It was a warm summer day and Lily was playing at a friend's house going slip-n-slidin'! She had a great time until she jumped up and landed on the top of her foot. She fell to the ground in pain and couldn't get up to stand on her foot. Party over. So sad.
I figured it must've been a sprain because Lily said that it didn't hurt unless she stood on it. So, we waited and watched her very swollen foot for a few days, packing it with ice, wrapping it with an ace bandage, keeping it in the air, having her hop around and not put any weight on it. I had called the doctor and they said that if she still wouldn't bear weight on it after a week, then to call and get an appointment. Poor Lily. She had her baptism that weekend, and her foot was still quite swollen and unable to bear weight, so Lily literally hopped into the baptismal font. :)
|The date is wrong on the photo. It was actually June 8, 2013.|
At that point I thought that she must've broken something because I thought sprains should be healed in a few days. I got an appointment with the foot doctor, and since he only works 2 days a week in Roosevelt, we had to wait a few more days for Lily to see him. And she did NOT want to see him. She was so anxious about having to go to a doctor and stressing about what he might do to her. She would have no one touch her foot except her, so just the idea that the doctor might have to touch her foot made her cry.
We made it to the appointment and Lily was really nervous about the whole thing. To give her something to look forward to, I decided to make a deal with her. She got to choose a "prize" to go with the possible diagnoses. Then whatever the official diagnosis was, she would get the prize associated with it. She thought carefully and chose carefully: if it was broken, she wanted to watch a movie from netflix; if she needed surgery, she would take pizza, movie, ice cream, and a ride at Mama Lia's pizza; and if it was just a sprain, she wanted to ride the horse at Mama Lia's pizza place. This little game helped her look forward to finding out what was wrong instead of dreading what she felt was a death sentence. But she still was nervous.
Look at her in this next photo. Not happy.
|Her fat foot.|
|Her normal bony foot.|
I learned some things about feet that day.
- Children's foot bones are funny-looking and not as orderly as I thought they should look.
- Children's foot bones don't look like adult foot bones, they haven't yet developed altogether.
- Sprains can take a long time to heal and can be worse both in pain and healing than a broken bone in some instances.
|Lily's foot bones look fine.|
|An adult foot Xray- bones have developed.|
|Lily's foot again.|
|Adult foot again.|
So, off to Mama Lia's we went to ride the horse. My kids really really love that thing. Glad they find joy in that simple machine. And, since we were at Mama Lia's anyway, we ordered some pizza too!