I told the nurse that I wish there was a manual or some guidelines so that we, as parents, could know when it's a sprain and when it's a break. I always feel like it's a coin flip.
At about 3:00 today, Wendy - in a fast paced game of cops (her little brothers) and robbers (her), escaped capture by taking a flying leap off the icy deck railing onto the hard ground. She did all this while her mother was gesturing madly from inside and trying to get the iced shut window open (for hollering stop purposes) to no avail.
After laying on the ground in pain for a bit, she did stand up and walk into the house - but also said her foot hurt. I told her to just rest it for awhile and we'll see how it goes. Then the husband and I went out and showed our camper to an interested cousin, because her foot really didn't seem so bad.
When we got home - we were no closer to figuring out if it was a sprain or a break or what. It was swollen, and it was painful - but on a scale of 1 - 10 she was only giving it a 6.
I was in a 'better safe than sorry' mood so I brought her in. If you're ever wondering - the urgent care is busy the day after Christmas because they are closed on Christmas day and therefore have backlog - plus it's icy out so they've been doing lots of x-rays. Just in case you were wondering. It was a long wait for that particular office.
The diagnosis is that she fractured the growth plate on the outside of her foot. The x-ray actually shows that her growth plate separated too far from her foot - and you can see that it matches up with the swell/bump on her foot. She's in a temporary cast right now - can't walk or put any weight on it for one to two weeks, and we have to get her in to see an orthopedic surgeon.
Wendy's our one to get giggly and chatty when she's nervous, so there was a lot of giggling while we waited. It was when we got home that the tears began to fall.
Tomorrow will be about finding her some projects, possibly running to Michaels to get her some crafts, cleaning her room to make it crutches safe (we just happened to have some crutches her size laying around - lucky us) and turning it into a positive. For instance, on the bright side - she doesn't have to worry about trying to go to the bathroom at school this week.
Tonight - is about getting some rest.