Leah had a photo shoot this week but not the kind you hope for. She took a tumble on Sunday afternoon, landed hard on her shoulder, and by that night could not lift her arm. More importantly, she couldn't suck her thumb! It was quite pitiful to have her screaming in pain but not be able to soothe herself the way she has been for the 2 years of her life. Apparently the left thumb is NOT the same as that well-loved right thumb.
We are quite blessed to live in a small town and have doctors and friends and medical family members that happily answer our questions on a Sunday evening. Within the course of an hour, 1) our primary dr. referred us to the orthopedic dr. via me texting with his wife, 2) our orthopedic surgeon friend called & talked me through the pros & cons of taking her in the ER vs. waiting until morning, 3) my mom used her hospital pull to find out just how exactly busy the ER was that night, 4) and our wonderful pediatric radiologist Uncle Michael took more than one call from us! Leah did finally go to sleep so we waited until morning.
Leah woke up and was very good natured but still refused to lift her arm. She even attempted to feed herself oatmeal with her left hand (not the ideal breakfast choice by me!). We headed to the doctor and by the time we were at the office she had perked up plenty and had started using her arm some. She was still hesitant to lift it when Dr. Ryan examined her so off to x-ray we went. She was quite tiny looking with the big equipment. She listened and obeyed the whole time and kept saying “I get check-up!”
The big diagnosis…. All clear! No breaks just bruised & sore. Yay! So all that for some peace of mind. She does have quite the bruise coming in so we know her pain was legit. We were hoping this might put a stop to her thumb sucking, and it did for a solid 24 hours. But last night at bedtime she realized she could reach her mouth again much to her delight – she exclaimed in surprise, “I suck my thumb! I suck my thumb! HOORAY! HOORAY!” Yes, hooray.
So our first injury x-ray goes to our little princess Leah. Our money was on Caleb.