We had a lovely holiday with our family out of state. It was a great trip full of good food, great family and fun memories. Oscar had a blast with his family and we were full of love and ready to hit the road home yesterday. We got an early start for our 12 hour drive. We knew it was a long day. Well, we thought we knew.
We had no idea.
2 hours into our trip we decided to stop for a potty break and to let Oscar play. We went to McDonalds because they have a play area. We had a lot of fun and Oscar loved playing on the playground. This particular one had a sign that said parents could play too, so Jerry decided to take him down the slide on his lap. Oscar loved it and wanted to go again! We decided they could go one. more. time. and man, if we could just take that back. It was a tube slide and this time as they went down, Oscar kicked his leg up and his shoe caught on the slide while their bodies kept going. This resulted in a small fracture and a full leg cast.
For a 23 month old.
Thank God we were only a few minutes away from a local Hospital and Oscar was seen and treated immediately. He should fully recover in a month or so and we know that it could have been much worse. We are taking each day as it comes and trying to make sure he is as comfortable as possible.
As I was in crisis mode and dealing with things, trying to assess and reassess the situation I thought about the people who sue McDonald’s. I don’t know why I started thinking about it. Maybe my mind needed somewhere else to go. But I just couldn’t help but wonder why in the world that would be helpful. There is nothing in me whatsoever that blames the company for Oscar’s injury. And in fact, since we have been home and I’ve had access to Google, you can imagine my shock when I read several articles warning against parents going down slides with their children!
This has happened before.
While it is so sad that any child should break a bone in any way, it was somewhat comforting to know that we are not the first ones to have this freak accident. I am so thankful that Oscar is safe and will heal and didn’t experience something more damaging. And I don’t care where the event took place. Accidents are accidents and we place no blame.
I decided to type out our experience as a warning. I don’t know if we would have acted differently had we seen those articles prior to our stop. I mean there is part of me that knows you can’t live in a bubble. But at the same time, they make a good point. Children going down the slide on their own wouldn’t have the same kind of momentum. And we live and we learn.
My heart broke this morning when Oscar cried “walk mommy!” and I had to uselessly explain that he couldn’t walk for a little while, but that it wasn’t forever.
For some kids, it is forever. I can’t even imagine.
Today, we are home. We are thankful for every breath. Every sigh. Every request to “watch someping”.
We have our boy. He’s a little banged up.
But it isn’t forever.