Tuesday, January 17, 2006

The Fall

My little macho hero fell down the stairs at my in-laws on Jan 10 - on the morning of Eid-ul-Adha, when everyone else has gone for Eid prayers and I was busy attending to his sister in the bathroom. This accident-prone 18-months-old has again succeeded to totally freak me out with The Contender-like streaks of deep red blood that trickled along his left cheek, behind his left ear, along his neck, and onto his jammies. OHMYGOD, Aidiiiiiiiiiiinn!!!

The above picture was taken in front of the clinic (about 4 hours after the actual accident) before we brought him in to see a GP to check on the cut (which was about 0.5" long, slightly deep) and have it cleaned properly (my amateur use-cotton-with-Savlon method was probably not sufficient). The bleeding stopped (Alhamdulillah!) after the minyak gamat (sea-cucumber ointment?) was applied. Memang magic-lah minyak gamat ni. Anyways, the doctor took a look at the cut, cleaned it (with violent objections from Aidiin of course) and decided that it was better not to have it stitched because the procedure will be difficult to perform on a struggling baby and the end result could turn out ugly. But we must bring him daily to have the wound cleaned and gauze replaced etc. OK, fine with me. I am terrified of needles anyways. So Aidiin ended up with a wrap-around bandage, which only lasted a couple hours before he decided to rip it off his head and we had to periodically check to ensure the internal adhesive band-aid remained intact.

It's been a week now but the wound has not fully healed. Now, the previously non-visible bruises have emerged on his cheek, forehead, left eyelid, left corner of his nose and left eyebrow; a combo of purplish-yellow-brownish shade from the original blue-blackish color. And this week, I get to perform the (daily) dressing procedure at home by myself. Lucky me, I get to play the ER doctor. Sofea can be my assistant nurse. Good thing my parents are staying over at my place this week to accompany us while famyBoy is away.

I've learned a lot from my son these 18 months or so since he was born, than I've learned throughout my life. I thought I could fully understand from books or stories shared by others, but nothing can beat the real thing, i.e. when I experience it myself. Some of the things I fear most and hope never to happen to my kids have happened to my son, like the pneumonia episode, that accident with the iron, and now this fall. Please Aidiin, no more surprises, okay? Next time Ibu's poor heart may not be able to handle the shock.

Aidiin fell down the stairs while playing with his toy car. No, not them miniature ones, this is the type where you can sit on and pretend that you're the driver. I do not know how he fell or why he fell, because he was already lying on his back beside the car at the bottom-most step when he was discovered, crying uncontrollably. Blood was already flowing, there were even drops on the floor. To tell you the truth, I do not even want to imagine an alternative ending to this incident. I don't deny that accidents happen, but I'd like to think that on that day, Allah sent angels down to protect Aidiin during the fall (thanks Sayang for this assurance...). At this moment, I am thankful that my baby is still alive.


ninuk said...

sabo je le ... you with 1 boy ... me is 4X fenin

lion3ss said...

The tests of being a mother! Wonder how I'll fare later..Alhamdulillah dia ok.

LazyDaisy said...

poor aidin and his mummy mesti risau giler. i am having a tough time too at the mo juggling with danial and my crazy pregnancy emotionally thingy. it is not easy and so far mmg gagal le i.

Allah selamatkan aidin. i hope things would be easier for u in the future.

famygirl said...

ninuk: ya ninuk... i keep asking myself that question... "isy, ni baru sorang hero. macam mana agaknya rasa mak yang jaga RAMAI hero?"
*does the i'm not worthy bow kat ninuk*

lion3ss: you'll do fine dear... you have us (the hot gucci mamas) to learn from ;)

lazyD: kesian you... masa i pregnant my 2nd child dulu, i already sofea (yang kira manageable lah). if it were the other way round, sure fenin (bak kata ninuk).

bertique said...

aiyo yo, budak ni lasak betul la .. reminded me abt myself :P. at the age of 10, dah ada lebih kurang 32 jahitan kat bibir la, dagu la (2x) ..

tok leh kasi dia main sensorang nih sih .. kena ngk sket.

regards to all ya ..

famygirl said...

bertique: aidiin ni nak jadi stuntman bila besar kot.

oh you pun lasak ya? my husband pun masa kecik-kecik accident yang berjahit-jahit. maybe it's boy thing... nanti nak kena tanya bear lak.


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