Along with the start of school for Bella and Noah, we also had some MAJOR DRAMA in our house. I posted much on Instagram and FB but nothing about it here. I wanted to a)get through the drama and b)compile all of the photos into one place and properly document it here.
All of that to say ... Luke broke his arm. Mostly, we were surprised that it has taken him an entire 5 years to land in the ER! :) I mean, you all saw the photo of him up in a tree, right?
Yeah, that was crazy! I really wasn't even too scared that day with him climbing because he is a REALLY good climber and doesn't weight too much. Then a friend pointed out that gigantic rock on the ground and I though "oh yeah" and suddenly, I WAS SCARED! :)
Anyway, on Wednesday we headed to Bella's school for the Blessing Ceremony for the new playground! We worked really hard last year at fund-raising and parish/school donations to get this wonderful new playground. It was a BIG WIN for the school and something everyone is really excited about. Here is the final outcome of this awesome playground!
See that little red dot on the tallest slide on the right? That dot is Noah and that spot is the exact spot where Luke fell off of the slide. He then fell to his right onto the tunnel and subsequently onto the ground from there. He took the brunt of it between his shoulder and arm.
I didn't see the accident, I was on the other side of the playground. But I heard the scream ... and it was "that scream." The scream where YOU KNOW there is pain involved and its serious. The parents we saw him recounted the events to me and I assessed the situation, mostly just kept him still and attempted to keep him calm.
It was obvious we'd be going to the ER. I packed him up quickly, got an ice pack from the school nurse, pawned off Noah on my friend Denise and whisked him away as quick as I could carry him.
Something you should think about as a parent is ... "where do I go in case of an emergency?" Although I knew it was likely a bone issue ... I was unsure if there were internal injuries or head trauma. Therefore, the best answer is an ER. But which ER ... a Children's Hospital is likely the best option. Our nearest one is fairly far so I opted for a local ER that I knew accepted our insurance. Had I KNOWN it was only a bone injury I would have opted for an Ortho Specialty place. We have an awesome one here and I now wished I'd gone there first ... BUT, it was best that he was fully examined and all things ruled out.
In the end ... HOURS later. WAY LONGER than I ever anticipated. We learned he'd broken his arm. We left with a splint and instructions to get a cast. In the end, I did go to that Ortho specialist I had considered in the first place! He got re-evaluated and properly casted two days later! WHEW!
Here is the series of events as they unfolded ...
He's been pretty good about the whole ordeal. It's pretty hard for a kid with sensory issues to have a cast -- its hot and itches (already!) and is just different for him. It's his right arm so he's had to adjust everything he does ... but luckily, he's really resilient and quite a good problem solver. We really only "babied" him the first day and from then on, treat him like normal with normal expectations but advised him to ask for help when he needs it!
He milked it that first day! "Mom, don't you know I broke my arm?!?! I cannot do that!!" (ie. such as pick up toys, pull up his pants, walk, HA!)
I'm thankful it wasn't more serious. And I'm thankful the school is now investigating new slide options for the new playground (Luke was the second to fall from this slide!)