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Old 20-03-2013, 4:05 PM
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Minor rant, just to make myself feel better.

My son (6) has had one of those days.
An argument with the cat this morning, resulting in a scratch below his eye.
A fight with a chair, which he lost, leaving a huge purple bruise on his face.
Fell up a flight of concrete stairs - that one gave him holes in the knees of his jeans, one scabby knee, one scratched knee and two cut palms.
Tripped over nothing and hit his arm on the coffee table (no bruise as yet).
Stood on the prickly cat treat dispenser, no injuries, just a sore foot.
Slipped coming downstairs and slid from almost the top to the bottom - nice carpet burn on his back.
And last, but not least, he stood behind his sister when she came home from school, she swung her school bag off her shoulders and knocked him halfway across the kitchen - another bruise on his face (opposite side to the last one), and teeth through bottom lip.

And, to top it all off, we've got an appointment with the school nurse tomorrow, with whom I clash every time I see her (I can't stand her, she hates me, and every meeting ends up in an argument) - the state of his face is going to go down well!

Does anyone else have days like this? Or is it just my kids who appear to enjoy pain?
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Old 20-03-2013, 4:09 PM
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Although not quite on the same scale my DS does have the ability to injure himself in new and unique ways.

Usually, as you find, with inanimate objects.

My wife takes the "genetics" blame as she is also less than graceful.
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Old 20-03-2013, 4:11 PM
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I'm sorry but this did make me laugh!
It does amaze me how children can fall over from the stand up not moving position... the other day my son slipped off his chair, taking the ipad with him, smashing his head and my ipad...!

Just a side note, have you had his hearing and eyes tested? My son has problems with both which is why he is constantly covered in bruises, just wondered if this could be the same for your LO? XX
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Old 20-03-2013, 4:23 PM
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Haha you do have a clumsy son there don't you! It's normal though, I used to be a basketball coach and the amount of quite frankly hilarious accidents the kids used to have was endless!
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Old 20-03-2013, 4:24 PM
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That does sound like a lot.

Does he normally bruise himself like this on a daily basis? Presumably some of this was done whilst he was at school today?
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Old 20-03-2013, 4:28 PM
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That does take 'little boy bruises' to a whole new level, sorry OP, I'm also laughing because like your lad I can trip over fresh air and fall down steps that aren't there.

But cord123 makes a good point, there are sometimes reasons for clumsiness. DS1 is dyspraxic but thankfully he's also a bit of a wuss which rather limits the amount of danger he puts himself in. In DS2's case he has Browns Syndrome (a particular kind of squint) that affects his ability to coordinate his actions, well... that's the obvious disability but he also has sensory processing problems which both drives him to seek thrill laden adventures but also lead him to misjudge the amount of effort needed to achieve things - lots of slamming and banging. Ear problems can also lead to clumsiness. Most little boys do themselves a considerable amount of damage while growing up but if it's more than most then consider having a chat with your GP and asking for his hearing, sight and co-ordination (which would require a referral to paediatric occupational therapy) checked.
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Old 20-03-2013, 4:29 PM
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Does anyone else have days like this? Or is it just my kids who appear to enjoy pain?
Awww poor little soul, hope tomorrow is better for him. I have had one of those days today too. A rock pooling trip to the beach with a class of kids resulted in me running up the beach with one squealing child under my arm to beat the tide. One child delivered safely to the beach, job done, or so I thought.

I stepped back, tripped and landed on some wet sand. So embarrassing but the kids had a laugh at my expense.
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Old 20-03-2013, 4:39 PM
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My eldest child has always been clumsy - as I am 'less than graceful' like Alleycat's wife I take the blame - I can trip over my own shadow

When he was in year 1 they tested his hearing and eyesight. I was hoping they would find that glasses would prevent him bumping into bins and lamp-posts on the way to school, but the verdict is that he's just a clumsy child.

What are you seeing the school nurse about? Our school nurse sent my youngest to be assessed for dyspraxia but he wasn't quite bad enough for a diagnosis. He's on the waiting list for some classes to help with functional skills such as zips and buttons, pouring a drink etc. though.
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Old 20-03-2013, 5:09 PM
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hes growing
when kids grow the nerve ending slightly seperate - apparently - (fascinating programme on tv about it a while back - professor winston presenting - showed an young ballerina going through the same stage....)
anyway this means that impulses to muscles are missed - slow etc and clumsimess ensues
then these catch up as sceletal growth slows and flesh has a chance to catch up - and a brief period of not falling over ensues - until the next growth spurt
it also cheers the kid up to know their growing and not naturally clumsy
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Awww. Poor little poppet!

Hope this is indicative of a very bad day, not a normal day! But hopefully it's nothing that a hot chocolate and a hug won't cure.

Good luck tomorrow with the school nurse x
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My son (6) has had one of those days.
An argument with the cat this morning, resulting in a scratch below his eye.

Nothing to do with you personally OP, but I'm just imagining the completely different direction the thread would have taken if you'd said dog instead of cat!
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Old 20-03-2013, 5:37 PM
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I could always tell when my kids were going into a growth spurt. it was like they lost the mental image of where their edges were and they were always misjudging where their feet would land or where the door edge was. It's spring, most kids do go into a growth spurt round about now. If he's still doing it in November though, it's more likely he's just a bit clumsier than most.
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Old 20-03-2013, 5:40 PM
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Does he normally bruise himself like this on a daily basis? Presumably some of this was done whilst he was at school today?
No, this is an exceptional day - he never makes it through a day without some form of mishap, but today was extra mishap-laden! He's home-educated, and we spent some time today at the local holiday park, waiting for my OH to finish work, so some things happened there. The trip downstairs was at the dentists though, just to be different.

