I had originally planned to write some recaps of the Leesburg Lightning game we went to and our trip to Ft. Meyers to visit our best friends, but our awesome trip took a turn for the worst the morning we were going to leave. I’ll still post those but I figured everyone would prefer to be updated with this visit.
So on 07/30/17, I was in the guest room at Karla & Anthony’s apartment in Ft. Meyers, deflating the air mattress. I asked Addison to sit on it so that it would deflate faster. Well, Chris was coming in the door, tripped, and landed flat on the mattress. His 190 lbs shot her 25 lb body 6 feet into the air and she landed with a bang. Chris will tell you he laughed at the time but we didn’t realize how hurt she was then. She cried and cried pointing to her arm and wrist saying she had a boo boo. She didn’t scream bloody murder so I originally assumed she was just going to get a bruise but usually kisses heal all her boo boos and kisses weren’t working this time. While we were finishing up breakfast, I kept staring at her arm. It just didn’t look right. Then I saw it. The obvious curvature of where the top of her arm dipped in. Definitely broken.
We headed to the nearest urgent care and thankfully were seen within 15 minutes. The xray guy took Chris and Addison back (only one of us could go back). Chris came back white as a ghost. “The xray tech said that it’s the worst break he’s seen on a child this small! He said she would need surgery to get some pins and plates!” I was furious. Who was he to say that?! Technicians are not qualified to give results! “Just wait for the doctor. Everything will be fine.” I tried to console him but I could tell his mind was going a mile a minute.
The doctor brought us out and showed the images again: midshaft radius and ulna fracture. Definitely really broken. Chris asked about surgery. She shook her head at the thought. “Probably will just need a cast. She is very young so her body is going to heal itself quickly. You will need to see the orthopedic as soon as possible to get an evaluation.” Chris’ face softened but it was still frightened.
So this morning at 8 am sharp, I called the insurance to verify we wouldn’t need a referral, checked the in-network provider list to find the nearest doctor, and set up an appointment. I was lucky enough to get an appointment same day with Dr. Topoleski, the pediatric specialist.
The appointment went great. Addison was her regular happy self. She was talking to the nurse about her Moana toys and when they pulled out the pink casting she whispered to herself, “piiiiiinkkk!” She did so well and didn’t even shed a tear. The nurse and doctor were super friendly and gave her all the stickers! She walked out a happy customer.
Surprisingly, because she is so young, they estimate we will be able to get the cast removed at the end of August which I am relieved because I thought for sure she’d be going into September with her cast.
All is well over here now and thank you to everyone who prayed for her while we were at the doctor’s office. We really appreciate it!