Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Broken Arm

Madeline broke her arm Saturday night. David and I were eating with some friends when the babysitter called and told us Madeline was hurt. After talking with Madeline, we think she was "flopping" on the couch and that is how it happened. She did not fall. We spent four hours in the WakeMed Children's ER (Sat night/ early Sun. morning). After finally getting home at 3am, and getting a little bit of sleep, WakeMed called at 9:15 Sunday morning to tell us they failed to do a follow-up x-ray after they splinted her arm. So back off the the ER we went.....this time it took two hours, just for an x-ray!!! Uugggghhh!!!! Not exactly how we planned to spend our weekend.

Madeline was a real trooper and handled everything well. She was in quite a bit of pain, especially when they had to straighten out her arm for the initial x-ray. She has a supracondylar fracture of her humerus. In layman's terms, she broke her upper arm bone, just above the elbow. She was very sleep deprived on Sunday. In this picture, she's taking a break from the sling and elevating her arm.

She started to feel much better as soon as her arm was immobilized, and as soon as some good meds were on board. She's already adapting pretty well to being one-handed. Thank goodness she is right handed, and she will not have to learn to write with her non-dominant hand. I know she's going to miss holding Margo. She is such a little mama to her.

Yesterday morning, she woke up with a fever of 102. So she stayed home from school. She enjoyed the extra attention and snuggling on the couch with Margo while Lydia was at preschool.

She was feeling better this morning, but still has a sore throat. She went to school all dressed up in her Carolina cheerleader outfit. It's Spirit Week and today is Sports day. When I walked her to her classroom, she had the funniest look on her face when her friends saw her with a broken arm. It's almost like she was proud of that sling and couldn't wait to tell them all about it. This is a big deal....especially to a first grader. She'll get her cast next week. Stay tuned....

1 comment:

Grandma said...

Grandma is proud her big girl has been so brave during this traumatic time! That cast really makes her arm look looooooooong!