A couple of weeks back I told you I was changing the name of Monster Mommy Moments to Mommy Moments at the Monster. I decided to change the name after people kept asking if they had to write about a horrible parenting moment…and that is not the point of MMM at all! All stories can be shared…monster moments, happy moments, funny moments, and on and on.
Let’s welcome Liz from a belle, a bean, and a chicago dog! Liz is one of my oldest blogging buds; we started blogging around the same time, immediately found each other and have pretty much been connected ever since. Liz is super helpful, knows a TON about blogging and social media (so much in fact that she c0-founded Eli Rose Social Media), and like me loves to, cook, garden and is a Twitterholic.
So once again welcome Liz! If you’re not sure what a Mommy Moment at the Monster is, head over and read all about how Mommy Moments at the Monster came to be.
Go grab a cup of coffee and a donut, ahem, I mean a low-fat muffin, or depending on the time of the day maybe some wine and chocolate, and sit back and enjoy the story!
We, as parents, are charged with raising tiny humans to be compassionate, responsible and independent adults. Our jobs are to feed and clothe, guide and correct, and kiss boo boos and wipe boogers.
But what if we miss an owie and our kids remain in pain?
Like, 24 hours worth of pain because mom thought they just pulled a muscle when in actuality, they dislocated their elbow?
Happened to me.
And what the doctor had to say about it made me feel *that* much worse.
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Kate was 2.5, Maddie was a newborn and we had just moved from NH to TN. Kate was dancing around near the sofa when she fell and landed on her butt. She started crying, saying that her arm hurt, and told me that her arm had gotten “stuck” on the sofa when she was dancing and slipped.
Basically, she went down to the floor but her arm had not.
I incorrectly assumed that she had pulled her shoulder muscle in the fall. I know that I’ve over-extended my shoulder muscle by doing things like reaching around to backseat of the car while I’m driving. It really hurts if you stretch too far, and given the circumstances of her fall, that’s what I thought had happened.
I gave her some Motrin and she survived the day. She wouldn’t move her left arm, but just kept up with her normal activity, performing all her tasks with only her right arm.
Day turned to night, and the next morning Kate awoke still in pain. Craig said he could take her to the ped that day, and made the appointment.
When Kate and Craig got home was when I learned what actually had happened. Kate was diagnosed with Nursemaid’s elbow, a common condition to occur in toddlers. Luckily, our doc was able to move her elbow back into proper position, and as soon as she did, Kate was pain free.
I had to see our ped shortly after Kate’s elbow appointment for some well-baby visit of Maddie’s. During Maddie’s visit, our doc said, “That was the first nursemaid’s elbow I’ve fixed in a long time!”
When I asked her why that was, she said, “Well, most parents rush their kids to the emergency room as soon as they see their kid can’t move an arm.”
How’s that for a #MomFail?
Ugh! Sounds like something that would happen to me, which is exactly why we share these Mommy Moments! Liz, thank you for sharing your Mommy Moment with us…and for reminding us that we all make mistakes. There’s no manual out there for what we do, so sharing stories like this helps us all learn from each other.
Now head over to Liz’s place a belle, a bean, and a chicago dog and if you are new there, make sure to tell her that I sent you!