So... way back in April someone in one of my mom's groups posted a link to an article, "A Surprising Risk for Toddlers on Playground Slides", describing the dangers of going down slides with your kids. I have to say that I didn't take it very seriously. Although I started being more cautious on slides with Finn, and holding his feet up in the air (the danger is when their feet get caught on the bottom or side of the slide), I really thought that it was kind of a ridiculous thing to be concerned about. I mean, I've seen kids slide with their parents hundreds of times. Which is why it did not even begin to cross my mind as something to warn my mom about when she came down to spend last weekend with Finn (my mom who saw me through an entire childhood full of playground shenanigans without a single broken bone).
But here he is to prove me wrong and that article right- Finn the public service announcement. One ill-fated trip down the curved slide at the playground with my mom on Saturday afternoon, during which his foot got slightly bent under her thigh as they reached the bottom of the slide left him unwilling to put any weight on his left leg (although he wasn't upset or fussing about it at all a few minutes afterwards). The ER we took him to on Sunday morning xrayed his foot and sent him home with a clean bill of health. They said he'd be back to running by Wednesday. When he still wouldn't even stand up on it on Tuesday I brought him in for a second opinion to a family friend who is an orthopedic surgeon. Turns out Finn's foot isn't broken, but his tibia is. Four weeks in a cast for my toddler.
So I'm posting this to tell you to please take this more seriously than I did! Finn actually couldn't care less about the cast, and is having a pretty darn good time with all the extra attention, bubbles, and ice cream his injury has earned him. He got to choose the cool blue color of his cast (I'm still mad that dad wouldn't let him get the blue glitter though). And our doctor assured us that this will have no long term effects on him at all. But I feel the worst for my mom. She is of course beside herself that this happened under her watch. We still think she's the best Mimi on the planet.
You heard it here. Just say no, kids! To all those dangerous things like drinking, drugs, and going down slides with your grandma.