Just when we thought life was stressful enough…
I was giving Fiona a shower last night when she slipped and fell. When she got up, the little finger of her right hand was at a funny angle. It clearly hurt a lot.
I shouted for Martin, who called…someone (not sure who) in Dutch while I got her dried and redressed. M took her to the emergency room, where after some waiting, she got an X-ray that confirmed that she had a small break in the inner side of the lowest long bone of the little finger. The doctor adjusted it (which she did not like) and put a plaster cast on it. Martin brought our brave and solemn girl home at about midnight.
Fiona showed a lot of courage and class throughout this incident. She stopped crying very quickly, and started to look for upsides almost immediately. “At least I can wiggle the other hand.” “At least I can wiggle the other fingers on this hand.” “At least Alex can wiggle his fingers.” “At least the stars look lovely tonight.”
Alex, too, did a lot of good. He fetched and carried things to get her out the door (socks, things like that). He was then very comforting and amusing when we were alone in the house, and went to bed very easily when it was time.
Fiona is very tired today – she fell asleep just before we had to go get Alex, and I fully expect she will nap at least once more. But she’s being a good sport about asking for help, and eventually took the prohibition on riding her bike in her stride. (Eventually. After some argument.) She will be going to the hospital again on Tuesday to get the break checked and the cast replaced with something smaller and longer term.
I’m exhausted and pretty stressed about the whole thing (as is Martin), but she is doing well. And that’s what really counts.
4 thoughts on “Them’s the breaks, unfortunately”
Awww, that’s so lovely that she was looking on the good side. They’re both really special kids…but then you guys know that already.
Well done Fiona, not for the break but the brave behaviour!
Your kids ARE great kids, Abi. Then again, what else could they, with those parents of theirs?
I like the mechanical hand she’s holding in that photo.
The emergency room is one of those venues that become more and more familiar to parents as time goes on. It’s a little early, I realize, for you to get sentimental about it, but — it WILL happen eventually. Meanwhile Fiona will heal almost instantly–before you and Martin do.
Love to you all.
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