Adjusting to Change With a Broken Arm

Broken Arm. Not Broken Imagination.

Princess broke her arm. Wish I could have a do over on that one, but I can’t. So, for now, we have to change our daily routine to include a bulky cast and a healing bone. This isn’t easy for such an active and “let’s go outside to play” kid, but we are making it work. We are counting our blessings that it wasn’t her writing hand, and that it isn’t quite swimming season in Florida yet. By the time the swim suits come out we will be back to a cast-free kid.

So what has changed? Well, no more bikes, or bike riding to school. No more razor scooters. No more dance class. No more park play and very little tolerance for outside activities. That darn cast gets hot and itchy so fast, even in the relatively temperate and breezy Spring Florida days. But, we have also discovered a lot of other activities that we CAN do.

We love sidewalk chalk, and can quickly fill the entire driveway with beautiful rainbows, flowers and butterflies. We can take family walks and drag the wagon to the lake. We can get out the paints and have an art class pool side. We can have our friends over to play, make cupcakes and play dress-up.

Wii can also dance to our hearts content with our new Wii and “Just Dance Kids”, thank you Oma! We are even learning how to play golf, wakeboard and skydive. Wii are having fun!

We are doing a lot, a lot more than I could have imagined when princess and I first came home with her cast. We are being creative and looking in new places for playtime and playmates. Our cast time has morphed from down time, to a whole new adventure with our creativity as our only barrier.

It’s been a shift, an adjustment, but not a barrier. Only an opportunity to expand our horizons and find new ways to stay active and entertained while we heal.

Disclosure: Wii received our Wii as a gift from the wonderful Oma.

Elizabeth Montgomery James

After living in California for several years, Beth and her husband, Rod, relocated to Florida, to live, work, and play. They have two adorable daughters, and Beth is very involved with her children’s schools as a parent volunteer, Daisy troupe, and other community organizations such as the Junior League. Beth enjoys crafts, yoga and fitness, as well as a nice glass of Chardonnay. Beth is a graphic designer who has worked on national and international ad campaigns for top consumer brands, and now brings her talents to a variety of projects in and around Central Florida. In addition for bringing classic elegance to everything she touches, Beth has a natural talent for making everything pretty, from kids’ birthday parties to her garden.

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