When your child gets an injury…

On a particularly rowdy trip to our town’s farmers market two weeks ago, my boys were racing to the cornfield when my younger son fell and landed awkwardly on his outstretched arm. He cried briefly, but honestly, he didn’t seem that much more upset than any other toddler who takes a spill. Regardless, something told me to pack up the boys and head for home. He stopped screaming halfway home, but casually kept saying “This arm hurts, mama! Hurts…” Though there was not a mark on him, and absolutely zero swelling, I decided to risk looking like that crazy mom who brings a totally healthy kid to the ER and take him for an x-ray. Even the ER nurses were sure he was fine, but the doctor we saw, a mother of three young boys, decided to x-ray him anyway. Low and behold…a minor buckle fracture of his right radius!

We were sent on our way with a splint, as the ER didn’t have an orthopedist on their staff to do casts, and told to have a hard cast put on in the morning. We went the first thing in the morning, and my son didn’t even flinch as the orthopedist put on a hard, fiberglass cast. “Poor guy,” I thought, “stuck in a cast for three weeks.” You can imagine my shock when I went into his bedroom the next morning to find him holding his fiberglass cast and waving it over his head, proudly announcing “Got it off, mama! Yaaaay! Good job!” The on-call nurse at the orthopedic doctor’s office simply told us to just keep sticking it back on. Clearly, she had never met a two-year old. Sigh.

We were off to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, and here’s is where I will share a big, important tip about young kids and injuries in Connecticut: always, always, always go to CCMC. The doctors and nurses were amazing, the hospital itself was bright, cheerful, and child-friendly, and everyone there really “gets” kids. They know how to explain things to weary parents, and they know how to stay one step ahead of a two-year old Houdini. We left with an adjustable, removable soft cast and some very strong tape, and things have been great ever since. I should add that the orthopedist we had previously seen was highly regarded, but having someone who specializes in pediatrics to handle a tiny two year old was a huge plus.

So parents, take a minute and plug the address for CCMC (or your local children’s hospital) into your GPS. If you find yourself with a free day, consider a dry run so you’ll be comfortable getting there quickly in case of an emergency. And always, above all, trust your instincts with your children. If something doesn’t seem right, don’t let a fear of looking silly keep you from getting it checked out! Chances are you’ll be happy you did, if for no other reason than peace of mind.

16 thoughts on “When your child gets an injury…

  1. Hi, I work for the Foundation at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and have to tell you that your story touched a great many people here. I’d love to talk with you about allowing us to share your story further if you are willing. You can reach me at (860) 837-5715.
    Scott Organek 🙂

    1. Hi Scott, thanks for the kind words! It really means a lot to me to hear that. I’d love to talk with you about this. I will try to call tomorrow (Tuesday the 27th) around noon if that sounds good. Thanks!

  2. How great that you got it checked out so quickly! We are also big fans of CCMC. We credit them with saving both our children’s lives. In our world, there is nowhere else to go.

    1. Yes- I had heard from many friends to just go right to CCMC, but needed to see it first-hand to believe it!

  3. Poor Kiddo!! But really, CCMC is wonderful. Jake had minor surgery there last year and they could not have been more kind, caring, and compassionate. I’m so glad he’s already well on the mend, Momma!!

    1. Thanks! 🙂 I can’t imagine going anywhere else now that we’ve been there. Gold stars all around!!

  4. We had the exact same experience with Big: buckle fracture, hard cast, him taking it off the next morning, great experience at CCMC. I can’t say that I “like” CCMC because you’re always there for a bad reason (and most times, the other kids that you see are there for MUCH worse reasons, which always makes me sad) but yeah, if you have to go, go to CCMC.

    1. True, but honestly, if you HAVE to go to an ER, they’re the place to go. And I left feeling so incredibly thankful that I was there for a short visit for a really minor issue. Really makes you appreciate what you have!!

  5. I agree 100%. The staff at CCMC is amazing. I’ve never felt silly for going to the ER there and I’ve always been put at ease. I will add that CCMC is the only place we go for blood draws for our kids. The phlebotomists are trained to work with squirmy kids with little veins.

    1. That is good to know!! We have been to our local ER a few times (Nate used to get terrible bouts of croup when he was a toddler) and have had mixed results. If you get someone who knows how to work with kids it’s great, but if not…yikes. Only CCMC here from now on 🙂

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