My daughter is still in her sling and brace after breaking her collar bone (read more about it here and here). She is healing well, but having a very difficult time remaining still and not using her arm. I want her to stay still so she does not re-injure herself. Not too much to ask, right?
Before her injury she had soccer and basketball almost every day of the week. She has an incredible amount of energy and needs it directed somewhere.
Right now, she can move her arm, she’s in no pain… basically, she thinks she is fine.
Now, I see just how much she needs the energy outlet. She can’t sit still. She thinks her collar bone is fine and wants to jump off the diving board, run in the rain (normally, quite fun – but I’m envisioning her slipping and falling), play soccer, swim, and carry small children.
I’m mentioning the “carry small children” part because that is just what happened the other day at a Railhawks soccer game.
Her team was asked to play on the field during halftime. She couldn’t play because of her injury, but she walked with her team to the field and stood on the side to watch.
I look across the field to where she is standing and she is holding a small child. I am trying to picture in my head how she picked up this little person with one arm.
She is literally on the other side of a full soccer field, so I can’t yell at her to put down the kid – she wouldn’t hear me.
When she got back to our seats I asked her if she was holding a little kid with her broken collar bone and she says…
“I wasn’t holding him, he was sitting on my sling.”