Thursday, December 17, 2009

1st ER visit

Well, I knew it would happen some day! Rachel apparently fell at home and injured her hand/arm. She falls all the time, so we don't know which was the injury fall. We noticed something was wrong at supper when she refused to hold a fork and tried to eat by putting her face in her food. She wouldn't bear weight on her arm or use her hand and cried when we rotated her wrist. This was especially concerning since she only has one hand!
I was worried enough that I took her to the emergency room. She had x-rays (the 2nd set in 3 days, although on a different hand) on her arm and hand. That was a major ordeal. She was terrified of the x-ray room and screamed and thrashed on the table. The x-ray tech suggested that she would soon "wear out". Yeah, right! I've seen her fight full force for 2 hours! Eventually, I climbed on the table and basically laid on her to hold her down for the x-rays. Then we waited forever while the ER staff dealt with a critical patient. The eventual diagnosis was just a "soft tissue injury". The doctor thought maybe her elbow had been partially dislocated, which would have made her hand painful and weak. In any case, everything is fine now. Whew!

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