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My real life is a lot like THS (True Hollywood Story) except there's no fame, fortune, or drug addiction. Instead, I'm happily married, have two children, and a dog who's prone to barfing at 3 am. I love them all, but I also have to run away from them every day. I always run back, though.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Norah's 1st Trip to the ER

Considering the fact that this morning, Jerry walked into the kitchen to find that Norah had pushed a chair up to the counter, used the chair to climb onto the counter and was found standing on the kitchen counter -- she wanted fruit snacks, which are in the cabinet -- it was only a matter of time before our little monkey took a tumble that required a trip to the ER.  Today just happened to be that day.

I had taken her to the park, and she was climbing a piece of playground equipment -- for the record, her scaling this particular part of the playground has always made me nervous and I always "spot" her, but today I failed as a spotter -- she lost her footing and fell off.  It was a fall of about 4 feet, and even though the playground is padded with this soft-ish, rubber-y material, she used her left hand to break her fall and she hurt her wrist.

There was a LOT of crying, and normally, she's a tough cookie and bounces right back, but she just wanted to go home, so I knew she was hurt pretty badly.  We got home, and I gave her some kid Advil, and we applied ice and sat her down in front of a movie.  But she was still very weepy and every time we tried to examine her wrist more closely, she'd cry and say it hurt. 

It was a bit swollen, but I didn't think it was bad; Jerry, meanwhile, looked up info online and he'd not only worried her into an arm full of broken bones, but he'd also WebMD'd himself into cancer, so to be sure, I decided to take her to the ER and make she she hadn't broken anything.  He stayed home to worry about the impending cancer.

Our experience at the ER was actually good.  We got right in, no wait, and saw a dr. right away, and he ordered an x-ray, and again, we got that right away.  A nurse gave Norah a stuffed dog, and everyone was really nice and Norah was very brave and very good.  Turns out: It wasn't broken, but the doctor said it was a "severe sprain" with a lot of swelling around the joint (with kids' chubby little arms, it's hard to gage external swelling, so that's why it hadn't seemed too swollen to me).

Anyway, the dr. prescribed the same of what we'd been doing: Advil, ice, and...an Ace bandage:
In the end, we were home by naptime, so for a 1st ER experience, it was a good one -- in fact, I was surprised by how fast, efficient and friendly they were.  But, poor Norah.  It's not broken, but it's clearly VERY painful for her.  She's been babying it all day, and the slightest bump to it sends her to tears.  So, it's been tough trying to entertain her and keep her busy in ways that don't engage her arm, and it's pretty dang hard to keep an active 2 year old from being active.  Even dressing, or undressing, is an "owie" and cause for additional crying. 

But, the upside was that she got to eat plenty of ice cream and watch more than her usual amount of allowed TV, so she enjoyed those parts of her day.

Hopefully a good night's sleep helps, and in a few days, I'm sure it'll be good as new!

17 comments:

Nobel4Lit said...

Poor baby! Glad nothing was broken, and yay for a pleasant ER experience (as much as one could be I guess).

James said...

I hope she feels better soon. No update on the hubbies cancer though?

Alice said...

Poor little monkey! I hope she feels better soon, and luck for you it happened on the weekend so you could take her to the ER without stressing over work. Our baby is also a weekend sickie boo.

Erin said...

Poor Norah (and family). Which ER did you go to (the one right by your house or Coral Springs)? I know eventually we will be making the trip with one (or both) of the boys. I hope she heals up in time for some Turkey Day festivities.

Carolina John said...

Still that's scary stuff! One time Ella freaked herself out to the point where she stopped breathing and passed out... from sitting in a high chair that she didn't want to be sitting in. We called 911 and the fireman got there right after we got her breathing again. Still really scary.

Wes said...

Poor thing! I'm glad its nothing serious! Those tom-girls! TOUGH COOKIES!

runner26 said...

oh no! i hope norah (and mommy) feels better soon. it sounds like the ER trip went as well as it could.

LeahC said...

"Jerry, meanwhile, looked up info online and he'd not only worried her into an arm full of broken bones, but he'd also WebMD'd himself into cancer"

I just loled out loud loudly at work.

Glad it's not broken and hope she feels better soon!

Heather Forcey said...

Poor little thing! I hope she starts to feel better very soon. As far as ER visits go, at least it was an okay experience. ER's can be the worst. I can totally identify with your husband. I would have diagnosed it as cancer as well! I tend to be a bit dramatic.

Amber said...

Poor Norah. :-(

And lmao re: Jerry. My husband does that too!

Marlene said...

Aw, sorry about your little girl's big tumble. Glad she is okay and that the ER trip wasn't too bad at all.

Krissy said...

Thank god it wasn't broken! I hope Norah is on the up & up from here forward :)

Laura said...

How scary! i'm also a mom of a very active toddler, and know that day is coming... glad she's okay! i just started blogging my running journey, and have really enjoyed following your blog the past few months!

Lee said...

Aww, poor Norah! Glad her wrist wasn't broken.

Firefly's Running said...

Oh my! Poor Norah! I am glad that she's okay.

Agate Lake Girl said...

Poor kiddo! I always worry that I won't be a good "spotter" on some of those climbing things too. They're bound to fall off once in a while. Glad it was only a sprain!

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