Note to Self: Breathe

Aug. 13th UPDATE:
The good news is that she's fine, now! Whatever she did to her elbow rectified itself before we could get to the Dr.'s office. (The visit with the pediatrician could be --and may yet be -- a whole post, in itself.) She was still sore last night, and had a restless night, but I let her sleep in late this morning, and when she woke, she appeared to be mostly recovered.

I, on the other hand, feel like I haven't slept in a week. I think I want to stop and get beer tonight. And cigarettes.

Thanks to those who sent prayer, good vibes, and virtual hugs.

I'm worried. The Miss woke up crying this morning. She's favoring her right arm. Considering that she's been demonstrating signs of right-handedness, it's a concern when she will not raise that arm to embrace her doll or favorite stuffy.

She's holding the sippy cup in her left hand, only. When she sits, she drapes her right arm across her lap and occasionally grips the elbow.

Karen and I found a reddened spot on her elbow this morning when we were looking her over. It hurts her when we bend the arm. Mostly, she just wants it to be left alone.

She was fussy at times last night, crying for no apparent reason. In retrospect, it was when she was being jostled around in play. I also remember that she had no interest in handling her own fork last night (it wasn't anything I noticed at the time because, well, she's a toddler). But when you take it all into gestalt, something's up.

Karen's keeping a weather eye on it for me. She'll let me know how it goes. I'm hoping Little Miss only strained something, and that it'll be fine before long.

But in the meantime, I get to worry.


11:25 a.m., MST:
I talked to the babysitter a little while ago. The Miss is still favoring her elbow. At Karen's suggestion, I called the pediatrician, and they want to see The Bean. It seems that little ones can get a type of "nurse's elbow" in which it dislocates and pops back in, or partially dislocates...because she's using the arm, it may not be dislocated at the moment, but they suspect that's what's happening. They want to check her out in-office, and then show me what needs to be done just in case it happens again.
Dislocation? "Happening again"?

I am not reassured. Where are you today, beloved husband? I've been trying to reach you by phone, and I just keep getting your vmail by cell or by your desk phone.
Please call me? I need talking down.

11:40 a.m.
He just called me. I feel better, but now the g*d*m*f* clock is crawling.
Tick, you bitch! TICK!

posted by Linda on August 12, 2004 04:23 PM

Fingers crossed that the wee Bean is ok, and crossed even harder that Mommy is ok. Children are nothing if not resilient. Sounds icky though.

Posted by: Ethne at August 12, 2004 07:25 PM

Yay! Little Miss is better! Woo Hoo!!! Have a smoke for me sisterfriend!

Posted by: Ethne at August 13, 2004 10:01 PM