When we are inside our apartment building I let her enjoy her freedom and don’t make her hold my hand. Usually this works fine and she stays close enough to me that I can watch her. Well last week something crazy happened. She had her hands on the elevator as it was opening. The elevator dragged her hands and she walked with it and then her tiny hand got caught in between the elevator and elevator door. I couldn’t believe her fingers could fit into that tiny gap! The elevator started moving up a bit so I had no time to feel guilty. I had heard a story about a little boy loosing his hand in an elevator last week. The man who told me this said the parents were afraid to hurt their child by pulling his hand out but the child ended up loosing their hand in the end. So I pulled Princess A’s hand twice but I couldn’t get her hand out. She thought all this was hysterical and laughed while I was having a heart attack so to speak.
Freckles came over and licked Princess A’s hand, I counted to three, and pulled her arm as hard as physically possible. I got her hand out and the elevator shut. I was happy until I saw how swollen Princess A’s hand was and she was now crying hysterically. Luckily, the Husband was at the apartment. He calmed everyone down and got Princess A to hold toys in her hurt hand so we knew she hadn’t broken her hand. We decided to go to the doctor anyway.
When we got to the doctor Princess A was already in a better mood. The pediatrician said Princess A was fine and that this happens all the time with kid’s and elevators and if I hadn’t pulled Princess A’s hand out in time I she could have lost her hand.
I was happy that Princess A was alright but the fact that this happens to lots of kids didn’t make me feel better at all. I was right there with Princess A. I am so careful about so many things. I would have never thought it was even possible for her to get her tiny hand stuck and of course that’s what happened to her.
I told other parents about this to warn them and they all said they same thing happened to them with one of their kid’s. Even my pharmacist said it happened to his daughter. I talked to one mom who tried to find a solution so this wouldn’t happen to any more kids. She discovered that the elevators won’t work without this gap and there isn’t the money or desire for this to be changed.
So if you are in an elevator make your kid hold onto your hand even if it is empty because Princess A got her hand stuck so quickly.
Also, are there any crazy things that your kids did that you could have never predicted that you can share with me. I know getting hurt is a part of childhood but I would like to prevent as many cuts, bruises, and swollen fingers as possible.