Posts Tagged ‘myth’

1. Toddlers don’t break bones

Well, they do, apparently more than we think. While toddler bones are flexible and therefore less breakable, they are susceptible to torque. Therefore, toddlers break bones easily if, for example, their foot gets caught somewhere and they try to twist it out.

2. If your leg is broken, you can’t move your toes

Absolutely false. You can move your toes and even bend your leg. It doesn’t even necessarily hurt, depending on the type of breakage.

3. If you have a broken bone, the area will swell and/or become discolored

False again. Especially with toddlers, there might not be any outward signs at all.

And how do I know all this? Because my daughter apparently broke her thigh bone 3 days ago, and it took us and her pediatrician a day to figure it out. She had no marks of any kind. She hadn’t fallen that day hard enough to make her cry. She bent her legs, moved her toes with no problem. The symptoms we saw were:

1. She didn’t want to be picked up

2. She didn’t put weight on her right leg (which we discovered only after some hours).

The pediatrician himself didn’t think of broken bones – he suspected tendinitis or similar and sent us to a child orthopedic. He felt her legs for 10 seconds and told us that our daughter had a broken thigh bone 😯

So my sweet toddler is now in a spica cast for 3 weeks. She doesn’t cry anymore when we pick her up and is sleeping well. But she already asked the doctor to take off the cast 🙂

Now people are asking us, “Why didn’t you go immediately to have an X-Ray?”

“Because everyone’s a genius after the event” 😛  (Not that I said that to anyone’s face. But I thought it 😉 ). Well, now you can be genuises before the event if you see the same symptoms. Knowledge is power!


After the Event – Bedi’avad / words and music – Danny Sanderson, performer – Ariel Zilber


“The only thing that’s definite

one hundred percent

is that everyone’s a genius

after the event”

Shabbat Shalom and health to all!


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It is after all possible to have too much of a good thing. After staying at home for almost 5 months, I am done reading light literature, and I have actually resumed work on my thesis. I’m going back to work this Sunday. I can feel my IQ draining slowly back into my brain 🙂

As part of the celebration of that, I reread de Lint’s Moonheart. I remembered it vaguely, but no more. And there is so much more!

Moonheart at its simplest explores Sara Kendel’s discovery of the Otherworld, a world close to this one yet with elves, manitous, faerie and more, and her battle with an evil being that stalks her. Woven in it are the stories of Keiran Foy, an apprentice in the Way; John Tucker, of the RCMP; and Jamie Tams, Sara’s uncle.

On a less simplistic level, Moonheart explores the world that is merged with this one, but unseen, and the workings of the soul that are just out of our reach. de Lint’s talent lies in weaving mythical tales not in a place “far far away and a long long time ago”, but here and now *, in the middle of the city. After reading his books, you keep feeling that if you turn your head faster, you’ll see an elf run between cars, and if you listen harder, you’ll hear the strains of the harp pulling you on…

Pure magic. 5 stars.

* Well, in Canada in the 1980s.

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