Monday, November 26, 2012

Sofia's First ER Trip

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We had our very first trip to the emergency room tonight.
Sofia had what they call "Nursemaid's Elbow," which is really a fancy name for a dislocated elbow. It has its very own name because it is SO darn common in Peds. From the sounds of it, toddler's come in with them all the time because their young joints are so loose and they are often lifted/swung by their arms causing a dislocation.

The funny part is that Wes has been home for over a week now and had to leave for work in Fresno this afternoon, so I guess the good Lord is testing my Mommy strength! I did manage to "speed walk" our 30 lb toddler and a diaper bag full of ER supplies (food, water, toys, diapers, blanket etc.) from the parking garage to the ER annex without going into labor. I don't think that is what Dr. Cole had in mind when he told me to take it easy, but what is a Mom gonna do? 

Our poor babe was in so much pain, she wouldn't move her arm (it just hung limp at her side) and if you tried to move it she would start screaming and crying in pain. Praise the Lord for the attending physician Dr. Canby, who was not only amazing with a hysterical little toddler, but so cheerful, thorough and fast!
He initially diagnosed it as Nursemaid's Elbow and tried to pop it back into place but it wouldn't quite go so he ordered x-rays to make sure there wasn't a break. Thankfully, Nate and Meg were there so Meg could take Sofia in for her x-ray (since I am 9 months pregnant and very happily avoiding radiation). We got the x-ray's back and fortunately there was no break so the good Doc used a little more force in his second attempt to pop it back in and well clickety-clack it went right in. The amazing thing was, once Sofia calmed down from the pain of having her elbow dislocated and popped back into place, she was instantly better. In fact, she jumped up and said "bye bye, night night." 
That girl wanted outta there! 
Thank you to Nate & Meg and my dear sweet friend Melissa who all dropped what they were doing and showed up at the ER knowing that I was alone and needed support. There are amazing people in this world that don't ask or offer, they just do because they know that you will just say no even though you really need to say yes. I am so grateful for you guys and for your persistence and love. 

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