My normal Monday is going to be a bit different today … first thing is a trip to the doctor with my oldest son, and then potentially a trip to get x-rays. Not much to be happy about there except that today I have the luxury of … TIME.
We had a potential broken wrist on Saturday about 3 o’clock, up the mountain after a fantastic couple of days skiing. The thing is, both the medical team and I had a feeling that it could be just a bad sprain, and so we have left it for a couple of days. Actually, I’ve been just patiently waiting for Monday, because I didn’t have the time, or energy to need to know if it was broken over the weekend.
Four children at the medical centre waiting for a couple of hours on a Saturday evening, after skiing, didn’t appeal. Taking four kids with me on Sunday, while their father organised, and then ran, his mountain biking event, didn’t appeal. Monday – when the other kids are at school …? That suits much better.
I did have a twinge of guilt about it off and on over the weekend though. Potentially, my son has broken his wrist, and not getting it checked straight away could potentially be a bad kind of mother moment.
This is where being a parent trumps all though – we know our children.
My son is the one who usually screams at a grass prickle needing removed. He still had colour in his cheeks and was able to grin and enjoy the skidoo ride off the mountain. He was happy running around (and even won his age group adventure run) yesterday, often forgetting that he had a sore wrist. And never asked for pain relief …
So, why am I taking him to the doctor this morning?
He has been wearing his skateboarding wrist brace over the last couple of days and when I remove it, he is still in some pain. As long as it is supported it is all good, loose and able to catch hold of things and move … painful. So, he could still have a hairline fracture, or it is a really bad sprain, and I just need to tick all the possibilities off the list.
And today I have the TIME and OPPORTUNITY to do all that needs to be done.
As a parent we need to trust our instincts with our children … and then just make sure! But guilt doesn’t have a place in parenting … we are all doing the best that we can, with the knowledge that we have at the time.
Have a good week!