Breaks

One more week till son get's his cast off! I started to ease up on the "no running around" rule the Dr. imposed. How still can a 6 year old boy sit for six weeks?

But then a few days ago at the park he fell down and it really shook him up something awful. He kept crying and just couldn't get it together so we had to leave the park. Then today at a birthday party he got whacked with a ball a few times and just fell apart.

I'm a slow study, but it finally dawned on me that he was really worried that he would have to go through all the pain of a broken arm again. He's getting scared every time he feels that he's been injured or hurt.


I printed out a copy of myself with my broken arm at age 4 for him. We talked about how I had never broken anything since. And that it wasn't likely it would happen to him again either. And that the monkey hanging over me was named "Dr. Cast" and I used to kick the crap out of him when I would get mad at my doctors. I hope son can get past the fear, it's so tough to see him stressed out.

8 comments:

PamKittyMorning said...

My daughter broke her arm in 5th grade. Had to have the cast off EVERYWEEK. Was terrified of the saw. Carried on like big baby each. and. every. time. for eight weeks. EIGHT WEEKS. And then babied that arm for ages. My mom broke here arm about 2 months ago and Frankie told her she better not make a scene or I wouldn't take her back to the dr. I'm mean like that.

PamKittyMorning said...

And that smurf makes me wanna cry.

jen duncan said...

Strangely, I, my children, my husband's children, and neither of my husbands ever broke anything. I just had to say tho- that sweet lil Lotta just could NOT look any happier about the situation she's in. Precious. :-)

Lotta said...

Jen - That's encouraging! 10 days in traction before I could go home with a cast. And I had a pin put in my arm. So not fun. My dad still talks about how he just about fainted hearing me when set the arm.

Pam - I know. It makes me bummed too. But I think it's time. Maybe I'll come back to it at a later point. And I'll still do the column!

Maisy said...

It looks like you were such a wriggle-bum they had to tie you down!!

Do they still do that??

I hope your son has a happy uncasting very soon.

Tina Kubala said...

My niece, now four, broke her leg when she was three. She had an entire week in a splint while the swelling went down. She couldn't walk for the whole seven days. If it wasn't for cartoons and NickJr.com, she'd have driven everyone crazy.

Caron said...

I have a similar vintage picture of my time in the hospital for a broken leg. Freak accident in kindergarten left both my legs in traction for 4 weeks. Then an entire summer in a body cast. My poor mother!

I'm still skittish about breaking things. What a lucky boy that you recognize and acknowledge that fear for him.

Megan said...

My 6 yr. old daughter broke her tibia and fibia in January. She is still recovering, although finally walking again. She is very skittish about getting hurt again. I think it's just a hard thing to get over. Hope your son feels better soon.