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A bloody fall

The Penis Chronicles presents, “A bloody fall.”

“The funny thing about kids is they are the reason we lose it and the reason we hold it together.” –

Have you ever read any of those sayings about parenting boys and it being harder to keep them alive? It that my heart has stopped and restarted in a surge of adrenaline fueled by terror! sayings, “Mouth injuries are common in children… Your child may injure his or her teeth during a fall.” (Retrieved August 12, 2019)

My boys were 5 and 2 years old. We went to the park to enjoy some fresh air and exercise. The 5 year old had been using the monkey bars and loving it. I was wiping sand off the 2 year old’s hands when it happened. It can be described as a slow motion but happened so fast moment.

The 5 year old yelled for me to watch. He was so proud that he could pull himself across the monkey bars. I looked up. He jumped reaching his tiny fingers towards the bar. He grabbed. His sandy fingers slipped and his little body turned in the air as he fell. His face was now aimed toward the hard plastic platform that he had just leaped from moments before.

The sounds was sickening!

His scream was piercing!

There was so much blood!

I fought down panic as I tried to determine if he had all his teeth. Had a tooth gone through his skin? Had he bitten his tongue? Where was all the blood coming from?

Okay, heavy sigh and let’s all breathe.

So, he hadn’t cut anything. No teeth poking through skin and no missing pieces of the tongue or cheek. He had hit his top 2 front teeth and they were loose. That is where all the blood was coming from. It looked SO bad but he was lucky that day because it could have been much worse. In addition, these were still baby teeth and they tightened back up in his gums after a couple day and they didn’t turn black. We made a precautionary visit to the dentist and were happy to hear that there was no injury to his gums or adult teeth hiding in the gums.

Stanford Children’s Health points out that, “The gums, tongue, and lips have a lot of blood supply. When cuts happen, these areas may bleed a lot.” (Retrieved August 12, 2019)

That was one bloody fall.

By Shari Marshall – 2019

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