Thursday, April 1, 2010

This Time...



...last year (in about 45 minutes, at time of typing), I heard the Mr shout my name from the back garden. There was an edge to the shout and when it came again, a second or two later, urgent, desperate, I knew to move.

The memory of the scene is something that still turns me hot and cold. My toes curl and my heart trips to a frantic, screeching beat. The Mr holding the not-yet-two year old, the middle kid standing in ‘oh-man-I’m-really-in-trouble-now’, frozen shock, the eldest yelling above the screaming that everything wold be ok, and a tiny finger, stuck, held tight, squashed between the cog and the chain of a tandem bike.

Ugh. The middle kid had been rotating the pedals and the small had toddled over to do the investigation.

The Mr performed one of those feats that comes out of pure parental adrenaline. Unable to rotate the chain with the finger out of the cog, (the wheel was locked to the frame with a D-bar, key gone AWOL), the Mr used brute force to bend that D-bar, remove the wheel, set the chain and finger free. An act he has since been physically unable to repeat. The finger, barely attached at the front of the first joint by a sliver of skin and a tiny nerve or two...

...um, please excuse me while I cover my ears and la, la, la, la, la, over the next bit. From memory, (too busy rocking in foetal position to read what I wrote) much of the ‘next bit’ is here.

Fast forwarding a year, the kid is fine. Her finger is reattached and functioning with a 60% range of movement. The two months of cast wearing, then three with a splint, therapy and exercises, a good bit of bounce-backness and other-finger compensation and she can hang about like a monkey with the best of ’em.

I baked these yesterday. Yummy, lemony, coconuty cupcakes that were never going to see it through to today.





Nope. Nothing wrong with that finger.

PS. The kid scored that Wurm hat, which, prompted by a suggestion from Suse, (author of glorious yarn), morphed into the speediest-knit-ever, Baby Rollin’ Beret (free pattern here).



PPS. You can donate to the Royal Childrens’ Hospital Good Friday Appeal (and you can bet your cotton socks I will be) by clicking here...

41 comments:

Linda said...

oh what a heat wrenching story so glad little one's finger is fine, and those cupcakes look delish yummo

Tanya said...

oh geez, Tania, I feel abit emotional and teary reading that. Great hat, by the way, and the cupcakes look amazing. But, dealing with the finger? I am sorry that you had to do that. And I am glad it's still there. Adrenaline is amazing. take care xxx

my id word is mangst- that short for mother angst???

One Flew Over said...

Remember the post well. So glad little mini has recovered.

Happy Easter Tan x

Jo's Place said...

Very very scary, my friends boy did something similar to his finger and you would never know now.

Those cupcakes look scrummy :)

Liam's Mummy said...

I would love one of your cupcakes, they look delish. I'm glad that the finger is okay, although your story made my toes curl a bit too. I hope you have a safe and happy Easter.

PottyMouthMama said...

Dude! My teeth have gone all yucky and my legs ache after reading that story. That is the standard response to icky, icky things. ICK factor of 10 for that story. My sister got her foot stuck in the chain when she was small. ICK!

You're the bomb. And then some.

Kirsty said...

Hooray for the magic makers at the hospital & hero parents.

xxx

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

It takes my breath away reading the details. Thankfully(?) you and Mr M&E will probably have the clearer recollection of it than she. Its quite remarkable how kids manage to recover from such ugly traumas.

Have a lovely Easter, lady.
Liesl x

Gina said...

And here I was, thinking I was getting a rollicking good April Fool's story... but no. Oh, no.

Cupcakes are the only cure.

Megan.K. said...

Oh, I can't even follow your link and read the original story... I've gone all pale just reading this.
No parent ever should have to hear one of those cries.
Thank goodness for your Mr.
The kid deserves a helluva lot of cupcakes for having survived all of that pain.
x

Michelle said...

Oh why is it so often the third child that causes your heart to stop?

The cupcakes look divine!

A Peppermint Penguin said...

I remember reading that too. I often think how great it is that we live in the modern age with proper hospitals. Hope no-one has to prove their worth like that again!

And I hope Hazel has learned not to stick her finger in keyholes - (Joyce Grenfell reference).

Cheers,
AJ

Mel said...

Jeezus! I haven't the guts up yet to click on that post. The lead up to it was enough for me. Ergh Tania what a scary scary day that must have been. So glad to see the cupcake grabbing grasp has not been effected long term.

still shuddering ...

Suse said...

I remember that post. It made my eyes water and my knees go all feak and weeble. Like they just did again.

Love what you did with the yarn. I'd forgotten the rollin beret comes in a kidlet size - I was thinking of the adult size!

Ha. Word verif is 'deter'.

Right then.

Little Ted Canvas said...

Oh God what a shocker! That was, no doubt excruciating for you to watch her go through, I'm so glad she has healed well. They sure are amazing at the RCH. Those cakes look pretty good too.

beck said...

Was that a whole year ago? Wow. glad she is much recovered and she sure is looking fine.What a cutie! Hey, I have the red version of those cupcake wrappers & I can't for the life of me remember where I got them. Was it Spottie? I'm having a senior moment xo

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Is that a year ago already ?!
You were all so brave that day ( Granny too ) and I'm delighted it all ended so well . Let's face it , with cakes that good , being able to grab one's fair share is important .

m.e (Cathie) said...

ohh noo, I don't think I'll be clicking on that post, not after the short of it and not after what I went through the other day with the 2.5 yr old, now asleep with 3 stitches on his forehead.

that's why we made cookies today.

