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Do Child Injuries Come in Threes?

How cute is Crash Kid #2? Even with a shiner she’s cute. Yes, that’s a nice black eye she has there. I asked her where she got it and she said she got it trying to do a back flip on the neighbor’s trampoline. While I love that we have a number of little Ninja Warriors in our family, it doesn’t come without its issues.

Of course, many parents would really be upset with their kid for getting a black eye. Personally, I was pretty proud of her. She didn’t complain about it at all. She was actually quite proud. If she’d complained, maybe I’d feel different. However, since she was cool about it, I was excited she was living the life of a child.

I know the feeling as a parent to want to lock your child in a padded room where nothing can hurt them. There’s no feeling in life worse than seeing your child in pain. I hate it and everything about it. However, I’m also learning that many of the best lessons in life come with a little bit of pain. Sometimes it’s physical like a black eye and sometimes its emotional. I’m happy to put off the emotional for a bit. However, Crash Kid #1 is about to start middle school, so it might not be much longer.

Yesterday we went to a trampoline gym called Gravady which also incorporated some foam pits and some Ninja Warrior obstacles. It was a bit of a drive from Henderson, but was pretty awesome. I can’t tell you how excited I was to get across some of those obstacles. It was also amazing watching Crash Kid #1 do the slack line and Crash Kid #4 fearlessly dive into the foam bit over and over again. Crash Kid #3 was all about the dodge ball. Considering how many people were playing dodgeball, it’s amazing he didn’t get trampled.

Our time was up and we were getting ready to leave and two injuries happened. Curtis sprained his ankle and Alessia landed on the mat next to the tramp and did something to her knee. I guess that’s what we get for trying to play a few extra minutes on our way out. Hopefully injuries come in threes and we’re done with injuries for now.

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Pain in the Neck

No, I’m not talking about my children. They’re perfect angels (something like that). I’m talking about literally having this crazy pain in my neck. The muscle in my neck just goes totally crazy and I can barely move without it hurting.

Some of you who know me might remember that this happened a year or two ago as well. Although, that time I had gone to the local trampoline place called SkyZone and I thought that was what caused the issue. Well, this time I didn’t do anything special and the pain came on and got progressively worse.

It turns out you use your neck muscles for a lot of things. For example, swallowing has been incredibly tough the past 7 days. Try living for a week while barely being able to swallow and it hurts when you do. Not fun. Try just laying down or sitting up in bed. You think it’s the abs working out (and they probably are), but your neck muscles are working overtime then too. They hold that massive thing (at least in my case it’s massive) known as your head from just smacking the ground. Not fun.

The bathroom is another place where you use your neck a lot. As a guy, you have to look down to aim. Try doing that when you can’t bend your neck down without hurting. The shower’s not fun either since it hurts even worse when you tip your head back to get your hair wet and wash out the soap. Even shaving uses a lot of neck muscles. Hard to shave when you can barely move your neck.

Long story short, it’s been a brutal week for me…or should I say…a total pain in the neck (pun intended).

I guess the start of 2015 hasn’t been great for me with this neck problem and my previous sickness (I wonder if coughing so much inflamed my neck muscles?). As I said in that post, being sick or hurt is a great way to help you appreciate when you’re healthy. There are so many little things we do that we take for granted. Hopefully I can heal up from the neck pain and still remember this lesson.

For those concerned at home, I’m on some drugs from the doctor that I think are helping. The Crash Mom has been a great help to me even though it’s not fun for her either. Hopefully we’re on the mend as things seem to be getting better. I wonder if I really should start Yoga to help keep the muscles limber. Although, that’s definitely out of question until I heal up. Long story short, pains in the neck are not fun.

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Being Sick Sucks…Cute Babies Snuggling You Doesn’t

Today the sickness hit me hard. It sucks! (Sorry Crash Mother-in-law. I know you don’t like that word, but it’s true.) The only good thing about being sick is that it reminds me to be grateful for the days that I don’t feel sick. It’s easy to take those days for granted.

Plus, for some reason, Crash Baby #4 really wanted to snuggle me. That was cute. Now, I just hope he doesn’t get sick.
Sick Dad Snuggling Sleeping Baby