Monday, March 17, 2008

Beautiful Broken Elbow

This is not how a six year old's elbow is supposed to look:



On this past Friday, the last day of school before a weeklong vacation, I took Bell and Googie off to the cinema to see Horton Hears a Who. In Spanish. We met up with another Mom and about 6 of Bell's school friends. We had fun. After the movie, while waiting for other Mom's to collect kids, we decided to go to the play area. Bells took off her shoes and got busy. Older kids were climbing the fence, climbing on top of the treehouse. I walked over and suggested she NOT follow suit. She walked balance beam style away from the tree and jumped off. Unfortunately, another kid ran in front of her mid-jump and she kung-fued him in the head and fell backwards. Other kid (also mine) fine, although emergency doc detected just starting ear infection. Bells, not so fine. Obviously broken arm. Other Mom got us to hospital pronto. Bells screeched the whole way. On the plus side, she was sedated withing 20 minutes of the fall. And on morphine.



Surgery by 9 pm. Casted. Overnight hospital stay. Home the next day.



It is now Monday. It was a long weekend. Went to Doc today. Xray shows healing already. Plus Doc did a beautiful job in lining up the bones. My fears that she will become timid (those that know her know she climbs, jumps, etc. beyond typical - she has always been extremely active and quite fearless) seem unfounded. We are having difficulty getting her to take it easy. Doc says let her go. Life is back to normal.

On the negative side, I think the shoes are gone forever.

4 comments:

Beth/Mom2TwoVikings said...

Oh no! I did the same thing when I was 13 in gymnastics class but I shattered the "nubby"/funny bone that holds the joint together so mine's now plastic! LOL Got some cool scars from the surgery that nearly always win the "my scar's cooler than your scar" competition.

As to your fear of her being timid, the only thing I couldn't do again was another backhand spring! LOL

I went on to big and better reasons to go to the ER...like at 18 when I tried to re-enact the Mountain Dew commercial where they swinging out over the water on a rope and fall in...

Long story short? Rope too long and on the bottom of the swinging arc I dragged the top of my feet and shins thru about 10 feet of gravel shoreline at high speed and spent the next two months fighting infection from pulling out all the gravel! Timid I was not! *wink*

Prayers for a quick and itch-free healing!

Quirky is a Compliment said...

Poor elbow! One of the best and worst things about kids is their fearlessness. Hopefully this will teach her to look before she leaps, but to still leap.

And this will give her a great story to tell to everyone.

Tara R. said...

Ewww... hope your daughter is doing better. That made me hurt.

skipped over here from cre8Buzz. =)

Regina said...

Oh poor thing!! I can empathize AND sympathize! My son who is now 21 was VERY, VERY active and his first break was a "shattered" elbow at a 4th of July BBQ! One story was he fell out of a tree landing on his arm, the other one was that he was that while riding his bike through the field he hit a hole and flew off landing on that arm.
Either way he had to get 9 metal pins in his arm!!! he mended beautifully and in record time the doctors said! This was around 13/14 years old.
This did not at all slow him down. he went on to break a leg, brake an ankle, bust open the space above an eye requiring 12 stitches, and lastly he split open a vein in his right hand. So other than that he is perfectly normal!!
He is now married with a child and just recently joined the national Guard reserves! When he is around he is still totally active!

So just know that once healed she'll probably be right back at it!!
Happy WW (which is why I originally stopped by, but then I got sidetracked!

 
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