Savannah: “I bumped the coffee table.”
Me: “How did you bump the coffee table?!”
Savannah: “Well, I was jumping on my Sesame Street couch, and slipped and bumped the coffee table.”
Me: “You were jumping on your Sesame Street couch – wait, it’s not ‘springy’, so why were you doing that? Oh, wait a minute…did you happen to have it on the couch when you were jumping on it?”
Savannah: “If I tell you, you’re going to be mad at me.”
Me: “No, I won’t be mad, Sweetie, but I do need to know if you had it on the couch when you were jumping.”
Savannah (with a big sigh): “Yes, I had it on the couch and it slipped off, so I bumped the coffee table.”
Me: “Oh, you poor thing! Does it hurt?”
Savannah: “Only when I close my eye really tight, like this…”
Savannah: “Well, I said I was OK, and I am OK, Mama!”
Savannah: “No, no, no – I don’t want to go to the doctor!”
Me: “I know, but you might need to have that looked at, it’s better to be safe than sorry. I’ll call him and see what he says – he might have us go to the Emergency Room to have you checked out instead, but we’ll see.”
That’s when she started to cry. Not because she was hurt, but because she did not, under any circumstances, want to have to go to any doctor or ER. She gets that aversion from her Dada. I called the Pediatrician’s answering service and left a message for her doctor to call me back so I could get his advice. He is a very nice doctor, he called back within about 15 minutes. He asked if her pupils were dilated…no…he asked if she had any blurry vision…no…he asked if she was eating OK…oh yes, no problem there…he asked to talk to her on the phone for a minute…sure!
Savannah (on the phone): “No, it doesn’t hurt, except when I close my eye really tight like this… Well, I was jumping on my Sesame Street couch and bumped the coffee table. Well, I had the Sesame Street couch on the regular couch so I could jump higher. No, I can see just fine, I’m watching Sprout right now. Oh, that would be too cold! No, I don’t like peas. Sure, I do like corn. No, I won’t be jumping on the Sesame Street couch again. OK, here’s Mama.”
The doctor was laughing when I got on the phone with him. Apparently, he suggested she put a an ice pack on her eye, but she said it would be too cold. Then he suggested a package of frozen peas, but she doesn’t like peas, so he suggested a package of frozen corn instead. Since her pupils weren’t dilated and she seemed to be perfectly ‘normal’, he suggested we put an ice pack to bring down the swelling. He said since her bump happened last night and she slept just fine and is eating just fine and acting like her usual self this morning, that we shouldn’t have anything to worry about. She’ll just sport a nice shiny black eye as the swelling comes down and the blood moves around, but she’ll be just fine. And he told me to tell her that it’s ‘doctor’s orders’ that she doesn’t put her Sesame Street couch on the couch and jump on it. Not to worry about that – that’s Mama and Dada’s ‘orders’, too…and the Sesame Street couch is now banned from the living room!
I took that picture about an hour after she started with the frozen corn – the swelling is getting better, and now the blood is doing what the doctor said it would – ‘moving around’ – as it’s now showing up on the outside corner of her eye. Poor thing! It’s certainly not slowing her down any, though, her hands got too cold holding onto the bag of corn, so she put her new gloves on for a while, and now the swelling is way down and she’s running around like crazy…just like normal. Whew! I guess the benefit of living in ‘Small Town America’ is having a wonderful Pediatrician that returns calls…I would not relish the idea of having to sit in the waiting room of an ER for hours because of her injury being so obviously non ‘life-threatening’. At least I am confident that my daughter learns from her mistakes – now she’ll understand why Dada and I are insistent that she not jump on the couch at all – especially piling something else on top to ‘jump higher’. Guess she thought ‘couch jumping’ was OK after Tom Cruise did it on Oprah…just kidding…I know, I’m bad! >;o)`