Sunday, February 9, 2014
I will be so glad when my baby doesn't have hardware in her head any more. Tonight she fell off her little kid chair, of course, head first onto the aggregate floor, though her little shoulder bore some of the brunt of her weight, thankfully, and now has a bruise. I patched her up, but having hardware in one's head sure makes head injuries worse than they'd otherwise be. Her skin broke in several places over the distractor. Fortunately, it didn't bleed as bad as a head wound normally would because of all the cauterizing the surgeons did during her surgery. It takes awhile for the vessels to grow back, plus, I'm fast with the gauze and frozen "boo boo kitty" gel pack.
Apple falls on her head or bumps it a lot. One of the reasons is that her mental capacity exceeds her physical experience. She's 26 months old and thinks like a 26 months old, but doesn't have 26 months of experience being mobile. She's only been walking for a week. Her head is also bigger than it should be and her upper body is weaker than usually due to her lack of crawling (remember, she's been a booty scooter). She didn't crawl because of her hands, though she's practicing now. This means she didn't develop the normal reflex to catch herself with her hands when she falls, though she's getting better at it. Since her head got big fast (30 days of screw turning), she's still adjusting to a high center of gravity and heavy noggin. No one really knows how this effected her inner ear either, since there's less pressure in her head now than there was.