it was the end of class. i would guess no more than 5 minutes till quitting time. hadley and i were watching caroline from the waiting area. i turned to talk to hadley, then looked back at caroline, whose back was now towards me and she was on the ground facing her teacher. i thought they were having a conversation but i was way off. when caroline looked back at me, i could see her face was bright red and covered in tears. i ran to her with my heartbeat racing. she was grasping her ankle in pain and rocking back n forth. we tried to get her to ice it as the waterfall of tears streamed down both cheeks. she would not stand on it and i knew it was broken. believe me when i say her ankle looked all sorts of funky. i carried her to the car (all 60 lbs) and we went right to urgent care. i wish i didn't feel so familiar with broken bones. i wish it was something she had never experienced.
she was a trooper though. two days after her fall we went to see a pediatric ortho who confirmed it was broken. caroline was most upset not at the fact that she would have a cast for three weeks but it meant having a cast over thanksgiving break down in st. simons. what a bummer. she cried tears of a broken heart for the things she would have to miss out on... walks, runs, and bike rides. tradition for us at st. simons.
how cool was her cast though. stripes? yes, please! and the man putting the cast on was the kindest, full of life man. he went on to tell us how his 8 mod old daughter was currently in cancer treatment for wilms cancer. i was amazed at his positive attitude during such a difficult time. put the cast in to perspective for sure.
we still enjoyed our vacation. she even attempted to ride a bike on the driveway. it was short lived.
three weeks later she was cast free. another mark on caroline's timeline of injuries.
as the new year starts, i am still going to catch up on things that happened in the last few months. i don't want to forget some moments, as this blog acts as a memory book for me, the husband, and the kids.
hello, 2015. i hope you are full of fun and good health for both caroline and hadley.