Kids fall all the time. As soon as they hit the ground, they get right back up as if nothing happened. Princess is no different. Ever since she started walking she falls non-stop. I would never have imagined that she'd seriously get hurt though.
While at work the other day, my hubby told me that Princess fell. But, it wasn't one of her usual falls.
"It was a different cry. I just knew something wasn't right," he said.
He explained that she actually fell on her face with her right arm tucked underneath her body. I gasped at the thought of my baby girl on the floor in pain. My hubby went on to say that she didn't cry for long. But, advised that we should have it checked out. We made an appointment to see the pediatrician, before dropping her off at daycare.
I expected the doctor to say it was a minor sprain and that it would heal on it's own. Instead she said,
"It looks swollen. I'll have to order an x-ray today."
"Today? Is it serious?" I asked.
"We just want to make sure it's not fractured," she replied.
That's when I began to worry.
On our way to the x-ray center I called the daycare. I told Princess's teacher that we were running a bit late, and filled her in on all the details. Ms. Jenn was so sweet! We talked for a while. She seemed really concerned. It was obvious that she cared, which meant a lot. Our conversation put me ease before walking into the office.
That moment of ease was quickly replaced by anguish. I can't say the x-ray went well. Princess cried the entire time, which was surprising. She never cries when getting a shot, but she cried when the technician took pics of her arm. I guess my baby girl was in shock. After the x-rays, we had to wait.
The doc finally called and gave us the bad news. Princess had two fractures in her wrist, and she needed to have a cast put on right away. I called by boss and told her I wouldn't be able to make it in to work.
We had to rush back to the pediatrician's office so that the doc could look at the x-ray. She basically confirmed that Princess's wrist was fractured in two places, gave me the info for the orthopedist, and off we went.
After being stuck in holiday traffic, we finally made it!
Princess got her cast! She wasn't exactly a happy camper.
But, the Christmas tree in the lobby seemed to cheer her up a bit.
Can you imagine if this incident went unnoticed? The doctor said that this happens quite often. Babies bones are extremely soft and can get fractured easily. She said it would have eventually healed on it's own, if left untreated. But, she wanted to put on a cast to protect her arm from further injury. Thank goodness Princess's dad acted on his instincts. Often times these things happen, and we think noting of it.