Cindy said...

thanks for the reminder - yes indeedy a worthwhile cause.

Kylie said...

Thanks goodness for finger-licking happy anniversaries. I cannot even imagine what that felt like (if I could control font size on these comments I'd use the tiniest one ever to confess that we have never had to go to hospital with our two... shocking I know, only ones we know who haven't). I have, however, shoved my hand down eldest's throat at age 6 months on an adrenalin rush when she was choking... haven't been able to repeat that feat either... not that I've been too tempted ;) Love the yumminess of your celebratory cupcakes. Have a lovely Easter. Kx

june at noon said...

Oh. Oh. I have no words. I can't even imagine. This is why my kids terrify me so much. I can't keep them safe 100% of the time.

I'm so glad it all turned out ok for you and your little one, so glad to see those fingers enjoy something yummy!

Andi said...

Amazing story!
Amazing parents!
Amazing cupcakes!
Nuff said.

Z said...

Parenthood is hard work...

Lola Nova said...

Terrifying feats of parenthood! I know that feeling, a mad rush to the emergency room comes to mind from 2 years ago. Thank goodness for nurses and doctors and neighbors and family and friends!

I could use one of those cupcakes about now. The hat turned out beautifully, and that precious face is gorgeous.

Clair said...

Gah! My dad nearly had to have his thumb removed once, after it got caught under the wheel or a moving trailer. I can imagine the scene in all it's 'glory'. Glad the little 'un can enjoy her cupcakes x

Bird Bath said...

sheesh. that sounds intense. amazing how the parental instincts can kick in during those moments...and how resilient little people will be. Glad that the little fingers are working hard at doing little finger things again. the cupcakes look scrumptious.

Mookah said...

Eeew! I had to read that post through slightly parted fingers. Next time perhaps a warning for those with a weak stomach? Glad to hear all is well, and the finger is reattached, and useable.

Stomper Girl said...

Oh. My Gawd.
Right. Well, the beret and the cupcakes are lovely, Mr MyrtleandEunice is a hero and I did read the other post and the bit I really liked was the people leaping to your aid. You know when you read the papers and think the world is a horrible place? It's incidents like your bubsy's acccident which make you realise just how good people can be, and that always brings a tear to my eye.

Real Life Reslers said...

Glad that finger's ok! Phew! And your cupcakes look yummy. :)

jorth said...

Yikes! That sent a shiver up my spine...The RCH are the best.

(as is your super strong fella!)

peppermintpatcher said...

Your little one has a most expressive face! I'm so pleased that the outcome was good, but I can't even imagine how you felt at the time. Horrifying!

crzylady said...

*glurg* I am feeling a bit ill now. Oh my. I'm glad to hear everything is better. I really can't think on it without feeling faint.

yea for grabbing treats with all digits!

dillpickle said...

Don't cope well with finger injuries. Had to read every second word to get the gist without too many details... I'm glad it's more or less much better though! And the beret is very lovely. xx

Cute as Buttons said...

I do remember that post...bile rising in the throat just reading the post so can't imagine how you're feeling. Got to be glad for miracles...feats of strength and clever, healing people. Also loved seeing the little rumpty paw wrapped around the cupcake. What a great reminder to give to the appeal.

Anonymous said...

Hey Tarn,
Yes that post certainly is a toe curler! Even though I have seen her little finger which looks fabulous, just the description of her accident left me yelling out EEEWWW and Arghhh!

The cupcakes look delicious!
Maybe our next afternoon tea catch up should include those!:)
Love Jen

Madeline said...

Oh, my toes were totally curling over this one. How utterly terrifying for all of you. It's amazing how resilient those little ones are!

Melinda H. said...

OH my gosh I'm having flashbacks. I did something similar only I squished off the tip of my finger in a door when I slammed it shut. I passed out, woke up to a roomful of extremely handsome ambulance guys (which, at age 13, was mortifying), and ended up getting it stitched back together. It's a little funky now but not super noticeable. Much love to your little one; I feel her pain! So glad to hear she's ok now :)

Nikki Cardigan said...

Hmmmm.... no. A year is not enough time to be able to tell that story without it still hurting. One day, it is likely to be told with laughs and memories that have been lightened over time.... I hope so. xxx

heather said...

woah tania. that made my stomach and my womb flip about ten times reading that. how beautiful is her little finger, all healed up. that is incredible the kind of healing our bodies can do. reading about the way your husband yelled your name also, that is the worst sound, it makes my stomach hurt now just writing about it. and i LOVE that your older one was saying everything was gonna be alright. what a sweetie trying to keep everyone calm. and the neighbor! what a freaking angel to be there at that moment. okay....i'm going to go calm myself down now, after reading this! and your wurm hat is perfect. you are fast....i feel like a snail lately. but a content snail mostly, so it's ok.

Sandrine said...

Oh I did not know about it...It made my stomach turned into a knot as I read it so I could not imagine yours...Your little beautiful seem to have recovered nicely, thanks goodness.
Great liitle hat for her too! XX

elly bee said...

I'm still proud of M that his adrenaline made him do such a miracle job. bending steel and wheels to free fingers. We have a television program 'my dad is the best', we can still nominate him. And you as well because I still remeber the story of you in the hospital, don;t need to read that another time....
this year it was a much better day. not that much need to be done to make it a better day.

take care of little fingers!
eb xx