The drop off went great. I came to pick him up at 11:30 and he's crying. Jude doesn't cry often (he throws a fit, says no, no way, etc.) but a real cry that I knew meant he was in pain. He wouldn't move his left arm. We got home. He wouldn't eat. He wouldn't drink. He just has a floppy arm and was still crying. We've been to urgent care dozens of times with this issue.
I'd had it. Jude has other medical issues (more about that also in a future post), but the daily grind of a kid who can't really take care of himself/keep himself safe/gets constantly hurt put me over the edge. I added "dislocated joints" to the continued growing list of symptoms in my Google search for a diagnosis (today's black hole of about an hour of my life).
My cell rang. I almost didn't answer it I was so mad. It was Chris' sister, Brenda. When I told her what was up, she said her kid had this thing called "Nursemaid Elbow" and it ran in the family. She said there was a way to fix it.
Like a good mom, I Googled it. I watched several people (a few of whom were healthcare professionals) showing a technique to fix said problem. They said it couldn't harm them as long as it wasn't broken. So I tried it. Nothing happened. I watched a few more videos for inspiration. I was a little firmer, and pop. The ligament in his elbow realigned. I said, "Better?" and he said, "yes!". I waited a few minutes and he wasn't crying, but he still wasn't using it. Then he whimpered again. I tried the technique and his wrist popped. Complete success! He started using his arm/hand. (Thanks Brenda and Jimmy!)
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