Three things about a broken bone

How to handle an emergency
You may be wanting to faint at the sight of a gash on their leg or a broken bone but try to remain as calm as possible, for their sake. Your brain will already be in panic mode. Trust me, I know. At the sight of my daughters forearm being bent in the middle I was hyperventilating on the inside and couldn’t think of where the nearest urgent care was. I carried her to the car and into the emergency room at the nearby hospital, stayed calm during the x-rays, and comforted her while she begged to go home. I believe that my efforts in maintaining a level head kept the situation from being a lot worse.

Acceptance and coping
It happens. That’s just the way it goes. Accepting what is and adapting is the best option at this point. The outcome from here on out is up to you. The day our daughter had her cast put on was rough, she had to be put under to manipulate the bone back into position and she didn’t come out of the anesthesia happy to go home. She was disoriented, angry having this “thing” on her arm, and had a tantrum on the way to the car, all the way home, and for a while after. Eventually it wore off and my baby girl was just wanting her mommy again. That night I ordered her a special pink arm sling for her to use and encourage her to use her left hand, as she is right handed and broke her right arm. We’ve been trying to keep her independent but helping here and there. Having her adapt has helped her cope too, knowing she just needs to do what she can to help her bones heal.

Encouraging super powers
So now that she’s using her left hand like she used her right hand we decided to encourage her to use both hands even after the cast comes off. Being ambidextrous can really pay off so I told her it was kind of like a super power and if she continues using both hands for writing and such that we would call her Super Maya. She happily agreed.

-Laura

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