Friday, April 12, 2013

Lucy's 2nd Trip to the ER!

Last night, Lucy was sitting on the floor after her bath and Justin pulled her up by her hands into a standing position. She immediately started screaming bloody murder. At first, we thought she was just being a whiner, but as the night went on and the crying didn't let up, we realized there was probably really something wrong. She kept saying her elbow hurt, and refused to bend or move it.

We put her to bed with an ice pack and a dose of Tylenol, hoping she'd feel better in the morning. No such luck. She cried all night. I ended up laying on the floor of her room in the middle of the night for a while. At one point, she wanted me to read to her, but it was 2:00 am and I didn't want to turn the lights on and wake her up more than necessary. So I quoted "Goodnight Moon" from memory. Haha. It seemed to satisfy her!

This morning, I carefully slid her into her carseat, dropped Lena off at Niki's, and took Lucy down to the children's ER.

When I described her injury to the lady at the front desk, she immediately smiled and said, "Nursemaid. She'll be out of here in 2 minutes." Haha. Apparently this is a common injury. After seeing the doctor, she was indeed diagnosed with "nursemaid's elbow." It took one quick twist from the doctor, minimal crying from Lucy, and we were out of there within an hour! The bad news is once a kid gets this kind of injury, they're prone to get them again. The good news is the Doctor showed me how to pop it back into joint should it happen again. *Shudder* Hoping that won't be necessary!

Once again, I'm thankful for our great children's hospital. We got right in, Lucy got to watch Dora while we waited, and left with a slushy! She's totally back to normal, now - using her arm like nothing ever happened. Thank you, Lord!


  1. When Adam was 3 they said that he had dislocated his elbow, and was trying to trust it back in. The next morning our pediatrician looked at the x-rays and said that it was broken. And sure enough it was. And both of the girls have broken their humerus. Same place that he did. Weird huh...
    I'm really glad that Lucy didn't break it!

  2. Thank goodness it was a simple fix! That is super common. I hope it doesn't happen again!


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