August 19, 2004
Department of Implausible Injuries
It seems to have happened like this. On Monday, Marianne went with her holiday club to a children's indoor soft play area. She was sitting on a piece of soft play equipment, waiting for her turn on a more exciting piece of soft play equipment. She unbalanced and toppled over backwards, falling about two feet onto a padded mat. She landed awkwardly on the back of her hand, so the people running her holiday club sat her down with an ice pack, after which she seemed okay. She complained a bit of pain in the evening, so we gave her Calpol and put her to bed, loving parents that we are.
Yesterday morning, her arm hurt considerably more, so we took her down to the hospital.
She's broken her arm.
It's a tiny, clean fracture just above the elbow; they've put her in a half-cast (ie, full-length, but only going halfway round her arm) and she'll be in it for three weeks or so. She's been very good about it all, and is coping well with the cast (even to the extent of eating her favourite moules mariniere this evening), but is miserable about the fact that she can't swim, either in the pool or the sea, while we're on holiday next week.
Posted by Alison at August 19, 2004 12:13 AM
Very much the same thing happened to a child we knew - short fall in a soft play area, broken arm. She made a rapid full recovery, I hope Marianne does too.
Posted by: Alan Braggins at August 19, 2004 11:10 AM