Remember, each week I post pictures from the non-crafty side of life – - -
My preschooler fractured her elbow. It took hours and hours from our existence!!
First off, she fell off her scooter. On Thursday. When she would whine about it, I just figured she was, well, whinning. But come Friday, when she still wouldn’t use it, I thought there might actually be a real problem. Who knew!
Here’s the fake arm wrapping I gave her when she was whinning – you know, her “my arm still hurts”, me “oh, let’s just wrap it up – that’ll make it all better” – -
So we get it x-rayed at the doctor – inconclusive – - so we go for more xrays at the local hospital. A call late in the day informs us that yep, it’s broke, and that we should head downtown to the Children’s Hospital.
And that is where the life got sucked right out of – and her – - we were there 5 HOURS. Seriously! Over 2 hours in the waiting room – what if this were a real emergency?!?! She kept busy coloring and playing on my tablet, etc, but after a couple of hours the life was sucked out of her too. Here she is early on in the fun:
At least she’s pretty easy – there were people in the waiting room who had been there over 3 hours with kids that looked about 18months old – I can’t image the torture of trying to keep a toddler entertained for that long! There was a TV in the waiting room, but it was playing this awful movie on Nick called Fred the Movie – oh man, it was pure torture.
So finally we were called back and I thought we’d be moving along and headed home – nope – we were in our little room in the ER for another 2 1/2 hours!! At one point I thought that this must be some crazy sociological experiment, to see how long people would wait in a closed room expecting to see a doctor. This is how they break your spirit, make you conform to ER standards. Killing time, taking pictures of ourselves:
At least in the little room we could stretch out on the “bed” and control our own TV channel – - watching TV, for hours:
Finally, the doctor saw her xray and said that the elbow was lined up right so she could get a splint. Yep, the doctor never saw us, just the xray. The nurse put on the splint – it took 5 minutes. Finally, at 11pm, ready to go home:
She was disappointed in the split because she was expecting a pink cast – so the nurse told her she could write and color all over the splint – which she did:
So, she wore that for a little less than a week and then we had an appointment at the Orthopedic Pediatric Office to get a real cast – a regular doctor’s appointment, so I figured we’d be in and out. But these signs were plastered all over the waiting room so I knew my fate was sealed:
More killing time with pictures….
we were there a couple of hours – I guess it could have been worse….
The actual putting the cast on took about 5 minutes. But this time we did see the actual doctor and I really liked her and the staff that put the cast on. The cast is a water-friendly type – pretty cool. And finally, she got her requested “hot pink cast!!”
She only has to have it on a little over 2 weeks. So far it’s been on a day and she hasn’t minded it too much…