So A broke her arm. She was trying to get over the baby gate in L's bedroom. She stood on top of it and went to jump off of it. Since it wasn't bolted into the door frame it came off and she fell forward and fell on her arm funny. We took her to the doctor the next morning and, because A couldn't straighten her arm out without being in pain, she referred us for x-rays. The x-rays didn't show a conclusive break, just some swelling, but they wanted her to go to an orthopedist anyway. So we made an appointment for later that night and after they did their own x-rays they decided that she should have a cast. They said that even though you couldn't see the break, it was likely swollen because of a small fracture and with kids you can't always see it on the x-ray. So she got her arm all washed off, wrapped up and of course got a pink cast. They made the follow up appointment for two weeks from the injury, right after the last day of school.
The cast didn't seem to slow her down all that much. She still was up to her regular antics and we were glad that she had the cast because she would have never been able to keep it still and rest it without the cast on. A few days before school was out A had her field day and enjoyed playing games with her classmates.
At first she didn't want anyone to sign her cast because it'd 'mess it up'. Then after a week or so she let her family members sign it and then her friends at church and then her classmates at school. For some of the boys she signed their names for them so it would look good. Of course, she ended up spelling some names wrong. Oops.
What a lucky break! She broke her arm but not too bad. She got to have a cast, but only for two weeks. Long enough to get attention and sympathy but she was able to get it off just when the novelty was wearing off. And she got it off on the last day of school, so she didn't miss any summer water time fun because of having to stay dry. Lucky break A! But in the end I do think the threat of having to spend more time in the cast and just the pain of breaking it in the first place has been enough of a learning lesson for her.
Getting ready to have her cast sawed off.
Her arm was really stiff and she said it felt funny to have it out, but felt so good to itch it. Hopefully we won't have to repeat this for anymore of our kids, but with how active and inquisitive they are I honestly would be pleasantly surprised if we didn't have any more casts in our future.