Earlier this month Hayden fell on his right arm and bruised it near the elbow. It bruised but wasn’t much to speak of. A few days later he fell off a skateboard onto the same spot. And he did this a third time. Each time he shrugged it off. The third fall was due to playing soccer in the street in the dark.
I have four boys. I don’t scare easily when it comes to bumps or bruises. I even handle blood fairly well. So when he came to me and showed me his arm, I said, “Oh man. That’s rough.” I hope I don’t get in any trouble with social services here, but it wasn’t until another mom down the street said, “Have you seen your son’s arm?!? It’s really swollen!” I went to look at it and I about gagged. Blood had pooled in the area and that made me queasy.
I took him to the ER the next day since it was a Saturday and they did X-rays. They found no fracture (thank the Lord) but since it was located on a growth plate they wanted him to be x-rayed a week later to be sure no hairline fracture was there but undetectable. (Over the course of the week calcium would have built up on the fracture and they would have been able to tell for sure it was broken.) Because he was unsure, the doctor splinted his arm and benched him from soccer.
This was cool for all of four seconds.
He was itching to get back to the soccer fields. He has not been on his skateboard or ripstick since this occurred because he doesn’t want to miss any soccer. He told his coach that he’ll ride again once soccer is over!
His friend happened to have a real broken arm at the time and I caught them out in the back yard playing a “gentle” match… boys…
The follow-up x-ray still showed no fracture and he was released to finish his season. He spent a week unable to do many things and learned the value of his right arm. He also learned how much he hated to miss any practices or games, so he made his own choice to put the skateboard away for a few more weeks.