Sweet little Ree broke two bones in her left arm yesterday and we spent the afternoon and evening at the hospital.
She jumped for those trapeze-ring monkey bars at Gilroy Gardens, missed, and came down on her arm, completely snapping her radius and ulna bones near the wrist. It was so horrible!!!!! Oh my gosh, I have never seen an arm zigzag-bent like that. Ugh. She was screaming from the pain. I grabbed her and a cousin's stroller, headed directly for the car, and called TubaDad on the way (he was strapped into the rollercoaster with two of the 12 Texas relatives who are visiting this week and told me he would run to meet us the instant the coaster stopped). We drove to the nearest hospital and checked into the ER. (It's Saint Louise, in case anyone is at Gilroy Gardens and needs medical attention, and they were incredibly wonderful with both girls.)
Ree had xrays, got two hideously painful shots of morphine in her thighs, and then they called in an orthopedic surgeon and put her completely out for the resetting and casting (they said it would be excrutiating if she was awake). I was outwardly calm until the moment she went under and they wisked me out of the room. I took one step into the hallway and started sobbing. They must see that all the time, because the nurse gave me a massive hug, took me immediately to a chair, and brought me a cold washcloth, a box of kleenex, a diet coke, and a handful of chocolates. Then she said to take as long as I needed to pull it together to be strong for Ro who was waiting outside with TubaDad and sat and talked to me until I pulled my crap together.
Ree now has a neon pink cast from her fingers to her upper arm and last night was still in so much pain that she woke up every hour-and-a-half to two hours crying. It was a rough, rough night.
PS: Ro is being so sweet and helpful to her sister. She was really hungry in the ER waiting room that night so I tried to give her some food and she said "No, if Ree can't eat then I'm not eating -- I'll wait for her." My heart!
PSPS: TubaDad took one pic with his iPhone if anyone wants to see Ree’s arm before it was set (I know my family members wanted to see it). Don’t click it if you don’t want to see a horrible break. Seriously.