One Roll Too Far

Have you ever watched something bad happen and although it seemed to go in slow motion you were unable to get there in time to prevent it? That happened to me yesterday and it was really upsetting.


Little J was a little out of sorts yesterday. He had been up through the night which is something he very rarely does. He had a cough and was sneezing throughout the day.

He was unable to settle until about 4pm when he lay on the sofa playing with his taggy. I sat next to him stroking his legs and back, praying he would have a nap because I knew it would make him feel better.

One minute he was lying there just about to go asleep and the next he was face down on the floor.

My heart stopped as I watched him roll himself off the sofa on to the floor. It was in slow motion like from the matrix films. It was terrifying and when he landed I just looked on in shock. Luckily I had hold of one leg so the impact was not as much as what it could have been.

Withing 20 minutes we had taken him to the accident and emergency and after a quick triage check the nurse assured us he seemed alert and there was no signs of anything serious.

After a 3 hour wait little J was seen by a doctor. The doctor checked him all over for any other bumps or bruises. His body was fine just a bump to his head and under his eye. Poor little J.

I was hoping the doctors weren't thinking what a bad mummy I am for letting him roll off the sofa and hoping they weren't talking about me while they were drinking their coffees at the nurses station.

I know it's all part of growing up and I'm sure there will be plenty more bumps, cuts, grazes and bruises along the way but I don't want to be there to see them happen. It makes my stomach turn.

Well after we were discharged we were told to keep an eye on him overnight for any unusual behaviour.

03:30am little J wakes vomiting and I instantly think 'omg he's got concussion' Daddy reassured me that it is probably just down to him feeling unwell earlier on in the day before his bump. So after a few hours he falls back asleep. He was really drowsy this morning and vomiting so after a call to NHS 111 we were back in accident and emergency.


Little J had a temp of 38.5 so they had him under observation but told us it was very unlikely it had anything to do with the bump just a coincidence. He managed to have a snooze.


After the miracle worker that is 'calpol' his temp reduced slightly and we have been sent home where he is now asleep.

20 comments

  1. Aww! Bless him!! Glad he's ok....Hope he's feeling better soon!! Hugs to you!! How scary!! When my eldest was about the same age she fell off the settee too and knocked herself out...I felt like the worst person in the world but accidents happen!!

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    1. He's feeling loads better now - was very scary

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  2. Oh no, hope all is well now. :( xo

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  3. Really glad he's ok hun! hope he's feeling much better too xx

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  4. Goodness, I hope he's OK. All children have these bumps and I'm sure it's nothing that the nurses haven't seen before. I was there a few months ago with my daughter when she decided to take a head dive off our front step, she was fine but they worry you so much!

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  5. I do hope he is all better now. It happens so often when they are that little, there is actually an old wives' tale that says it is good luck if they roll of their beds before they are 1! J did it too, and my heart was in my mouth. I could see it happening, but was not quick enough to stop him. xx

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    1. That's the worst when you know it's gonna happen but don't get there in time.

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  6. I hope he is on the mend now. And it could be worse- my father-in-law dropped my OH on his head on a stone fireplace when he was little- and he is none the worse for it! They all have bumps sometimes,however vigilant we are. x

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  7. I totally understand were you are coming from - we have a few trips like this to the A&E with our little man - it's always awful - my LO was once running after me, trip, fell over and knocked his head on the wall - had a huge bump - felt terrible, couldn't sleep but it's one of those things, parenting is scary but so rewarding and I hope he starts to feel better really soon

    Laura x

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  8. We've had a few trips to A and E too, it's better to be safe than sorry. I hope that he is starting to feel much better. They are a worry, aren't they??!

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  9. Poor little thing. It's horrible when things like this happen isn't it. We had to take our son to A&E a few weeks ago when he ran into a chair and split his head open. You really feel like the worst parent don't you!

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