Just about two years ago Chloe broke her wrist by falling off the couch in our living room. Who knew sitting on the sofa (or wrestling on it) could be so dangerous? Apparently, I didn't blog much about it, just giving it a tiny mention at the end of this post, but here is a picture of her back then:
It was her right wrist, so it made the little artist struggle a bit to draw, but she somehow managed. I don't think she's able to give it up. I remember she even made a very noble effort to use her left hand to draw with, but eventually managed to figure it all out with the splint (it was what is called a "buckle fracture" so they don't cast it, just a splint for about 4 weeks is all).
Well, in the words of the doctor who read her x-rays on Friday, "She's done it again."
I was in the grocery store on Friday afternoon, picking up a few things with my mom (actually, a lot more than just a few things) when the elementary school called me. They weren't really alarmed or worried, it was more of a heads up kind of call, but they told me that Chloe had fallen off the monkey bars at recess and had been to the office twice now to pick up an ice pack for her wrist. I guess she had fallen at an earlier recess, made it through lunch and a lot of classwork with minimal complaint, but she did tell her teacher it hurt which is why she came for the ice packs.
Anyway, I asked which wrist it was, and when they told me it was her right wrist, I had no doubt that she had broken it again. Chloe has quite a high tolerance for pain and if she complains at all about such things, I worry. So, I told the school that I was at the grocery store and that I would hurry and finish up and then come pick her up so I could take her into the Urgent Care.
A half-hour later she was getting the x-rays that confirmed another buckle fracture. And, as far as I can tell from comparing the x-rays from January 2008, it is in the exact same spot, but I'm no expert, either.
She's doing well, and already making sure that she can draw, although it's still painful if she uses her right hand too much. Not to mention the fact that she gets frustrated because her pictures aren't as well-executed as she would prefer them to be.
I just wish she wouldn't break her wrist in the winter time. It isn't easy to get coats and turtlenecks over that splint! So, Chloe, next time (if there must be a next time), please fall off of couches or monkey bars or anything else in the summertime.