We experienced our first trip to the emergency room with Sam the other day. She had "pulled elbow" otherwise known as "nursemaid's elbow". It's a dislocation of a bone in the elbow, and who knew it could happen so easily! It was something as simple as pulling her from a seated to standing position while holding onto her hands. Something we've done a million times before without thinking, except this time it went wrong. Sam instantly started crying and we couldn't figure out what was wrong with her. Then we noticed that she was doing everything with her right hand while the left was limp and lifeless. So we went into panic mode of course. Feeling like horrible parents, and feeling even worse for our little girl who was obviously in pain, we rushed out the door for the hospital. It would have been so much easier if she could talk! Anyhow, on our way there we sat in the car, in dead silence; with a ton of thoughts running through our heads. I dreaded the sea of people we would find in the waiting room, BUT I never thought I would be happy to find another child with the exact same problem Sam was having. A little boy with a "pulled elbow" just like Sam walked into the hospital just before us. We weren't alone anymore. Another parent was experiencing the exact same heart wrenching moment as we were. We may not be horrible parents after all! Just when you feel like "why is this happening to me" life has a way of kicking you in the butt and telling you it could be much worse. A simple procedure fixed our daughter's arm and for that I am truly grateful. Hospital staff was so attentive to Sam, making this scary experience a lot more comfortable for us. Everyone from the administrative staff to the nurses to the doctors…they were friendly, helpful and had a way of making us feel more relaxed and at ease.
So after all that Samantha is feeling much better! She spent a couple days favouring her right arm over her left, but slowly she recovered and is back to crawling, climbing, lifting, pointing…all the wonderful little things that make my heart melt.