Sunday, November 27, 2011

More Injuries

You know when I said that S wasn't seriously hurt in the scary car accident?  Um, wrong.  When he was still in a lot of pain several days later, his doctor reconsidered the decision not to take an x-ray.  (Yep, major accident, and she didn't think that he needed an x-ray right away.  For this, and many other reasons, "find new doctor" is now on my to-do list.)  It turns out that he fractured a rib.  In addition to a ton of pain, he is also prohibited from lifting or carrying anything over 10 pounds or so, for the next two months.  Do you know who weighs more than 10 pounds and is often in need of lifting and carrying?

Each of our children.

So, S is now completely unable to help with, um, anything.  No night duty.  No lifting Kermit in and out of cribs.  No bedtime help.  No getting Kermit in and out of high chairs.  No getting children in and out of car seats.  No moving a child away from dangerous objects.  No getting children in and out of baths.  Totally negates his plan to do more childcare and all night duty for the next week so that I can catch up on sleep before I start my job next Monday.

Also, he wasn't able to carry any luggage over Thanksgiving, and thanks to the drowsiness brought on by the pain killers, he couldn't drive for any of the ten hours that it took us to get to S's aunt's house.  (Also, his injuries made sitting in a car for ten hours a ton of fun for him.) The drive back only took six hours.  The difference?  The drive there was during the day, when traffic sucked.  For the drive back, we opted to avoid traffic and drove from 8:30pm until 2:30am.  Hardly ideal, but shaving off four hours is ridiculous, and the traffic would have been even worse on the way home.  Though I think that driving through a mountain pass at night brought on a bit of post-traumatic stress for S, especially when a bunch of fog rolled in, such that I couldn't see anything just four car lengths in front of us.  Creepy.

So, now we're home, and happy to have survived the trip.  Things can only get better from here, right?

1 comment:

  1. Yes, Matt has that same ten pound weight limit and Elizabeth is 34 and a half. It's difficult. I bet S is hurting a lot too, which is awful. But you are right, things are bound to get better soon!

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