I really don’t want to get annoyed but one of my boys needs another operation.  He slammed his finger in a door and waited over a week to tell me.  The finger is fractured, the ligament off and the bones have fused.  And blah blah blah.  So now they need to insert a pin.

In 2010 he tore the AC Ligament in his left knee during a warm-up race in the Cape Town Nationals (motocross) which required two operations and a full year of rehabilitation.  He was back on his bike only for the fourth time in February 2011 when that same ligament snapped in half.  Another long year of rehabilitation and he just got back on the bike when he breaks his finger!

In 2003 the kids were shooting with the pellet gun outside in the garden.  I was there to keep an eye but somehow, this child stepped in front of the gun (with the barrel about 4cm from his head) when the gun went off.  That little pellet went through his skull in three different places, all three holes clearly visible on the X-Ray.  The neurosurgeon explained to me that although the bullet did not enter the brain itself, a cold bullet (such as from a air-gun) does not cauterise on its way in like a hot bullet would do, and so the chances of infection were high.  Also, the fragments took with them plugs of hair which were trapped between the brain and the skull, more bugs for infection.  So they cut out a round piece of skull, flushed out the cavity and cleaned around the brain before putting everything back together with pins.  One of these days he will set off airport alarms.

We survived all that.  I should not complain but like I said, I am somewhat annoyed.  The older one also had his fair share of accidents and hospitals but never quite reached the same lofty heights as his brother.

Mothers of girls always tell me:  “That’s boys for you.”

I suppose I better put it in my pipe and smoke it.


17 responses to “Boys!

  • 2b14u

    Wow! I never knew a pellet gun could do that. Are you one of those fragile moms or are you one of those “I can deal with this” moms?
    You need to read “Wild at Heart” since you are raising boys.

  • Antoinette

    Lol, no, I deal with it. In fact, I am so bad that his father had to take him to the hospital which was only about 6 hours later. I didn’t think the bullet went through the skull so just cleaned it and told him to go play. Not even copious amounts of blood squirting from your head makes me go to the doctor!!!!

    But then on the other hand, when he tore his ACL for the second time, he refused to go to the hospital because it was Saturday and he knew the dr. would not do anything until Monday. So he stayed in the most awful pain until Monday.

    I have read ‘Wild at Heart’ and it is stunning!

  • 2b14u

    I want to develop a Bible study for the mothers of the wild at heart. What do you think?

  • scottissterling

    Thanks for the reminder about why I was hoping for (and received) a girl.

  • Vanessa Chapman

    My goodness, what a collection of calamities! Still, it sounds like they’re made of tough stuff and keep bouncing back. if you Google ‘Why boys need parents’ you get a lot of funny (and worrying) pictures!

    • Antoinette

      With a mother like me Vanessa, they need to be made of strong stuff hehehehehe! I saw one episode of Dr. G. (the medical examiner) one night where she spoke about the stupidity (in a nice way) of men and why it is that so many more of them die than woman of unbelievably stupid things (like working under a car that is jacked up on bricks etc). They truly are special.

  • wadingacross

    My goodness. I used to shoot pellet guns as a teen, but I guess I never considered how powerful they could be at effectively point blank range.

    And as a parent of three boys – and one girl – who’re all quite young, so far we haven’t had any hospital visits, yet…

    With how they play though, it would seem inevitable.

  • soulsrapture

    Hope he is doing better soon! I remember the pellet gun accident!
    Still getting used to my ‘new’ son who is 21 years old. Almost glad I missed all his hair raising stunts and adventures. Girls have other hair raising issues but I don’t think it is the same. Special mom’s who are blessed with boys! (Eish…I just don’t have a stomach for pain anymore the older I get…my youngest daughter’s fractured arm was enough)

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  • Heather

    Wow back in 2003? j/k might want to update you date stamp 😉

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