Monday, September 21, 2009

I Have been prepared for this for years


Nature Girl, my whirling dervish daredevil child broke her first and second bones today. Three times I told her not to climb the maple wearing a long cape, and three times after I went back inside she climbed back up with the cape still on.

"I was being an elf!" she maintains.

She didn't fall far - only 2-3 metres - but it was enough.

A broken wrist and elbow. She's in the stretchy temporary cast for a week til the swelling goes down. Then the ortho will put her in a regular rigid cast for eight weeks.

We contacted her dance school to see if she can transfer from Acrobatics to musical theatre for the year.

She was quite pitiful until the cast went on, and unfortunately I had to cut the sleeve on her chinese dress to get her out of it (repairs will be made). She's pretty tired in this picture, but she's already planning the doodles on her real cast!

The hospital staff was great. Her nurse said "I'd tell you not to climb that tree again, but I loved climbing trees when I was your age too! Her doctor was great, his daughter is in the same Acrobatics class, and he just built her a tree house 20 feet up in one of their trees.
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14 comments:

Annie said...

ALWAYS listen to Edna Mode: NO CAPES http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M68ndaZSKa8

Get Better Soon! And leave the elving to on the ground time...

red fraggle said...

I was just about to quote this! No capes, lots of trees, all my love!

pointform said...

She asked me if someone's ribs would break if an anvil fell on them. When I assured her that only ever happens in Road Runner cartoons she asked "What about a piano?"

Thou art the bravest elf in all the kingdom!

♥The Erbeseses♥ said...

I came across your blog last night and I love your expressions, your means of sharing a story... your children are delightfully funny from the tales you tell... I hope you don't mind a note from one mother to another... but your blog has become my favorite! =) Sincerely, Livy

♥The Erbeseses♥ said...

OH! *blushing* - please give your little girl my best wishes... I hope she mends quickly and tell her, the pixies party on the ground... just look for where the mushrooms grow. ;)

Oma said...

I love you, Nature Girl. Heal well, keep climbing, but wear jeans when you climb from now on! Sorry about the Chinese dress, but it can be fixed too.

Donna said...

Oh poor thing! I worry about my 6 year old twins as they have been very nature lovin' and climbing trees since very young. They even constructed a tight rope last year from 2 trees- and they walked it with bamboo poles! Yikes! Oh well.. I hope her arm heals quickly. Love your blog

zoom said...

Oh no! That must have hurt. Send me your mailing address and I will send you a little present to help cheer you up.

krista said...

isn't it funny that superheroes so often are associated with capes when it's completely obvious that they are totally inappropriate for maneuvering?
oh, nature girl, heal quickly.
(my man is still nursing a broken elbow and wrist in two places...top of a ladder. boo.)

nicola said...

just linked here from soule mama (posted a reply to your comment there). sweet blog! i love your tales of your kids, although i am sorry the elf went splat. if that was her first break, she's ahead of the game.
nicola
http://whichname.blogspot.com

XUP said...

I've managed to get through life without breaking anything so far, but my daughter has had a few casts/crutches incidents. It's going to be a long 8 weeks for both of you, but the musical theatre should help! And Zoom's gift, of course (Why don't you have your sister's mailing address, Zoom?)

Mud Mama said...

Zoom likes making up streets in our town :-)

zoom said...

It's the email thing. Everything is email now. And the last time I sent something to them by regular mail, I got the street completely wrong. (It still got to them, but it took months.)

I still don't have the address...

Mud Mama said...

She sent a note to your zoomery@gmail acct. I just resent it.