3. Or both
4. Restless behavior (can't get comfortable)
5. Complains...like way more than normal
6. Holds the limb funny
7. Wakes in the night from pain
8. Can't or won't hold an object.
9. (for legs) No weight can be put on it. None. I literally could not stand. You don't limp or hop. You just don't get up. That's it. Legs don't work right when broken. (Mine was a minor break.)
So why am I being so informative and possibly coming off as a know-it-all. Well, Kristin is me. She isn't quite the daredevil I was, but that doesn't mean she doesn't do things that are silly, crazy or scary. Saturday was no different. We were watching Emmy's kids while she did a photo shoot. I was inside with the baby, and Kristin was outside with the kids. She was putting the big wheel away and rode it like a scooter. Sounds reasonable right? At least until it slips out from under you and sends you falling backward. Like any normal person, she braced her fall with her hands. The left taking the brunt of it. Yeah, it hurt her bad. It started to swell right away. No bruising, but swelling. We iced it, gave her ibuprorfen and she kept it pretty still. Now was the conundrum do we go to Urgent Care now or in the morning. It was either that or the ER. Don't even get me started about my distaste for any and all ER's. I convince her to wait by offering to wrap her hand in an ace bandage and take her first thing in the morning. I am pretty sure it is broken though.
Next morning we are up and out the door by 830 to get to Urgent Care when it opens. We are seen and taken care of in just about an hour. Yeah, there is a tiny little chip...in the growth line. She needs to see her doctor and get a referral for Ortho. In the meantime, they put her in a plaster splint.
Today we go to the doctor, sit for 45 minutes for the PA to say confirm it is broken and orders a referral for ortho. *Insert eye roll* So now we are waiting for the referral then we have to get an appointment...who knows when this will be. Grrrr. I hate insurance. Although, I am very glad I have it.
To treat an injury (particularly if you suspect it to be a broken bone) ice it for 10-20 minutes every couple of hours for the first 24 hours. No heat. Heat causes swelling. Ibuproferen for pain and to reduce swelling. Keep it elevated--above the heart.
My hope is that you don't have to go through this with your kids or yourself. It's not fun for anyone. Now you can all give Kristin some poor baby treatment. I think the hardest part is feeling helpless. Bless her heart.