Wearing my heart outside my body

11 Sep

One of the joys of teaching is staying immediately involved in my children’s days.  Sometimes the news isn’t good though.  Ruthie’s PE teacher gave me a call to let me know that she’d fallen and gotten hurt.  She seemed fine and was in the classroom with ice on it.  I took a minute to pop down and check on her.  All seemed well.

Greg was picking the kids up from school as I had meetings.  He didn’t think all was well — that was nearly 3 hours later and she was in a lot of pain.  So, he took her to our doctor.  Small towns mean quirks and their x-ray tech wasn’t there that day.  But, there was little to no swelling and no bruising.  Ruth can move her fingers and so we were told to wrap it and ice it and give her Advil. The trouble is that she also can turn her arm over right now.

On Wednesday, Ruth was still in a lot of pain and so Greg took her back to the doctor.  Our fabulous doctor looked at it and ordered the xray.  She seemed to think it was broken.  But, the xray was clean.  Soooooo, we’re on the same advice again. Ace bandage, ice, and Advil.

Luckily, Ruthie is being REALLY good about all this.  Unluckily, she’s in a lot of pain with it all still.  So, I’m pretty stressed.  Turns out that wearing your heart outside your body (and *what* is that reference from???) is painful.

Oh, and our fabulous doctor (who really is fab — that’s not sarcasm!!!) made sure Greg knew that kids are prone to greenstick fractures and sometimes those don’t show up on xrays for a while.  So, if its still hurting in a week, then she needs to go back.  I assured Greg that I would NOT be waiting a week!


11 Responses to “Wearing my heart outside my body”

  1. KGMom 11 September, 2008 at 6:10 am #

    Awww–so sorry Ruthie has been hurt.
    Yes, mom, you are quite right to wear your heart out where all can see.
    Hope it isn’t a greenstick fracture, and the pain subsides soon, and that Ruthie is all fit again.

  2. robin andrea 11 September, 2008 at 6:42 am #

    So sorry to hear about Ruthie. I hope it all works out well, and the pain subsides soon. Keep us posted.

  3. jodyss 11 September, 2008 at 7:03 am #

    Oh no! Please give Ruthie’s arm a kiss for me. I’ll be thinking good, healing thoughts for her booboo.

  4. Trixie 11 September, 2008 at 10:20 am #

    Oh, poor Ruthie! That just stinks. Ask for popsicles, that might make it feel just a teensy bit better.

  5. nicolemisha 11 September, 2008 at 11:12 am #

    So hard! What do you do for a greenstick break?

  6. Lynne at Hasty Brook 11 September, 2008 at 3:44 pm #

    Poor Ruthie, poor mom.

  7. Liza Lee Miller 11 September, 2008 at 5:05 pm #

    Thanks for all the good wishes and love. The good news is that she seems to be in way less pain today. She can move her arm better. Whew! Feeling a slight sense of relief.

  8. Nature Woman 11 September, 2008 at 5:50 pm #

    Oh know, poor Ruth! And poor you!

  9. Miz S 12 September, 2008 at 1:41 am #

    Glad she’s feeling better, poor kid.

    I’ve seen that quote before:

    Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ~Elizabeth Stone

    I have no idea who Eliz.Stone is, but it’s a good quote.

  10. jayne 12 September, 2008 at 2:30 am #

    Poor Ruthie. :c( I do hope it’s not a fracture and that it’s feeling some better today.

  11. Wende 13 September, 2008 at 5:39 pm #

    Ouch!! poor kid. Poor you. It’s hard to see them in pain, eh?

    Any news??

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