After a very busy Spring filled with school activities and more, we had a pretty tough few weeks in May.
A week after Wally's death, Isabelle fell in our living room (tripped on a toy and landed on a Little People house) and broke both bones in her arm (the radius and ulna). This was pretty traumatic for all as Isabelle was in a huge amount of pain but kept trying to talk us out of taking her to the hospital, as she had just seen Wally die in a hospital. :( We rushed her to the new Swedish ER where she did not stop screaming in pain until the moment they put her arm in a splint and immobilized it. Poor thing. :( They were amazing there and even gave her a little pink "baby unicorn" as Isabelle calls her to cheer her up.
Isabelle bravely faced 6+ weeks in a long-arm cast from her hand up to her shoulder on her right arm. We faced a scary period where one of the bones popped out of place inside the cast (due to swelling going down) as the doctors debated if she needed surgery. There is still some small risk she won't have normal motion in her hand but her doctors were optimistic she'll recover well. She continues to wear a removable brace to support her arm when she's active, as the risk of refracture is 3 months.
Amazingly Isabelle began to write, draw, color,
feed herself, etc. with her left hand as well if not better than she'd been doing with her right hand! We wondered if she truly is a lefty- or simply ambidextrous. Time will tell on this one I suppose, but we were sure proud of her bravery and good spirits this summer while she had to miss out on so much typical summer fun (no playgrounds, no bikes, no swimming or beaches).