Being injured during the summer stinks.
When I was at the very end of my 8th grade year, I broke my leg while playing baseball at lunch. I had to go on our class trip to Wild Waves with a cast on up to my thigh. Good times. I also spent that entire summer in a cast, hobbling around on crutches, while everyone else was having fun in the water and sun (well, as much sun as we have in Washington).
And this is why I can completely sympathize with my son. He’s 6 and he is a rough and tumble little boy. He wants to be swimming in our backyard pool or riding his bike around. Instead, he’s been playing Legos and watching movies this summer.
A couple of weeks back, he was rolling around in the backyard (don’t ask me why, he’s 6!). He came in crying that he had hurt himself. I couldn’t find anything major wrong with him and we went about life. After a day or two, I noticed that it was still tender – and he was shying away from using that arm to do things. I took him in to the doctor and sure enough, he had broken his collar bone. I had a sneaking suspicion that’s what it was, since he had broken it once before a few years back.
So, they put him in a sling and told me to keep him from being too active. Ha!
That sling didn’t slow him down at all. He was still wrestling around, jumping off of things, and begging to swim. He kept shifting the sling to the side and using his arm, no matter how many times I told him not to.
We went back in for a check-up 2 weeks later and the doctor didn’t see any signs of it healing. He was moving around too much.
So now I have the difficult task of keeping a 6 year old boy still during the summer. He has been playing a LOT of Legos. Like 6 hours a day at least. I fully expect to enter his room one of these days and find an entire queen-sized bed made out of Legos.
It is so hard not letting him swim. I asked the doctor if he could and she said NO.
Here he is after he dipped his head in the pool….
What a bummer summer.