Thursday, July 5, 2012

Never a Dull Moment

Caution: this post has nothing to do with running and everything to do with cuteness.  You've been warned.

A couple of weekends ago, my mother-in-law, my sister-in-law and my three nieces (ages 2, 4 and 6) came to visit us for a ladies weekend. Randy, in an effort to preserve his sanity, left town for the weekend. We 8 ladies had a great time together.
The little ladies at Graeter's after eating half of their ice cream.  They wore the other half.

Wild ladies at the zoo.
We had a great weekend, that is, until Aleena fell and hurt her arm.  She cried for a long time, she wouldn't move it, she freaked out when I touched it and she sat with ice on it and never wanted to get up to play.  All you parents out there know that a kid must really be hurt if they'll actually sit with ice.

Off to Children's Urgent Care we went.  We had a bunch of x-rays which she screamed through because 1) I had to touch her arm, and 2) she had to move it.

It wasn't cool.

The doc pronounced her "not broken" and said she had Nursemaid's Elbow.  A tendon moved from where it was supposed to be.  He twisted her arm to pop it back in.  I had to hold her down; more screaming.

It wasn't cool.

Doc left us for about 20 minutes then came back to check on her.  Generally, kids with Nursemaid's Elbow are good as new about a half hour after having it fixed.  Aleena still refused to move or use her arm and hand.  I was given instructions to follow up with our pediatrician on Monday (this happened on a Saturday night).
Ready to leave Urgent Care
On Monday, she still wasn't using her arm and was still freaking out when we touched her fingers, hand or any part of her arm.  Our pediatrician sent us to an orthopedic surgeon at Nationwide Children's Hospital. (Wait, isn't that the name of the marathon I'm running in October?  Yes, yes it is.  Hey!  Check that out, this post is now about running.  Amazing how that works.)
Still won't use her arm, but pudding sure does help.
We saw the ortho on Tuesday, got another x-ray of her elbow.  The doc couldn't see any fractures, but he said that if there is a tiny crack, it won't necessarily show up on the x-ray until it starts to heal.  He also said that kids are smarter than adults.  If something hurts, they won't use it.  He has to assume that something is wrong with Aleena's arm since, three days after the trauma, she still won't use it.  He suspects a tiny fracture in her elbow and she was sent home with this snazzy hard splint to wear for 2 weeks. 

After 2 weeks, she will have more x-rays and they will be able to see if the bone has new growth (healing a fracture). If there is no new growth, we'll be sent on our merry way to resume life as normal. If there is new growth, she may get another hard splint.  By the way, the difference between a full cast and a hard splint: the hard splint is made of half of a cast and ace bandage and doesn't require a saw for removal.  The hard splint can not be removed for baths or other water activities, just like a cast.
Once she got that bad boy, she started using her arm again.  She said it felt so much better because she wasn't able to move it.  One week later, she's back to her normal self.  The only things she can't do with the splint are wash her hands and pull up her pants.  It's been really hot outside, so we've been playing inside so Aleena doesn't overheat.  To be continued...


Not to be outdone, Ellie is having a little bit of drama of her own:  her first loose tooth!

She is so excited about it, she's been running around the house yelling "woohoo!" then stopping to wiggle it.  She has made me, Randy and Aleena wiggle it and she even told the dog all about it.
"I really love my loose tooth!"
These little ladies sure are keeping me on my toes.


Have you ever broken a bone?  Have your kids?  I broke my ankle twice and my foot once, all between the ages of 17 and 21, all gymnastics-related.  It sucked, but it's much harder when my kid is hurt.
What's the going rate for a tooth these days?  I used to get a dollar from the Tooth Fairy for my teeth.