This kiddo has some good acting skills. ;) Unfortunately, while Pooh's cast is a fake, Emily's is not. :(
I got one of THOSE phone calls on Tuesday afternoon. You know the ones - "Mrs. Vetne, this is Mr. P. and Emily's had a bad fall and hurt her arm." And your heart just sinks as you wait to hear what the next sentence is going to be. In this case, it was her teacher telling me that she had fallen while on a skating rink (her school offers ice skating off-campus 2x/week) and that he had her in his car and was rushing her back to school to the school nurse and I was to wait for her call. Within just a minute or two, the phone rang again and this time it was the school nurse saying, "Come meet us at the first door NOW and take her straight to the doctor."
Andrew was home sick so I grabbed him and we took off. They called again when we were on our way and I talked to Em. She cried the minute she heard my voice, but the nurse said she had calmed down a lot and seemed much better, so I relaxed a lot and thought that her dramatic skills had probably just been kicked into high gear. When I got there, the nurse had Emily and Elizabeth both at the door waiting for me and the nurse said, "She has point-specific pain" and looked at me without saying anything. I didn't have a clue what that meant or what her look meant, but I got everyone loaded in and we went straight to the pediatrician's office.
After waiting for an hour for x-rays during which Em seemed pretty okay to me and I was really thinking this was more drama than anything, she was called in and as soon as her arm hit that metal plate, the tears began in earnest. They did 7 different x-rays and we went down to the ped's office to wait. Within seconds it seemed, the doctor came flying out saying, "It's broken, here's her x-rays, the orthopedist is waiting for you. Go!" Holy cow, did we fly! We were both in shock! Em was crying really hard, I was feeling absolutely horrible for thinking she was half-faking her pain, and we just couldn't believe it.
Another hour of filling out paperwork and talking to the orthopedist and she had a red cast on. The bad news is that she will have to go through 2 different casts and will have to be re-set in 2 weeks. She was skating backwards and fell back on her wrist, so it was hyper-extended. To correct it properly, they have it in a slightly bent cast - bent towards her inner arm to over-correct it for 2 weeks. Then, we get this cast off, go through more x-rays, and if all is well, go into a second cast that's straight for 4 more weeks.
Turns out the school nurse was trying to warn me that it was probably broken with the weird look she was giving me and the comment about "point-specific pain." I just didn't have a clue.
So, it's been a long two days and even two days later, she's still in a lot of pain, so we started on some stronger pain killers and that seems to be helping this evening. Unfortunately, the sadness can't be fixed with medication. She can't finish ice skating and has to drop out of clarinet, the band, and violin.
And to top it all off, she can't go on a 3-day pioneer camping expedition with her class next week and she's utterly devastated. They've been planning this trip for over a year and she's the only member of the class not going. She's cried all day long and we're all heartbroken with her.