Monday, 15 July 2013

Pimms and getting plastered

One way to snap out of Pimms induced tipsiness is to hear your child scream in pain. I know this, because this weekend I snapped out of Pimms induced tipsiness after hearing my daughter scream in pain.

What happened? In short, Mini accidentally fell over onto Dollop's leg and after 4.5 hours in A&E she has emerged with a plaster cast from her toes to her thigh for her broken leg. My poor baby girl.

This photo is off it straight after plastering...it's only a back slab (the back of her leg and around her foot is plastered), and tomorrow we'll be visiting the fracture clinic to have this removed and a proper fibre glass cast put on instead.

Just a teensy sign that it's broken, it looks like a little chip from this side!
The x-ray from the front showed the break more clearly, which goes right
across the bone, but I didn't get to take a photo. These was a sneaky one!
 
It's horrid. She can't move her leg obviously. She's in pain (although the cast has helped and so does the Calpol). Her cast is so high up she can't even sit on the toilet properly. The cast makes it difficult for her to sit in her car seat or buggy for very long. She's hot. She's already frustrated. She will be in plaster for 4-6 weeks (though probably with cast changes in that time). She is supposed to be at her nursery induction session this week, but we're not sure if she'll make it. We are supposed to see our post adoption social worker tomorrow, but can't because we'll be in the fracture clinic. We had plans for the Summer holidays that will have to be shelved.

Despite this, I'm linking up to #MemoryBox at The Adoption Social because Mini has shown empathy and care for Dollop. He worried about her whilst he waited at home with Daddy for news from me at the hospital. He's shown guilt and shame too. But he has handled these emotions and feelings remarkably well. Accidents happen, and I think we've gotten that through to him, and the initial blame that he heaped on himself seems to have dissipated.
I'm also linking up because I normally panic when things like this happen. I usually let the NC take over and do the hospital trips, whilst I wait at home with the uninjured one, and stress until I hear from him. But this time, I did it. I sat there in that hospital with her, I dried her tears, I read her stories, I cuddled her to sleep, and I stroked her hair & held her hand whilst she was examined. I was even OK (well, as much as you can be) when the lady near us starting throwing up, and when a nurse took blood from someone next to us (I have a needle phobia)! So this is a 'yay me' moment too.

But now reader, I need you! If you have any ideas on how to keep an immobile 3 year old occupied for a few weeks til she gets the hang of walking on her cast, then please send them this way (I've already stocked up on colouring books and sticker books. Playdough, lego and baking are all on my to-do list).

**EDIT** It has been brought to my attention that some people think it's disgusting that I would own up to drinking whilst Dollop broke her leg, because if this incident happened in another family the children would be removed. I want to clearly state that although I'd had a couple of weak Pimms (that's under the legal drink/drive limit), my husband was completely SOBER and this incident would have happened regardless of my slight tipsiness. I was trying to keep the post short, and therefore omitted certain information that might have made us as parents appear reckless. If children DO get removed because of an isolated incident like this then there is something wrong with the system, if I'm unable to admit to having a drink whilst other sober adults are present, there is something wrong too!

9 comments:

  1. Eeek! What a nightmare! But well done for being there for Dollop and Mini :) Does she like books? Maybe set up a special book area with cushions or bean bags where she can sit with books and other things in easy reach? It's so hard to keep an active child occupied when they can't be active :/

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    1. She LOVES books, so I'll be doing that.
      We have a great lap tray that is enormous and has legs that will raise it above her cast, so we can do lots of sticking/dominoes/snap/drawing etc and she's already getting good at bum shuffling so I'm sure we'll be OK.

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  2. Ouch - so sorry to hear this news - really hoping she will mend quick - and sending love and gifts of patience your way too. have you tried those explosion card packs - they are like the old style black card we used to do with wax crayon and then gouge out the picture with scissors, lethally!!! these new ones now come with a magic pen that reveals the multi colours underneath ta da! - or magic painting books - or fuzzy felt - or cotton reel threading - or CBeebies of course - or the mini pets that come in a small pet carrier with their food and a brush - any of this helpful?

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    1. Very helpful thank you - we have fuzzy felt (which I've been informed stick on casts though we've yet to try it), a cotton reel set and magic painting. But I'll look up those colourful pictures :-)

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    2. Tesco might have them. they are Crayola series, I think

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  3. Sometimes these major incidents are what make us stronger and it seems like the case for you all. Well done to Mini for dealing with his emotions so well and also you for being so brave at the hospital. Most of all what a brave little girl you have, sending lots of hugs. Have you tried her with those Hama beads, My youngest enjoys those. xx

    Thanks for sharing on #Memorybox.

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    1. Thank you. We've got a bit Hama bead set that's not been opened yet, so that's something I'll have to grab out for her. xx

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  4. Super-Mummy for braving the hospital and keeping calm (I'm the same, I really hate needles, hospitals, puking etc). As Sarah says, it sounds like the incident has brought your family closer - and been a growing opportunity for everyone. A great #MemoryBox moment that will become part of your family story.

    We have a tray for Squiblet that we put "messy play" bits in like jelly and cooked spaghetti plus other feely bits like pom-poms or little plastic animals. Would she be interested in a "project" like making a dolls house (carboard box?) and decorating it?

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    1. Thanks Laura. Doll house project sounds like a great idea - thanks!

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