Wednesday, June 10, 2009

it's officially summer now...

It's tradition now, like opening day for baseball, that one of the kids might need an ER visit to ring in the summer break. Today Rosie "took one for the team" I 'spose you could say. While playing at our neighborhood park, one of the older kids (no one's saying for sure) apparently tackled her on the slide. She screamed in pain for a long time before settling down, and holding her arm completely still. There was no bruising or swelling, but still she refused to move or allow anyone to touch her right arm. We headed home, thinking lollipops might smooth things over, but not so. Fortunately for me (not him) my brother happened by to visit. He was roped in to watching my nine and his one while I took little Rosie to the ER. Turns out no fractures, but "Nursemaids Elbow" (or dislocated elbow) which took only a fraction of a second for the doctor to "pop" back in place. She was "healed" instantly, moving her arm any which way, and laughing when the nurse gave her a Dora sticker. Wow...I asked him to show me that maneuver in case this happened again, but he did not. Bummer. It seemed so simple, for something that was causing her incredible pain. Don't you wish everything had such a simple fix. We were blessed indeed.
On a side note: this was my second trip in to the X-ray dept this week, as Alice (the oldest) apparently sprained her ankle pretty bad, and needed X-rays to rule out a fracture. I'm certain it wasn't her on the slide with Rosie tonight, as she was keeping the park bench warm, resting her ankle. With Emma at her softball game...hmmm. Sam? Exactly where were you when this accident occured? Guess it's best to not know for certain.
Here's hoping for smooth sailing (and an emergency free) rest of the summer!
God Bless!

6 comments:

wife, mother and so much more! said...

I think who ever did the pushing probably feels really bad and learned a huge lesson.

That was a blessing having your brother visit. Thank goodness for family!!!

jamie said...

actually, one of the neighbor kids' name came up...the same name that plowed little John over with a bike two summers' ago...he's pretty much clueless, and probably not even aware anything ever happened. It's unfortunate, but what do you do?

Beth said...

What hospital did you go to? I had a friend that took her daughter to UVMC in Troy and they totally did nothing for her dislocated shoulder...wrapped it with a bandage and told her to wait a couple of days before taking it off! Fortunately, it'd happened once before and they'd gone to Childrens in Dayton who'd fixed it as quickly as you'd described, with the same pain free after effects, so they simply got in the car and continued on to Childrens to have it taken care of! It's scary to take your kids somewhere where they are obviously clueless about LITTLE things, so imagine taking them in for something MAJOR! I decided right then to always go straight to Childrens when it comes to my kids! You obviously found someone who knew what to do, thank goodness!

I hope Alice's ankle feels better soon...it's no fun for little ones to be sidelined during the fun summer months! Is her fever getting any better? Prayers to you and your family for an event-free rest of the summer!

Lisa said...

Jamie this happend to Ansley quite often when she was little. Unfortunately, once it happens it is more likely to happen again. Anyway, after many trips to the ER my pediatrician finally showed me what to do. He said that we could not hurt her by trying. I was glad he showed me when it popped out when we were on vacation. I will have to show you sometime....hopefully you will not need to use it though : )

Ann said...

My daughter had this when she was liitle too and it doesn't take anyone doing anything for it sometimes to pop out. She once reached across the table for ketchup and out it went. I found if I could get her to relax and fall asleep sitting up(like in a car seat) she would staighten the elbow and it would self correct. Weird Huh? Side note - she is now 17 and is very active with no elbow problems.

April H said...

My 11 y.o. daughter had nursemaid's elbow when she was 2 after wrestling with a cousin. She never had it again after that... so maybe you won't either. We also always go to Children's in Dayton. It's only a 35 minute drive, and when she broke her arm falling off the monkey bars we went to Children's ER and a pediatric orthopedic surgeon looked at the xrays and talked to us. It was very reassuring. We've also gone there a few times with the other kids for their urgent care (it's great for after hours/weekend stuff that isn't bad enough for the ER).