I have a running joke; that no matter what you do to them, my children will never stop moving. Even in their sleep, they both run. And never in a million years would I ever say that there is such a thing as too much running, jumping and playing for either of them.
But it turns out there is such a thing as too much and I found this out on Sunday.
On Sunday, it was the warmest day that we had had in about 8 months. The temperatures were in the low twenties, the sun was shining and there was the tiniest of breezes. It was a lovely day to do something outdoors.
And we did a lot of things outdoors.
It all started around 10. The boys went on a bike ride with Millhouse. They went around the block twice. Then we went on a 2km hike. Then we got back home and the kids all spent the afternoon in the backyard as I made dinner. After dinner, they went back out into the driveway so that they could play on their scooters. There was about eight hours of physical activity.
It was wonderful.
Until bath time.
By the time bath time rolled around, the boys had accumulated a good amount of overall grime on all visible surfaces of their bodies. Plus, they were sweaty and hot. The heat was starting to make them miserable so I let them forego the regular shower for a bath in the big bath tub. The big bath tub makes a really good quasi swimming pool when you are in a pinch. And given how much running, jumping and craziness they had done for most of the day, I figured it would be a nice treat for them.
I filled the bath tub with warm water and salt and let them each have their turn to splash around and cool down. Mat’s bath went down without a hitch. He was in there for about 20 minutes just chilling.
Then I drained the tub and repeated the process for Maks bath. The majority of Maks bath consisted of Maks floating in the tub, just chilling. He was having a good time up until I told him it was time to come out. When I told Maks it was time to come out, he tried to stand up and he couldn’t. His knees had locked themselves into place and it really hurt for Maks to bend his legs. It was so bad; Millhouse had to be called in to hoist Maks out of the bathtub. By the time he got out of the bathtub, Maks was in tears, he was in that much pain. He is a pretty tough kid so seeing tears tells you; he must be hurting a lot.
I figured he must have aggravated his legs with all the physical activity and just needed to relax a bit. He got some children’s Advil and lay down under the blankets to take it easy. I fully expected him to fall asleep and be better by the next day.
All night he kept waking up because whenever he moved, the pain would be too much and wake him up. He barely got any sleep and the next morning the pain was just as bad. So we kept him home from school and made an appointment for the doctor.
When I told him he was going to the doctor, he burst into tears. I thought he was scared because he thought he would get a needle. But it turns out he was scared of climbing the stairs to get to the doctor’s office. Our doctor is on the second floor of the medical centre and there is usually a line up for the elevators so we generally bypass the elevators and just climb the stairs. The pain was so bad the idea of climbing the stairs made him cry. I told him he did not have to climb the stairs at this appointment and he will be taking the elevator to the office and he calmed down.
The doctor confirmed that Maks had pulled the muscles in his legs. He said he would be better after a couple days of rest. He was concerned about the muscle mass and ligaments around his knees though. The doctor wants Maks to go for an x-ray to confirm the ligaments are not damaged. He also suggested that Maks do some more running to build up the muscles in his legs.
The doctor feels Maks needs to develop the muscles in his legs because right now he does not have sufficient muscle mass to support his rapidly expanding body and if he doesn’t develop more muscle mass soon, his body will not support itself the way it should.
After three days Maks is still hurting. He went to school yesterday and today with a note excusing him from any physical activities. The teachers have been really good at having Maks just sit and relax while the other kids are running around losing their minds. The last couple nights he has had the lay in bed with the heating pad across his knees. The pain seems to be the worst in the evening, when the excitement of the day has worn off.
I am hoping his muscles recuperate soon because even though Maks hurt himself running around, he needs to run around some more.