So far this summer Maks has had an ear infection, a sinus infection, three unknown bruises and cut on his leg.
So far this summer Mats has had a horse fly bite (that he didn’t feel at the time but it eventually started to swell and he noticed it), an elbow to the head, a cut on his finger and one scrapped knee.
Given that we are now three weeks into summer holidays we are doing pretty good for injuries. My children are not the most graceful creatures and tend to fall over their feet more times than I like to admit. So when they have unlimited amounts of lightly supervised free time, it is inevitable that they are eventually going to fall over themselves or each other and get hurt. By this point I was expecting something pretty serious to have gone down but the boys have surprised me and managed not to hurt themselves too badly.
Now, I am not wishing bad luck onto my children but I am realistic enough to know that if it is possible they will get hurt then they will most likely end up getting hurt. They won’t break bones or anything but falling off things, getting cuts or bruises or scratches are all highly probable occurrences especially in the summer. There is something about the summer that just makes the boys forget to watch out for things.
So as I was writing this I was thinking to myself “I wonder if I am jinxing things by saying the boys have been having an OK summer so far”. Then I decided to take a breather from writing the post and focus on other things. I am back now and I can tell you that I totally jinxed the boys and the evening I started writing this post, things started to go downhill.
Once a week Maks has judo classes. He goes in for an hour and a half and throws kids, kids throw him and they do this on and on. He has gotten really serious about judo and he even went to class last week when he had the ear infection.* This week was his first week back since being sick and he seems to have bounced back really well. Because of his size he was paired with a kid two belt classes higher than he is. This is nothing new. The sensei likes to pair kids based on size not skill. Which if you think about it, makes sense. You can have a huge kid and a little kid in the same belt class and the potential for someone to get hurt is really high. So they paired up based on size and the sparring began. The class went as planned and nothing too crazy went down.
Until after the class.
As Maks was leaving judo, he started to throw up. Turns out that the other kid was throwing him too hard and he kept landing on his ribs. It was enough jostling and flipping that it got him physically ill. This has never happened before and he was really shaken up by it.
And not to be out done; that same night Mats started getting random headaches. He will just be sitting there colouring or drawing or playing on his tablet and his head will just start hurting. It hurts him so bad that he will just start crying because it hurts so much. At first I thought he got hit on the head but he wasn’t. I keep an eye on him at night to make sure he doesn’t have a concussion. And if the headaches come back, I will take him to the doctor.
*he didn’t participate in the class but he still sat on the bench and watched them practice. He wants to show the sensei he is serious about the class and moving up in the ranks.