Three doctors confirmed my suspicion. Three.
To hear her tell it later, she was playing Monkey. There were several little Monkeys in the tree at the time. She was the only Monkey who tried to do a cool swinging landing to the ground six feet below.
She needs to work a little on her over-rotation issues.
Of course there were six (!) grown-ups, The Husband and I included, within 3 large steps. Because that is ALWAYS how it is when one of my kids are injured. No kidding.
We waited it out overnight. I mean, it was Sunday evening, and this is my fourth kid after all. I'm actually not much of a worrier. I know the drill. The ER would be over run, we would be there all night only to receive instructions to go to an orthopedic surgeon first thing Tuesday. And for that pleasurable experience we would shell out 100 big ones.
If it makes all you grandparents out there feel better, we had our resident Ward doctor check her out and he agreed, wait for Urgent Care in the morning. And so we did.
The doctor at Urgent Care told us Little Missy had dodged a pretty big bullet. Her elbow is broken in two places, and one of the breaks is right near a joint. If the bone had moved at all, she would need surgery. The bone might still move. Can everyone please pray for my Precious? Thanks......
On Tuesday morning, the Orthopedic Surgeon again told us about the speeding bullet 4 had dodged. He said only 5% of these types of breaks don't require surgery. He said this was the first break like this that he had treated that didn't require surgery. He said 4 was a lucky girl. He also said the bone could still move. Please say lots of prayers for little 4.
And just like that, her Summer went from swimming in a different pool every day to a pink cast up to her armpit and a prescription for Lortab.
Oh 4, I am so sorry that I didn't have some sort of premonition that you were going to do that awesome Monkey swing out of that tree and onto your elbow six feet below.
I should have been there....... please forgive me.
Mommy loves you.