By ulrika - 24/07/2016 01:09 - United States - Jacksonville

Today, my parents let me babysit my baby sister for the first time. About an hour after they left, I was carrying her downstairs and tripped. Try calling your parents from the hospital and explaining that their daughter, who can't even crawl yet, has a broken leg. FML
I agree, your life sucks 18 912
You deserved it 4 210

Same thing different taste

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Hopefully she's okay and everyone believes your story! Hospitals tend to suspect the worst when it comes to injured children

Unfortunate accidents happen all the time, and luckily it wasn't worse than a broken leg. Hope she heals quick!


Hopefully she's okay and everyone believes your story! Hospitals tend to suspect the worst when it comes to injured children

fpants2010 18

Yes, hospitals assume the worst! When my son (4 at the time) split his head on the coffee table, they asked what happened. When I started to answer, they said "we were asking HIM" and were giving me scrutinizing looks the entire time. Seriously?? I was more upset about the injury than my son was!

#16 That was rude of them but I think it is good that they are careful about it. I am sure it was nothing personal and not that the didn't believe you but many abusers don't look like abusers. I'm glad they asked the child first before the parent.

my son broke his leg at 2 years old, 3 days after being bit in the face by a dog. we took him to the hospital for both. the 2nd time we were interviewed by a social worker. he broke his arm about 9 months later...that's the day he learned he wasn't batman. lol

You may be surprised to hear that the situation isn't actually all about you. Kids that are involved in their care and treated like they have a voice usually do much better when it comes to actually allowing the staff to treat them. I know you feel awful and just want to make it all better, but how is your kid supposed to trust the staff if you talk over them and don't allow them to build a rapport? How do you like it when someone asks you a question and someone keeps butting in and answering for you?

Goblin182 26

#43, that's a hard day when you learn that lesson.

If you worked at a hospital and saw the number of Non-Accidental Traumas (NATs) that we see then you'd understand why we assume the worst.

#66, Do people who work at hospitals not have children or experience with them...? You turn your head for a split second and they're rolling themselves down the stairs, lol.... Children are extremely accident-prone and clumsy and sometimes there's nothing you can do, despite being overprotective or etc.

tina72us 9

They have to be. There is a mandate that abuse has to be reported so if there is any chance, even the slightest, they must make sure the child isn't being harmed. And they ask the child because of course an abuser is going to lie (duh). Besides OP isn't saying anything about the hospitals' questions, they are afraid of the wrath of mom and dad.

I suspect that tripping down the stairs would have left a few marks on OP as well, and the medical staff would see this

Unfortunate accidents happen all the time, and luckily it wasn't worse than a broken leg. Hope she heals quick!

that makes you a terrible babysitter but not a terrible sister so don't worry, hopefully she'll be fine and may break your leg one day too :)

Do you know that baby-sitters are human beings? And do you know that human beings aren't perfect? Sometimes they make mistakes

tripping while carrying a child doesn't make OP a terrible anything. Accidents happen.

Note to self, if I ever need a babysitter, the first thing I should ask them is if they have ever accidentally tripped.

Luckily it was a broken leg and not much worse for she or you for that matter. The amount of things that could have happened worse then that is astronomical.. I am so happy it was a broken leg and a baby will heal quicker then an older person would. Your parents love you and thouhh they may be a little hesitant at first they will. Five you their trust back. Don't be too worried op. Just breath and remember to show. Her how much you love her.. I accidentally broke my sister's elbow playing on a trampoline. I felt horrid. But little kids bounce back quite easily!

But what if OP wants six trust? Or even more? Five trust just wouldn't be good enough.

On the plus side, it's bound to be the last time you have to babysit

Accidents happen, and it was lucky she only ended up with a broken leg after a fall down the stairs. Assuming your parents are reasonable people, you'll be allowed to babysit again because it isn't as if you threw a party and someone rolled her down the steps or something.

I can't help but laugh at the party scenario. Great comment ^^




Let's all calm down, there's no reason to yell at each other.

Your sister is going to use this against you for the rest of your life hahaha

"Hey, can you give me a ride to the mall?" "Nope." "...hey, so...remember when I was a baby and you broke my leg?"

PePziNL 20
LittleLittlered7 6

I feel bad for you, anyone could have a clumsy moment at a bad time. I hope they give you another chance.

Things happen OP. I understand that that's not totally an excuse, but it's not like you weren't tending to her and then she got hurt. You had her in your arms, the trip was out of your control. I hope your parents were understanding about it. Though she's their baby, you're their daughter too, so they shouldn't be up in arms. Hopefully you can all laugh about it when she's older! Glad she'll be okay.