2008年 02月 11日 ( 1 )

我が家の怪我歴(その2) History of Injuries (Part 2)

3歳にして2回も骨折を経験したドラ息子。それからはわりと落ち着いていましたが、何もなかったわけではありません。東京でもやらかしました。プリスクールの向かい側の空き地で鉄パイプとともに倒れて、気がついたらパイプが首に乗ってるではありませんか!鼻血も出てる!慌てて近くの病院に駆けつけました。脳のCTまで撮ったけど、幸い首も頭も何事もありませんでした。確か5歳の時でした。

カリフォルニアに戻ってきてからもすぐにやりました。2005年10月、6歳の時です。学校で遊んでいる時、高いところから飛び降りて足首を痛めたと学校から連絡が。迎えに行ったら足首が腫れてます。「折れた!」以前の記憶が蘇り、そう確信して4年ぶりに例の整形外科に駆けつけました。幸いにもレントゲンで見えるほどの損傷ではなく、ロボット靴を履いただけで1週間くらいで治りました。一番痛かったのは、その靴代を保険が全くカバーしてくれなかったことでしょうか。

怪我をするのはドラ息子だけではありません。ケーシーにも順番が回ってきました。2006年1月、公園でスケボーを楽しんでいた時のこと。嵐の後だったので小枝や石ころがそこらじゅうに散らばっていて、その一つにスケボーがひっかかって急に止まり、倒れて右肘骨折です。結局いつもの救急病院からいつもの整形外科へのパターンです。ギブスをつけるほどの重傷ではなかったのは幸いですが、やはり若いドラ息子に比べ、40うん歳のケーシーは治りが遅く、いつまでも痛みが続きました。ちなみにその公園はドラ息子がうんていから落ちたのと同じ公園、以来そこを私たちは「骨折り公園」と呼んでいます(^_^;)。

もう一人忘れてはいけないのが舞姫。姫とはいえ怪我とは無縁ではありません。2006年9月、公園で突然泣き出したと思ったら、みるみるうちに下唇が腫れてくるではありませんか。蜂に刺されたか!3cmくらい腫れ上がってなんとも哀れな状況。またしても救急病院へ。でも待っている間に腫れもおさまってきて、一応診察してもらったけど心配ないとのこと。

しかし事故というのは立て続けに起きるものです。2ヶ月後、舞姫とドラ息子と3人で図書館に行った時のこと。舞姫を乗せた車椅子をドラ息子が押してくれたのはいいのですが、ものすごい勢いで走り出したと思ったら、曲がりきれずに車椅子が横倒しに。舞姫、顔を思いっきり地面に打ちつけました。周りの人に助けられ、泣き叫ぶ舞姫をなんとか車に乗せて帰宅。口の中をちょっと切ったのと、右目のまぶたがピンクに腫れ上がっただけで、大事には至りませんでした。私としては、数々の事故の中できっとこれが一番動揺した事故だったように思えます。(続く)

写真:(左)骨折直前、スケボーで遊ぶ二人。(右)その日の夜の情けない姿。ちなみにドラ息子は、自分が以前使ったつり包帯をつけてダディにつき合ってます。(2006年1月)

After the two incidents of a broken bone at the age of three, things had been relatively quiet with my dragon boy. But this does not mean there was no accident at all. It happened when we were in Tokyo. In an empty lot across from the preschool, dragon fell down with a steel pipe which ended up on his neck! Horrified to see his bleeding nose, I took him to the nearby hospital right away. We even had his brain checked on a CT scan. Fortunately, his neck and head were fine. I remember he was five years old then.

Soon after coming back to California, it happened again. It was October 2005 and he was six years old. While playing at school, he jumped from a high play structure and hurt his ankle. As soon as I received the phone call from school, I ran there and saw his right ankle swollen. With the memories of the past incidents coming back, I was sure it was broken. For the first time in four yeas we were back at the familiar orthopedics. Fortunately again, it was not a serious damage enough to show in the X-ray. He only wore a robot-like boot for about a week and was completely all right afterward. But what really hurt us was the cost for the boot which our insurance didn’t cover at all.

Dragon is not the only one who gets injured. It was Casey’s turn now. In January 2006, we were enjoying a skateboard ride in a park. Right after a storm, twigs and pebbles were scattered all over. The skateboard stopped abruptly hitting one of the pebbles and he fell down and broke his right elbow. Following dragon’s suit, he ended up going to the same ER and later to the same orthopedics.

Fortunately, it wasn’t so serious and there was no need for a cast. But to prove what is usually said, it took Casey, 40 some years old, longer to heal than young dragon. Pain persisted for quite a while. The park was the same park where dragon broke his at the monkey bars. Since then we have been calling the park “Bone Breaking Park.” (^_^;)

We should not forget about my dancing princess. Being princess doesn’t allow her to be free from injuries. It was September 2006 when she suddenly started crying in a park. Then her lower lip started swelling in no time. “A bee sting!” we thought. She looked so miserable when the lip had swollen about an inch. To the ER again. While waiting, however, the swelling went down and the doctor said there was nothing to worry about.

I don’t know why but accidents happen one after another. It was two months later when three of us went to a library. It was nice of dragon to push princess in the wheelchair but he pushed too hard. He ran so fast that he lost control and couldn’t turn, knocking down the wheelchair to the side. Princess’s face got smashed on the ground very hard. Helped by a few people who happened to be there, we put princess who was crying very hard back in the van and headed home. She had a small cut in her mouth and her right eyelid was swollen red. But fortunately that was all. Among all the accidents we had had, I think this one was the most shocking to me. (to be continued)

Photos: Casey and dragon playing skateboard right before the accident (left), What Casey ended up with that day (right). Dragon put on the sling he had used for his injury before to match Daddy. (January 2006)
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by danceofdragon | 2008-02-11 14:23