A Scratch & A Limp
We picked up Little MPB from daycare last night and noticed he had a scratch on his eye lid and some very slight swelling. No big deal. Kids get scratched, especially our kid.
On the way home, we stopped at a local playground (because nice weather means almost daily playground visits). As soon as he got out of the car and started walking towards the park we noticed a very distinct limp. So, like to crazy parents we stopped him, took off his shoes and started inspecting his legs and feet right there in the middle of the park. (Ya, we are those parents).
He looks completely fine. Not a single mark on his legs. My completely irrational and paranoid brain went straight to maybe it’s not an innocent limp, but the sign of a stroke. Before I could even verbalize that thought, my more rational brain kicked in and we started asking questions:
Adult MPBs: What did you do at school today?
Little MPB: Play.
Adult MPBs: What did you play?
Little MPB: I play Emily (his friend’s name). I play gymnastics!!
Adult MPBs: Gymnastics is on Saturdays, so I don’t think you went to Gymnastics today. Did you jump at school today?
Little MPB: No. (as he proceeded to jump, as if to show us he can jump)
Adult MPBs: Did you fall?
Little MPB: No.
Adult MPBs: Does your leg hurt?
Little MPB: Hurt here (while pointing to his elbow). KISS!!
Adult MPBs: Laughing (while giving kisses to the imaginary elbow injury)
Given the details we were able to ascertain from Little MPB, I called daycare to find out what happened. As it was near the end of the day, they actually called his teachers who had already gone home to find out and followed up with me in the evening after speaking to all the teachers after hours. In regards to the scratch, they didn’t write a incident report for the scratch because they didn’t see it happen and he didn’t cry. As for the leg, same thing except they hadn’t even noticed it. He never cried at all during the day, so they didn’t know when it happened or what happened. We all acknowledge and agree that he is active and loves to jump, so it could have just been that he jumped and landed a bit oddly. But really, we have no idea. They promised to keep an extra eye on him today and to call us if he seemed to be in pain or bothered by his leg.
This is really just another day of parenting an unbelievably active toddler who has no fear and loves to jump and climb.
The only difference this time is that we are not rushing to emergency or even to our family doctor for a limp that is clearly not causing him any pain. At least not yet…
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