We’ve had a recent rash of injuries around here. Abby, dear, bone-weak Abby, broke another bone. For the third time in her life, she’s got a buckle fracture. I’d never even heard of one of those until she came around. About a week ago we went to a local hill to sled. The girls quickly grew tired of the boring sledding because the hill was short and not incredibly steep. Leah, our fearless child, decided she wanted to try snowboarding on her sled. It was a hit. All the girls (and their dad) decided to try it. We had a great time, until Abby took an unfortunate fall, landed on her elbow, and immediately felt the pain. The force of landing on her elbow caused her humerus to compress, creating the “buckle fracture” I mentioned earlier.
Like any good parent, we waited two days to take her to the InstaCare to confirm the injury. They don’t cast the humerus, so she’s in a sling for the next three or four weeks. Lucky girl.
I’ve also experienced two injuries of sorts recently. About a week before going to Brazil, I started experiencing some excruciating pain on the top of my left wrist. It hurt enough that I couldn’t hold a pencil. I went in to the doctor and she was surprised at the inflammation caused by some pretty serious tendinitis. Before you attribute this to my desk job, remember that I am very active in my yard and house. I think I hurt it doing some yard work, but it wasn’t a sudden injury like Abby’s arm(s). I got a splint and wore it for three or four days straight and it hasn’t hurt since. It’s amazing what immobilization will do.
Last week (Tuesday) I played a game of church ball. When I woke up the next morning, I couldn’t breathe deeply. By Friday I couldn’t find a position to sit comfortably (necessary for this desk monkey, right?). In addition, I had a lingering cold and every time I coughed I just about cried. I went in to the InstaCare (they are quickly becoming our primary care physicians) and had them confirm a cracked rib. I’m managing it with a bunch of Ibuprofen and will be fine in a few weeks, I hope!
In a non-injury report, Abby just finished playing in her first volleyball league this fall. She loved it! She has the potential to be fairly tall, so this could be a good sport for her. If only her dad had any skill or even knowledge of technique, she’d be in a good spot. Sadly, we’ve got to rely on others for that.