Running with a Thumbs Up

There are unique dangers in life – dangers we do not realize until after they have surmounted into injury. One of those dangers, unbeknownst to me until this past weekend, is running with a thumbs up.

My 10-year-old daughter was outside playing with friends, when, suddenly, she was screaming and crying. One minute, she was fine. The next, it was as if she was being skinned alive. I rushed to her and asked her what was wrong. There was a period of unintelligible sobs mixed with motioning toward her hand. I asked again what was wrong and told her to take a few deep breaths. She explained she was running with her friends and gave one of them a thumbs up. It was then that she tripped and fell, directly on her upward pointing thumb. Apparently, that hurts. A lot.

She begged and begged for me to take her to the emergency room. I examined her thumb, making sure it wasn’t swelling, turning odd colors, falling off, etc. I gently turned it this way and that. She didn’t like that part much. In the end, we determined it didn’t appear to be broken. Sprained, maybe. Ice and kisses, prescribed by Dr. Mom.

Describing this event – this injury – got me thinking about a few things. One – it’s a true testament to my daughter’s character that she is so joyous about life that she’d hurt herself by running with a thumbs up. Two – there are some truly weird ways our kids can hurt themselves. Three – we, as parents, are incapable of saving our kids from every hurt.

Tell me about the things your children have done – the bizarre injuries you never realized you’d need to prepare them for!


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carrie
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 14:23:11

    Not my kid, but a friend of mine – he was kicking bubbles as only kids do – and missed, instead kicking the fireplace and broke his toe. Best story ever!


  2. Taryn
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 23:33:19

    Charlotte snuck into the snack cupboard, and bonked herself on the forehead with the cupboard door- lesson learned!


  3. Stephanie
    Sep 21, 2012 @ 00:02:47

    Well this story is on myself, I was a jr in high school and was outside for PE that day and we were playing ultimate Frisbee. I caught the Frisbee like I always do and thought nothing of it at all besides that it stung a little and continued on with the rest of the school day. Later that night mom and I were at the store and I couldn’t push the cart at all cause it was hurting my right hand, the hand I caught the Frisbee with. I complain to mom and as we turn the corner there is the family doctor so mom asked her to look at my hand which is now double the size it should be. She tells mom to take me to the ER cause I could of broken something. So off we go to the ER I get an xray and it turns out I had jammed my thumb and was put in a brace for 6 weeks. No biggie except it was the end of the school year and I was starting finals. OH and I of course am right handed, The only final I was allowed to take the brace off for was math. My math teacher watched my hand swell up for 45 minutes as I took the final. Never mind the fact that I was embarrassed that I had to explain why one day I was fine and the next I have this brace that goes from my fingers to my elbow because I caught a frisbee.


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