Little sister wins

Leah beat out Molly for the prize of "First kid to the ER" yesterday. She was admitted for a dislocated elbow, also known as nursemaid's elbow.

It happened just after noon yesterday when Molly rolled Leah from her front to back, and Leah's arm got caught underneath her. She let out a cry of pain and it took over an hour to calm her down. By 3:00 PM Chad noticed that Leah was not moving her right arm, so I called the doctor and was told to come in. After the third attempt to reduce her elbow, we thought it was back in place, so Leah was given some Tylenol and we headed home. The pediatrician called at 7:30 PM to check on Leah, and was not satisfied that we had corrected the problem, so she sent us to the ER.

We were swiftly taken back to the pediatric ER and by the time Chad showed up (he had to put Molly to bed and wait on his mom to arrive) the doctor was walking in. X-rays were taken and showed that nothing was broken. So, the doctor attempted the fourth try at reducing Leah's elbow. This time it worked! She was laying in my arms and immediately reached up toward my face. But then it took another 10-15 minutes for her to move it again. It was like she didn't know she could move it (we enticed her with Molly's sunglasses as seen below). We were given the OK to go home and were out in less than 2.5 hours. Leah was in bed by 10:45 PM and the craziness was over.

It was the best ER experience we've ever had (not that you ever want to have that!), and Leah's doing better now. Her arm is not at 100%, but she is moving it more and more as the day progresses. I was reassured by both doctors that this is very common for infants and toddlers, but I sure hope that we don't have to go through that again!


  1. Christen says:

    Oh my goodness. I know that was scary for yall. I am glad she is doing better now.

  2. Melanie says:

    Oh no!! Glad to hear that Leah is doing better and that your ER experience was “good”, though.

  3. Melissa says:

    I am so glad she is doing ok. How scary for you all! Ryan beat Sadie to the ER (twice) and hopefully both are families are done with the ER. The HCGH Ped ER is really incredible though! The first time, we went to the Berlin MD ER at the beach and it was not nearly the good experience we had here. HCGH is impressive.

  4. dani says:

    ER trips are NEVER fun so I’m glad yours was at least one with good service & you were satisfied w/the care. Poor little girll! That happened to a friend of mine’s son all the time for some reason. One time as she was putting his coat on it dislocated and at the ER he told the doc (he was about 3 at the time) “Mommy hurt my arm”!

  5. Gmom says:

    We are so thankful that nothing was broken. Leah is a really brave little gal! And so are her Mom and Dad! I hope the rest of the week is “boring” except for fun you all had at the Mardi Gras party!

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