Hailee has accomplished and grown a lot this summer. In the past few weeks she has mastered (mostly) the art of riding on two wheels.
Hailee had some fear this spring and summer as we tried to get her riding a two wheeled bike. We were confused because Hailee is very athletic and she had been looking forward to learning to ride her bike for months! We discovered she was afraid because her bike was too big for her. When we borrowed a smaller two wheeler from a neighborhood friend, Hailee took off, literally! She required hardly any help and has been eagerly cruising ever since. We will start working our way up to bigger bikes soon.
At least that was the plan until Hailee met her first nemesis: the monkey bars.
Conquering the monkey bars has been an accomplishment for Hailee this last year, and now she crosses them with ease and confidence. In fact, she boasts that she is one of the few kids at school (in first grade) that can do all THREE sets of monkey bars on the playground. Hailee’s middle name could be “monkey” as she climbs on anything and everything she can.
Yesterday, while at the park riding bikes, Hailee wanted to play on the playground for a few minutes before we went home. We had decided to head home prematurely as it began to lightly rain. But the rain was tolerable so we thought we’d let the girls play just a few more minutes.
Well it didn’t cross our minds that rain=slippery monkey bars. And Hailee’s fate was sealed.
Chad and I were talking to our friend when we heard a thunk and then Hailee came running over, screaming her head off and crying. Her arm was hanging limply at her side and she screamed over and over, “I can’t feel my arm!”
When she said that, I thought she might have dislocated her shoulder but quickly ascertained it was fine. We also thought (wrongly) that Hailee was being dramatic. I scooped her up and held her but she continued to cry and talk about how much her arm hurt.
Once in the car she asked to go see the doctor. If you know Hailee, she never wants to see the doctor…ever. This combined with her blood drained face, convinced me to take her to kids care (urgent care for kids).
On our way, Hailee tearfully asked me, “Can you pray for me?” That just melted my heart and of course we said a little prayer all together. She also said she wanted me to accompany her to the doctor because, “Mom calms me.” When she said this my mind flashed to all my historic unsuccessful attempts at calming her in the doctor’s office, but I’m glad she sees me as a source of comfort and someone who can help soothe her!
Once at kids’ urgent care, the on-call doctor checked Hailee’s arm and ordered an x-ray.
It was from the x-ray that we learned that Hailee had indeed, broken her arm…both her ulna and radius, close to where the bones meet her wrist. Luckily the break was small, and I guess technically termed a “fracture.” And luckily it is her left arm so she can still complete school work and (most importantly) play Minecraft.
After some ibuprofen, Hailee felt better and was actually pretty excited at the prospect of wearing a cast. She has a temporary cast right now and we will follow up with an orthopedic doctor next week to see if she needs a hard cast.
Today the novelty and “excitement” of having a broken arm is completely worn off. Hailee has some pain and is strongly opposed to her cast. In her words (tears streaming down her face) “I hate having a broken arm! I hate this cast! And I have to wear it for a really long time! Like four or five days!” Chad and I didn’t correct her and tell her it will likely be at least four or five weeks.
Which is a bummer because that means Hailee will miss all of her soccer season, a big chunk of swim team, and might have to opt out of tumbling this fall (I might have over-scheduled her). I hope, for Hailee’s sake, she gets a hard cast so she can at least enjoy having people draw on and sign her cast, and get some positive attention from peers in the flavor of, “ooh, you’re cool because you broke your arm!”
I feel like we are passing another childhood milestone. Hailee may be the last of her peers to lose any teeth but she is the first to break to a bone! And everyone wants a broken bone story to tell in their lives, right?