Broken and mended

Thursday morning a week ago, I was just finishing chore check when a child comes in the house crying in a way I don’t often hear. I rush to meet the child, expecting to see blood or something but it’s Iris holding her wrist, crying how it hurts! One look and I know it’s broken. I call out to Brian, and I guess the others hear something new in my voice as well – everyone comes crowding in to see what is going on. She tells us she fell off the monkey bars and hurt her arm. The next bit is a bit of a blur of stabilizing, grabbing pain meds, her body responding with a little bit of shock, each kid grabbing supplies as I give direction, Brian calling to figure out where to take her and gathering items for a trip to the ER!

Flora rode along with us to keep Iris company and help her while I drove. The meds had kicked in enough by this time so while she was still hurting, it was bearable.

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Once at the ER we were shown a room fairly quickly. A Dr. examined the wrist and ordered x-rays. Here the technician explains what she is about to do to a somewhat worried patient. Fortunately, x-rays don’t hurt – except for the part where you have to hold your hand a certain way.

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Sure enough, a broken radius.


A good local deadening and the Dr. set the bone with minimal pain for the brave patient. Nurse helped with wrapping and splinting.


Then I read aloud to Iris while she was in traction for about 30 minutes. The local pain block helped so much that she was fairly chipper as we left so we picked up some more tylenol, some lunch and a movie from the library before heading home. She was welcomed by her siblings as a hero and played happily the rest of the afternoon.

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After waiting a week for the swelling to go down, we went to the bone Dr. and got her hard cast. Bless those cast companies that make dressings in different colors – what fun! Iris chose her favorite color. The nurse was super kind and encouraging, but also lay down the law – no trampoline for the next month!


We had to make a special stop on the way home to pick up a paint marker so siblings, cousins and friends could sign her cast. This had been highly anticipated all week.

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Say hello to the new arm for the next month!

3 responses to “Broken and mended”

  1. Carol Cahill

    Iris, I’m so sorry you broke your bone. Joshua broke his wrists over his many young years, 6 times, total. Once, both at the same time from flipping over a scooter. I really became an expert knowing if we should run to the dr or wait until the next morning. I LOVE the purple color. Really, really pretty. Be good so it can heal correctly. Joshua has really strong wrists now. Love you. Aunt Carol

  2. Grammy

    I’m sorry you broke your wrist, but I’m glad they were able to take such good care of it and you were so brave! I also liked signing your cast!

  3. Stacie

    The boys felt very sorry for Iris, especially Hudson since he cracked his arm bone last year. Praise God for Doctors and bodies that heal themselves!

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