Meredith has had one of her first big trials, experiencing a lot of pain and adjusting to life with a cast. Exactly one week ago today, she fell from the top of some stairs (kids were goofing around) while we were at a friends’ house and broke both bones in her forearm. When I came to the scene the bones were poking weird directions out of her arm (imagine a “w” shape from her wrist to her elbow), although they hadn’t broken through skin thankfully. Believe it or not, it was my first trip to the ER with a child.
We are thankful that she will be okay and the break does not require surgery. She was very brave throughout everything. I was also grateful that our friend could drive us to the hospital and watch Clara while we were in the ER.
While we sat together on the hospital bed, she in my arms, I had a flashback to the last time I held Meredith in a hospital bed. It was a little more than four years ago when she was born. Time sure flies! The one funny thing—when she was under conscious sedation, shortly after her arm was set, she looked at Kevin and said, “Daddy why do you have three eyes?” She was pretty dizzy, I guess.
We still don’t know how long she’ll have the cast on, but likely through the end of July. On doctor’s orders, she can’t take a bath, swim, go to the sprinkle park, go to ballet, climb on play equipment, go down a slide, ride a bike, roller skate, etc. The nurse said: “Lots of books, videos, and computer games!” So, if you think of it, say a prayer for lots of grace for Meredith this summer! Oh, and her mom too!
Meredith picked a purple cast with teddy bears ... We are overwhelmed at all the gifts and cards she has received in the mail. Even her 94 year old Great Great Aunt sent a book in the mail! She's gotten balloons, bears, flowers, some toys, candy, an ice cream gift card, etc. All the things that a nearly-four-year-old would love.
Clara has benefited from Meredith's ordeal, for sure ...
After I took the picture above, she got these balloons and some candy in the mail from her Aunt Megan.