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Just a side note, have you had his hearing and eyes tested? My son has problems with both which is why he is constantly covered in bruises, just wondered if this could be the same for your LO? XX
He's under the eye-clinic and hearing clinic, as he has issues with both (which does explain some of the clumsiness), he needs grommets again but has a bad reaction to general anaesthetic, so they've postponed it for now.

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hes growing
when kids grow the nerve ending slightly seperate - apparently - (fascinating programme on tv about it a while back - professor winston presenting - showed an young ballerina going through the same stage....)
anyway this means that impulses to muscles are missed - slow etc and clumsimess ensues
then these catch up as sceletal growth slows and flesh has a chance to catch up - and a brief period of not falling over ensues - until the next growth spurt
it also cheers the kid up to know their growing and not naturally clumsy
That's brilliant, thanks, so he's growing, and not clumsy? I'll need to find the programme - we are doing the Human Body as a topic just now, so would tie in nicely!

We're seeing the school nurse as she's a nosy mare really, but the official reason is that she had a report from the paediatrician, and needs to check things out. The report is nothing special, it's basically the post-appointment minutes, which I recieved my copy of before Christmas, so she's obviously put it to the side until she had a quiet week - if there was anything in it that she felt concerned about, I'm sure she'd have been in touch before now. I can refuse (as there is no legal need for us to see her) but last time, she called social services as she was "concerned about his wellbeing" (funny how none of the other health professionals that we see on a weekly basis were worried) and it's easier to have a 10 minute sniping session with the school nurse every 6 months or so than it is to deal with social services.
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I'm still like that even all these years later. Doorways seem to move as I go through them and either catch the elbows, shoulders or boobs in the door frame. And no I'm not drunk Wish I was half the time.
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Old 20-03-2013, 5:43 PM
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Nothing to do with you personally OP, but I'm just imagining the completely different direction the thread would have taken if you'd said dog instead of cat!
Very true - hadn't thought about that! To be fair, if he'd sat on a dog, and then tried to give it a very big upside down kiss and cuddle to say sorry, when it was obviously not happy and trying to run away, he'd have deserved everything he'd have got
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Old 20-03-2013, 6:05 PM
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LOL poor little man. I'm clumsy (I'm known as clumsy mummy in our house ) and so is DS, but your sons day takes the biscuit.

Hope tomorrow is better, and sounds like you're ready for the school nurse.
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Old 20-03-2013, 6:12 PM
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No, this is an exceptional day - he never makes it through a day without some form of mishap, but today was extra mishap-laden! He's home-educated, and we spent some time today at the local holiday park, waiting for my OH to finish work, so some things happened there. The trip downstairs was at the dentists though, just to be different.



He's under the eye-clinic and hearing clinic, as he has issues with both (which does explain some of the clumsiness), he needs grommets again but has a bad reaction to general anaesthetic, so they've postponed it for now.



That's brilliant, thanks, so he's growing, and not clumsy? I'll need to find the programme - we are doing the Human Body as a topic just now, so would tie in nicely!

We're seeing the school nurse as she's a nosy mare really, but the official reason is that she had a report from the paediatrician, and needs to check things out. The report is nothing special, it's basically the post-appointment minutes, which I recieved my copy of before Christmas, so she's obviously put it to the side until she had a quiet week - if there was anything in it that she felt concerned about, I'm sure she'd have been in touch before now. I can refuse (as there is no legal need for us to see her) but last time, she called social services as she was "concerned about his wellbeing" (funny how none of the other health professionals that we see on a weekly basis were worried) and it's easier to have a 10 minute sniping session with the school nurse every 6 months or so than it is to deal with social services.
Tbf, it's better they are over cautious than not attentive enough. I had this a few years ago at a hospital, my husband came with me to all appointments because I hate doctors and I get a bit teary and find it hard to remember information.

It obviously rang alarm bells and they asked to examine me in a side room where they asked several times if I was the victim of domestic abuse or pressure or anything else similar. I was even more upset by that at first but when I told dh afterwards he thought it was a good thing, as some women are and if their husbands are with them how can they say, so he was entirely pleased they had asked me.

Fwiw, like your son, I had lots of bruises and accidents and injuries too. Kids though, IMO....almost should have some battle scars from playing outdoors or energetically, or just being clumsy, but its good that someone is looking out for him.
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No, this is an exceptional day - he never makes it through a day without some form of mishap, but today was extra mishap-laden! He's home-educated, and we spent some time today at the local holiday park, waiting for my OH to finish work, so some things happened there. The trip downstairs was at the dentists though, just to be different.



He's under the eye-clinic and hearing clinic, as he has issues with both (which does explain some of the clumsiness), he needs grommets again but has a bad reaction to general anaesthetic, so they've postponed it for now.



That's brilliant, thanks, so he's growing, and not clumsy? I'll need to find the programme - we are doing the Human Body as a topic just now, so would tie in nicely!

We're seeing the school nurse as she's a nosy mare really, but the official reason is that she had a report from the paediatrician, and needs to check things out. The report is nothing special, it's basically the post-appointment minutes, which I recieved my copy of before Christmas, so she's obviously put it to the side until she had a quiet week - if there was anything in it that she felt concerned about, I'm sure she'd have been in touch before now. I can refuse (as there is no legal need for us to see her) but last time, she called social services as she was "concerned about his wellbeing" (funny how none of the other health professionals that we see on a weekly basis were worried) and it's easier to have a 10 minute sniping session with the school nurse every 6 months or so than it is to deal with social services.
Glad to hear it's not the norm LOL

Glue ear? I've had several friends report good results from seeing an osteopath, might be worth investigating?

You know what though, I have a darn sight more respect for SS than I do for our school nurse who appears to be a complete ignoramus.
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Sorry - your post made me laugh!

glad you are having this investigated! oh and remind your son that Cats ALWAYS win arguments!
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