Oopsie….or, how to break a leg in one easy step: #parentingfail

So, when we were on Norfolk we visited some friends. Who have a trampoline. Elena had a go and collapsed in a heap on her first jump. We iced it immediately and took her home to keep it elevated.

She seemed okay, but couldn’t put any weight on her leg. Didn’t cry when Hugo rough-housed with her. Was mostly perfectly happy crawling around. Whinged when she felt she was missing out on the fun.

Medical facilities on Norfolk aren’t as good as those at home, so we decided to wait it out and see if it got better.

A week later, with Elena due to go back to child care, she still wasn’t able to walk. We took her to our family GP who suspected a sprain but gave us an x-ray referral in case it was still bad in a few days and we wanted to check it out.

Thankfully we decided to get the x-ray that day because it turns out…Elena has a broken leg! To say we feel terrible is an understatement.

All of the hospital doctors are confused that there was no pain and she has been so happy.

I see a lot of this in our future. Oh my.


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8 Responses to Oopsie….or, how to break a leg in one easy step: #parentingfail

  1. Emgy says:

    What a trooper! Hopefully she heals fast. Its a good thing kids are resilient!

  2. fee says:

    Oh no! Poor you and poor Elena!

    If it makes you feel any better, you’re not the only one – last July my Will (1 week before his 6th birthday) landed weirdly at a trampoline party. I, ever compassionate, refused to believe he was really hurt (he is a bit of a drama queen) and tried to make him walk on it. He’d broken his thigh and was in hospital in traction for 7 weeks; just finished our last rehab physio session this week. So you’re not the only guilty parent!

    I’d strongly recommend Rainbow Scratch Art (there’s a review for it here: http://parent101.com.au/scratch-art-product-review/ – about $10 from Kmart), Duplo, Kinetic Sand and lots of sticker books for mess free, broken leg fun. Lots of love to you all xx

    • Ruth says:

      So sorry to hear about your son 😦 Seven weeks in traction for a six year old must have been torture. I hope he is all healed up and 100% now. It feels terrible to have missed it, doesn’t it?

      I’ll have to get Elena some scratch art. I think she’d love it. Thanks for the tip! 🙂

  3. HannahDavis says:

    Oh no! I hope she gets better fast. I’m glad she’s not too terribly upset about it though!

  4. Bron says:

    I learnt early 2014 that keeping them still didn’t make a difference. Actually, when they feel they can move around it’s because they feel alright. My tip won’t really help – we actually broke it on the trampoline but then entertained on the trampoline. He just couldn’t stay off it. Really doesn’t help. Sorry. There was also a lot of TV. You want the waterproof cast – at least then you can all go and sit in a shallow pool out of the heat. xxx

  5. Bron says:

    P.S. I wouldn’t have taken her to the doc either. F refused to walk and told us he couldn’t – that’s why we went straight away. H just cracked his nose the other day – we took 2 days to perhaps go to the GP just in case it was broken. Still might be but there’s nothing they can do. Oh dear. The life of parents.

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