description of the accident does make it seem like it could be so much worse. Still very frightening though, I hope he is ok.

Family Adventure said...

Ouch, Kyla. I hope nothing's broken in there...I'm glad you are getting it checked out. Just in case!

Love the grin.

Heidi

Family Adventure said...

...and I LOVE your new banner. Beautiful!

Heidi

Emily said...

Off topic, but I saw this story online from TIME magazine and thought you might be interested.

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1689216,00.html?cnn=yes

Beck said...

Ack! Poor little man!

NotSoSage said...

I totally thought you were going to say that he dislocated his shoulder. He's so brave, though. I hope things are better soon.

And I like the shirt! ;)

Mama Drama Jenny said...

Poor bub! I can so feel his pain and not just because my arm is all swollen and numb too.

By the way, the doctor said the swelling causes numbness so that might just go away with a little time.

Crap on a crap cracker. We need drinks. Soon.

winslow1204 said...

I hope the swelling goes down soon.. What a cute smile he has!

Amy said...

Poor little man :(

I am glad though nothing is broken. Lets just hope the swelling goes down.

~aj~ said...

So glad that nothing appears to be broken. How can he still be so cute and seemingly happy when in pain?

Oh, and your parents sound adorable. I hope they are recovering from the trauma. :)

Mimi said...

Phew. I'm glad he's okay. But, like Sage, I gotta notice the shirt. I used to live in E-Town, you know ...