Tuesday, 16 August 2016


Last Friday Little O took a tumble off the bed (whilst jumping on it, after being told no a 100 times!) and managed to brake his collar bone.  To say that the mum guilt is pretty high on the scale would be an understatement, however to make matters worse I didn't take him to A&E until the Saturday evening *pitch forks at the ready*.  I am such a worrier when it comes to O, my husband is the sane one who keeps me on an even kiel, but sometimes I feel like my mummy instincts kick in and I know for sure that something isn't right! 

Immediately after he fell I swooped him up and gave him a mummy hug, kissed it all better and told him it would all be ok.  After twenty minutes of hysterically crying and continually holding his neck I began to panic, however he settled down, and as he was already tired he snuggled in and fell asleep.  I moved him to his bed and he slept for around 1.5 hours.  He awoke from his nap but began crying almost immediately.  I brought him through to our bedroom and lay him down, he didn't want me touching him.  At this point the doubt began to set in and I called my husband to say that a visit to A&E was on the cards.  When the hubby got home he came upstairs to assess the situation, he likely thought I was overreacting.  My husband tried the 'lets go get a biscuit' and 'lets play with the cars' trick but he still wasn't keen.  After a few minutes he calmed down and within 10 minutes of my husband being home he was off playing with his cars.  He was able to move his arms, pick things up and when we weren't touching him he was showing no signs of any discomfort.  We decided that it was unlikely that he'd broken anything and the he was probably just sore. The evening he went off to bed as normal and slept through with no problems.

Saturday rolled in and we all got up and headed out for breakfast.  We got to the car and as I picked him up to put him into his car seat he started screaming and was obviously hurting, I had picked him up from under his arm so I thought it was possibly his ribs.  A few minutes later he was back to his smiley self.  After breakfast we headed into the carnival arcade and we noticed that he was holding his arm in, but again he was showing no sign of discomfort and was happily putting pennies into the machines and running around. I mentioned to my hubby again that something must be sore, we both agreed but again just thought it was down to the fall and the fact that he had fallen onto some risen plugs.

Later that afternoon it was even more evident that he was holding his arm in, and he was using his left hand to do a lot of things he normally wouldn't.  My cousin arrived to drop off her daughter and we started talking about the incident, she went on to tell me about the time my niece broke her collar bone and the similarities in symptoms were uncanny.  Doubt immediately set back in and after she left I told the hubby that we were going to A&E.  It had been in the back of my mind since Friday, we should have just gone when I first thought about it, but I didn't want to be that overreactive parent.

We headed to A&E that evening and we were taken through to the assessment unit quite quickly but then the waiting game began, eventually he was seen by a doctor who decided he needed an x-ray.  Not long after that they came back and told us the dreaded news! 'Unfortunately he has a brake in the clavicle bone'. HOW GUILTY DO WE FEEL!

My poor boy!  I knew in my gut that something wasn't right, the impact of us lifting him up was placing pressure on the broken bone and no doubt sending a shooting pain through his body.  Despite his injury he has been nothing short of amazing!  The collar bone is not one that can be treated by a cast, so the only way to keep it supported is to wear a sling for two weeks.  Oscar has embraced his sling and hasn't once tried to take it off.  Such a wee trooper! 

The moral of the story is to always go with your gut and who cares if you're that overreactive mum!  I know the NHS is hard pushed but I don't use it often, so next time my mummy instinct kicks in I'll be headed straight there! 

Kirsty x


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