Broken Arm Act 2: Here we go again

A Second Broken Arm – The Roller Coaster that is Life with Kids.

“Seriously, you broke your arm again?” my mommy friend exclaimed upon seeing Princess at school pickup the other day! Yes, seriously; she did it again. Yes, she broke the same arm. Yes, she broke it in the same place. Yes, we endured the same surgery. Yes, seriously.

Princess is a “Tiger”. She doesn’t ever sit down or still, not even to eat. She bounces from place to place. My goodness she does move quickly, hence the broken arm again. What was she doing this time you may ask? Well, simply dismounting a swivel chair. Seemingly simple act. We all get out of our chairs every day without a visit to the ER, but Princess, well she has a style of her own. She bounces everywhere teetering on one foot half the time, even out of her seat.

So, what’s a Mom to do? Well, pass out cold on the kitchen floor first, which I did by the way, totally freaking out my hubby. My body told me what was happening with my little one hours before the physicians confirmed it. Call it Mother’s intuition, or whatever you like, but I knew deep in my gut the moment she fell the fate of my entire weekend and beyond.

Second, face the music and walk down this path with my little Princess again, but this time with experience and confidence. This part was mostly good. We were more relaxed, confidently questioning the doctors every step of the way. We had done this once and were now seasoned orthopedic parents. We knew pretty much what to expect.

My take away from this experience:
1. Try not to visit the ER on a holiday weekend. Things take way longer.
2. Always, ALWAYS take you children to a Pediatric ER if you can. The regular “catch all” ER is not a place for kids, trust me on this one.
3. If you suspect a broken bone, go directly the the Pediatric ER in your city. The local quick clinic will not be able to do much with a broken bone other than send you directly to the ER anyway, so save the cash and the time. The ER is really the only place to treat a broken bone properly.

Happy parenting. I wish you an injury and cast free week.



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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