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Worst day ever...she fractured her elbow. UPDATED

Posted by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 6:54 PM
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UPDATE:

DD had her cast removed today. And the fracture has healed. Soooo...no more cast. BUT! It was literally HELL the whole time. DD was SO scared. She's been through so much ever since she was born. She actually just had surgery about 2 weeks ago to remove the chalazion from her left eye. And that...didnt go so well. But I've been warming DD up to getting her cast removed for 2 weeks now. SHowing her videos of little kids her age getting their cast removed. And she was good with it. Until today. I just wanted to cry. I hated every minute of it. They way she looked at me with those horrified eyes. It still makes me cry now. I had to hold her down so they could take it off. And I'm sorry...but the guy who was taking her cast off was a TOTAL DOUCHE! I mean...WTF do they expect. She's 3yrs old....she's scared. She cried and screamed the whole time. She kept telling me...Pweas momma take me home. Pweas Pweas. Ugh, broke my heart. And then to top it all off...they had to do more x-rays on her. THAT...did NOT go well at all. But at least the techs were nice and understood she was just a little girl. And her daddy got there right on time. We got the x-rays done and as we were sitting there waiting for the DR the same DOUCHE BAG kept passing our room....and DD would scream cause he was a mean A-HOLE. DD started crying and screaming and he looked at her and said "WHAT?? I'm not doing anything to you,  GEE! Calm down". I almost blew a fuse. I really REALLY almost did. I got hot...i got red and i started to shake...i wanted to go punch his puny little face in. Who in this effing world fights with a child that is scared? I mean really! But, I kept my cool for DD cause she was what was important. And I didnt want to upset her.

Anyway, DD is doing great now that she's home. She is still holding her arm like she had it in the cast but seems to be letting it down little by little. Just glad this day and this situation is over with. Thanks all the ladies who offered support and advice.

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I had the worst day today. DD fractured her elbow this morning. DD and DS were playing and DS pushed DD off of the toy box and...she landed right on her elbow. It swelled sooo fast. I called DF to hurry home so I could take her to the Peds Urgent Care. It was the worst experience ever. DD has been through SO much in her life so far. (she's 3 1/2) The X-ray tech was HORRIBLE. And I do understand that they have to see if its fractured and i understand they do have to manipulate the arm to certain positions to see what they have to see....But what was the hardest was not being able to be there for her while it was happening. I'm pregnant and I couldnt be right there with her. But my mom was there. Checked the x-rays out...and it is definitely a fracture right above her elbow. I was crushed when I heard that. She goes to see the pediatric ortho specialist tomorrow for a cast and the possibility of surgery.

She's fine right now. She has an "orthoglass splint" on. But I dont know how she's gonna sleep tonight. I have her on tylenol and ibuprofen. And I'm horrified about her possibly having surgery on her elbow. She was supposed to have surgery tomorrow on her eye to remove a "chalazion" but I've cancelled it due to what's happened. I feel like her eye is the least of my worries.

Has anyone else been through this with their little one? Any ideas on how to make her comfortable tonight? she's a tummy sleeper. Any one have little ones who have had surgery for broken bones???

by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 6:54 PM
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aelopez
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 7:01 PM

no one have any advice???

MamaSince08
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Poor baby. =( Never been through this. But good luck. Bump, hopefully someone else has advice for you.

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Beth5289
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 7:04 PM

No advice for you, but here is a bump.  I am so sorry mama!  :(

Beth

aelopez
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 7:12 PM

thanks ladies. seems like no one's been through this.

I'm so broken hearted. i feel like a bad parent.

aelopez
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 7:24 PM

bump....

anyone?

aelopez
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 10:44 PM

i cant believe no one has any advice. I'm doing what dr's have told me to do. But i wanted to see if any one had any ideas on how to keep her comfy at night

carlye828
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 11:17 PM

My son fractured his elbow when he was 4.  He was climbing up on the top bunk & the railing gave way.  (OK, I think I submitted this in a "Your worst moment as a mother" post)  But it didn't swell or bruise for several hours & I thought he was overly tired.  He's a tough kid & it was late at night already.  So I put him to bed.  He started screaming after I put him in bed & I, mother of the year, popped his butt.  Not hard, but still.....  Immediately afterwards, I realized that he was really hurt & took him to the emergency room.  And there he was ridiculously manhandled by the idiot ER dr (2am by now) who, refused to believe that it was broken.  He "just didn't see where it could possibly be fractured, just couldn't see", he said.  He grabbed my sons arm, who was finally sleeping on my chest, and started moving it in & out really abruptly.  You know, how you tested your own bones, or your siblings when you were kids.  (Can you move it?  If you can move it, it's not broken.)  My son sat up, screaming, I threatened bodily harm to the dr, & he discharged us within 5 minutes with a referral to a pediatric orthopedic specialist.  We saw him the next day & he sure as heck saw right away where it was fractured!  I cried. 

He didn't need surgery, thank God.  And I'm sure I let him sleep with me for at least a week after that.  I hope your little girl is OK.  I told you all this so you at least know that you've done better than I did already! 

I am not afraid to stick my hand in a toilet, for I am Mom.

aelopez
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 11:32 PM

ow YIKES. i got pissed at the xray tech cause he was hurting her...and she screamed that scream that makes you wanna cry as the parent. Thank you for your story.

We shall see how the appt goes tomorrow

Quoting carlye828:

My son fractured his elbow when he was 4.  He was climbing up on the top bunk & the railing gave way.  (OK, I think I submitted this in a "Your worst moment as a mother" post)  But it didn't swell or bruise for several hours & I thought he was overly tired.  He's a tough kid & it was late at night already.  So I put him to bed.  He started screaming after I put him in bed & I, mother of the year, popped his butt.  Not hard, but still.....  Immediately afterwards, I realized that he was really hurt & took him to the emergency room.  And there he was ridiculously manhandled by the idiot ER dr (2am by now) who, refused to believe that it was broken.  He "just didn't see where it could possibly be fractured, just couldn't see", he said.  He grabbed my sons arm, who was finally sleeping on my chest, and started moving it in & out really abruptly.  You know, how you tested your own bones, or your siblings when you were kids.  (Can you move it?  If you can move it, it's not broken.)  My son sat up, screaming, I threatened bodily harm to the dr, & he discharged us within 5 minutes with a referral to a pediatric orthopedic specialist.  We saw him the next day & he sure as heck saw right away where it was fractured!  I cried. 

He didn't need surgery, thank God.  And I'm sure I let him sleep with me for at least a week after that.  I hope your little girl is OK.  I told you all this so you at least know that you've done better than I did already! 


gmzana
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 11:40 PM

they reason why they have to position the arm a  certain way is to see the fracture completely and detailed...sometimes when the arm isnt position properly and the fracture is a hairline fracture it could be missed. Dont worry it could have happened to anyone of us, just dont stop giving her pain meds.good luck and hope she gets better soon.

aelopez
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 11:43 PM

oh i totally agree with you about the xray stuff. its just so hard to see it and not be able to be with your child. im glad they got the pics they needed.

Quoting gmzana:

they reason why they have to position the arm a  certain way is to see the fracture completely and detailed...sometimes when the arm isnt position properly and the fracture is a hairline fracture it could be missed. Dont worry it could have happened to anyone of us, just dont stop giving her pain meds.good luck and hope she gets better soon.


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