Sunday, March 13, 2016

Trampolines are as dangerous as everyone says

 It all started so innocently enough.  A backyard game of Badminton that Emma got for her birthday the day before.  We had driven up to Virginia to do a two week physical therapy session for Emma's Scoliosis to try and prevent her from having spinal fusion surgery.  Staying with Grandma was a good choice since she has a big backyard with a trampoline, a basement full of scary old puppets and a park with a creek right down the road.  Muffet could come with us, and everyone had their own bed.  June 9th, 2015, a fun game of Badminton after dinner, turned to silliness on the trampoline.  And about 20 minutes after this picture was taken, Adeline broke her right arm above the elbow.
 We spent most of the night in urgent care in McLean, only to be told, they couldn't fix this kind of break on a child and that we needed to go to Inova hospital of Fairfax.  After hours of waiting, and X-rays, and waiting in beds and getting medicine, they finally came in to torture Adeline and set her break.  It was a woman named Kat, who actually was doing it, because I told Adeline oh her name is Kat and I bet she'll be so nice and gentle with you.  These were all lies and pipe dreams, it hurt!  The screams are probably still echoing off the hallways of the pediatric ER to this day.
 The days that followed, involved laying in bed with her arm propped up, lots of pain medication and a healthy dose of her cousins and Washington D.C.  Aunt Cathy would drop by with candy and a giant butterfly balloon to cheer up her littlest niece.  The break was clean through the upper humerus bone right above the elbow.  Changing clothes became a challenge and we decided anything that could be pulled up from your feet, instead of over your head, was what we were wearing for the rest of the summer.
 When we got home a week later and went to get our hard cast from Nemours children's hospital.  The sweet lady up there told Adeline that the latest trend all the little girls were going with was the Frozen Elsa cast.  Light blue with sparkle glitter all over the outside.  There was a giant whiteboard in the cast room broken up into boxes.  Each box had the heading of a common way to break your arm or leg, ex: bike, monkey bars, pets.  Adeline was able to add her dash mark for the month of June to the Trampoline box.
The rest of the summer was spent finding creative ways to still go to the beach and pool, without getting out cast wet. We cooked pierogis with mom, while the other kids were in the pool.  But, when our good friend from Louisiana came for a weekend, we used a plastic dish glove to cover the cast and just be an 8 year old kid playing with her oldest friend.

Lets hope this will be the only blog post that involves a broken bone until I stop blogging.