Anyone ever had a child break a bone? Talk about scary!!!
My two year old daughter was chasing my sister-in-law's dog on Monday night. The dog turned around and they collided. She was scared when the dog yelped so she turned to run back to me, tripped and fell. She put her arm down, instinctively, I'm sure, to break the fall. Her hand hit the floor with all her weight behind it and her arm bent backwards(hyperextended) at the elbow. I'll never forget the way that looked or the shocked,pained expression on her little face. I picked her up and tried to comfort her. Something about her cry was very different and she could not lift her arm. I knew something was wrong! We immediately went to the emergency room where they naturally wanted x-rays. Since I am pregnant, I had to leave the room. That was like torture! She was in capable hands with my husband and the doctors but screaming for me. The told us the humerus was broken just above the elbow and splinted it for the night. We were told to see an orthopaedic pediatrician the next day and that they would probably cast it. Luckily, he determined that it was a minor break and only needed a splint. Since she is so young, he thinks in a week to 10 days, it will be fine! Thank God! This is probably the most stressful thing we've faced since her birth!
I am sure that all of you veteran parents will assure me that it has only just begun! But, I hope we get a little break for things to get back to normal first!