I haven’t quite gotten past using words from when the kids were little. Ouchy just has a certain quality to it that abrasion seems to be lacking. It’s as if an ouchy will heal faster and just saying the word will decrease the pain. The Boy got series of ouchies this week. The first was an infection on his pinky finger which he can barely feel because of his brachial plexus birth injury affecting his entire right arm and hand. Infections in his hand are not infrequent unfortunately. Here is a pic.
Then he got a second ouchy that tore the skin off his finger, aggravating the infection and gave him a smart abrasion on his face. He’s been explaining to everyone at school what has happened to him. I wasn’t actually there at the time of the incident but Dearest Husband saw it go down and said he was afraid for a minute The Boy was concussed or worst. In The Boy’s words here is what happened: “At the top of the stairs outside I was going down the metal railing and at the end I couldn’t touch my feet to the stairs anymore and there was a railing that I couldn’t get over so I flipped over facedown onto the ground.” Yea. Ouch. Here is a pic.
I’m actually surprised it wasn’t more serious. If sliding down railings of an outside staircase sound good to you–think again. But seriously the question has to be asked: How much should we encourage our kids to take risks? One of The Boy’s first Occupational Therapists said when he was just learning how to scoot (crawling requires the use of both arms), “Let him fall and figure out how to do things himself.” Letting The Boy fall was hard–the monkey bars where especially hard. But The Boy figured out his own way of doing things. He’s older now and still trying to live in a two handed world with one working hand. Sliding down a railing isn’t the best idea granted, but we let him experiment and this was certainly an epic fail. But I think if we were the kinds of parents that talked about how dangerous everything is and didn’t expect him to push his limits he wouldn’t have figured out half of his accommodations. I hope next time he tries sliding down the railing he learns to slow down before he gets to the end.