Tuesday, July 8, 2008

No More Monkeys.........

Well it is official, we have the first broken bone ever in our family. And the winner is......Payton. Here are some things I have learned about broken arms that I did not know before. For example.... if your arm is broken, your legs don't work either. When Payton is in the house, she must be carried, everywhere. Next, even if you have been potty trained for nearly 2 years, when you break your arm, you cannot go potty in a big-girl potty. Also, even though you are left handed and you broke your right arm, you cannot, I repeat cannot, feed yourself. And...you are only able to drink from sippy cups. It is strange how a broken arm effects your ability to drink. Hmmm....strange. And finally, broken arms require all around you to bow down to the princess!!! If there is anyone out there that would like the opportunity to serve the princess, just let me know.

Saturday, July 5th, was an interesting day for us. We were all just hanging out while Ryan was at work. I was upstairs in my room feeding Maggie a bottle and Payton came up to join me. She was sitting on the end of the bed watching TV and did not realize how close to the edge she was. She started bouncing a little and off she went. Her feet were caught a bit in the foot board so it made her nearly land on her head. Instinct kicked in and she tried to catch herself resulting in a broken elbow.

I knew immediately something was wrong. She screamed like nothing I have ever heard before and she would not stop crying. No matter what I did over the next hour or so did not calm her down. I called Ryan and told him I was heading to the ER because I was certain Payton broke her arm. He just said.."OK." Leave it to Ryan to show a lot of emotion in a situation like this. (Love ya babe!) I knew I would get there ahead of Ryan and could not imagine being there with three kids. I called my friend Bridgette and she was so willing to take Kutter so I could focus more on Payton. I loaded the kids up and drove to Bridgette's house to drop off Kutter. Her husband came out to look at Payton's arm and I noticed Bridgette taking out Maggie. She insisted on keeping her too so I could just deal with Payton. I was hesitant to leave Bridgette with such a load but so grateful that I did not have to worry about my kids, they were being taken care of. It was such a good thing I did not have Maggie because I had to carry Payton into the ER and could not have done that and carry Maggie at the same time.

I was in the waiting room only 5 minutes or so and was taken back to have Payton examined. This hospital was great, they gave her stuffed animals and just took really great care of her. Ryan arrived a few minutes later. They took some x-rays and our fears were realized, Payton's elbow was broken. All the thoughts of my little princess in a cast in the heat of the summer and not able to get wet were so sad. I felt so bad for her. The hospital splinted her arm and we have an appointment tomorrow morning with an orthopedic specialist to get her permanent cast put on. Here is one of the x-rays of her arm..................

You can see on this x-ray the break. It is pretty obvious right above the elbow. Sweet!

8 comments:

Nik said...

Poor Pay Pay! It's amazing how a break on the arm can affect every other part of the body. :) I look forward to seeing her in her cast. I'm sure it will be pink and princessy! Tell Ryan to paint some flowers on it for her. :)

Megan said...

So sad! I am glad that everything is okay now. I would be frantic if that happened while Kelly was at work. Good thing you were able to have some help from Bridgette. On a side note, have you watched The Bachelorette yet? I wanted to call you so badly last night to have a discussion!

Barnes Family said...

Poor Payton! I just hope that she doesn't have to wear the cast for too long.. Madi is very worried about her friend so we'll have to come for a visit.

Cheryl said...

i hope payton is doing better. sounds like she really knows how to milk it though :) you can also call me anytime in an emergency tif. my kids love your kids. also, maybe if katie hunter still has her bedazzler, you can bedazzle payton's cast. that'd be awesome.

Bridgette J said...

I want a bedazzled cast. I'd also follow Payton's lead and stop doing dishes, laundry, cooking. My brother broke his leg when I was about 7. I was so jealous! He was living large & even had control of the TV remote.
Payton, your one tough cookie. Hope the weight of your new cast doesn't cause you to tip over. Eat up skinny girly!

Brooke Jenkins said...

I am loving your blog! It has been a while since I came to read. It is good to get the details on the elbow incident. I think you should make Bridgette a super hero's cap for this one. I know I owe her some gold wristbands, a tiara, and a lasso of truth for her Wonder Woman ensemble.

masonmadness said...

That is so sad. We had our first broken arm in December and we had a baby sitter there when it happened. It is so sad to see them so helpless. And believe me I realized a lot about broken arms during that time as well. Don't worry about the blue cast. It's still cute!

The Carney Family said...

I'm sorry to hear about Payton. What is with broken elbows? Big Freeman and Payton can be twins. Freeman acted the same way to. Tricky Tricky.