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Fall off horse

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MamaMaiasaura Sun 28-May-06 22:55:44

My ds 6 returned from weekend with xp. He has fallen off a horse yesterday (wasnt a proper lesson and no protective gear.. grr). Anyway ds has painful arm, no bruising and not obv mis-shapen. He cant lift his arm easily at all, cannot bear weight on it either. There appears to be a little swelling around his pectorial area but nothing else visible. He has had calpol and nurofen. Worried that I may be missing something. Xp reckons ds will be fine and just sprained and was anti dr's, by time ds got home he was extremely tired so went to slepp quite fast too altho he had real problems getting into bed - up a ladder, cant dress easily etc. He is not whiney at all either, quite quiet and subdued tbh. Am I being OTT to want to take him to drs tomorrow and should i just wait and see as his dad very insistent ds ok and nothing broken.

cazzybabs Sun 28-May-06 22:58:36

I would get it xrayed - if it is still painful tomorrow. I used to regulary brake (well tiny hairline fractures) when I used to horseride (Well at least 4 bones all at different times!)

BadHair Sun 28-May-06 23:02:19

Yes, get GP to check out. Or A&E if you can bear the wait. Even if it isn't broken you'll be able to get some stronger painkillers for him.

Miaou Sun 28-May-06 23:07:29

My dd2 was similar when she broke her arm Awen - quiet and subdued, and was able to point to an exact point on her arm where it hurt (midway between wrist and elbow). There was nothing visible and no swelling, but sure enough she had a greenstick fracture and needed a cast for four weeks.

I'm sure xp is just playing it down because he doesn't want to have to take responsibility for the incident .

MamaMaiasaura Sun 28-May-06 23:09:09

I think i will take him to gp, just thought of it being broken and having been already left for a whole day - will be 2 days by tomorrow. But logically he is sleeping soundly and surely if it was broken he would be in lots more pain etc. Can you tell if bones fractured? Only ever fracured my skull - explaimns alot

Katymac Sun 28-May-06 23:11:40

My brother had a green stick fracture

He was dancing on a chair and fell off

My mum took him up to the golf club - where my dad was playing with a DR - who looked at it - said it was fine....maybe get an Xray in the morning and sent him to bed

The next morning at the hospital - they said no damage had been done by not treating it straigh away

MamaMaiasaura Sun 28-May-06 23:13:26

Miaou he is pointing at bicep midway between shoulder and elbow. He texted me first to warn me ds might complain his arm hurts. I dont even know time of day it happened etc. Apparantly he was v upset i couldnt even comfort him and his dad said he was playing on ps2. Ds later told me he cuold cos he lifts his arm up by his thumb and once in position ok. That is how he moves his arm.. feel quite with xp as ds never had proper lessons or anything either.

Miaou Sun 28-May-06 23:14:16

Not necessarily in loads of pain Awen. People often walk around on broken ankles for days without knowing. And if it is a greenstick fracture (ie the bone is bent and cracked slightly rather than snapped in half) then it wouldn't be such agony.

The fact that he can't put any weight on it and is struggling with dressing etc is indicative of a fracture IM(limited)O. Don't wake him though, take him to A&E tomorrow. A GP will only send you there for an x-ray to be on the safe side anyway.

Miaou Sun 28-May-06 23:15:58

cross-posts Awen - deffo needs an x-ray (but tomorrow will do). So sorry you are left with the aftermath though!

MamaMaiasaura Sun 28-May-06 23:26:26

OK, will do that. Bless him, just gone and checked on him. He looks so gorgeaus and snuggly. Hate to think of him in pain, thanks for re-assurance all. xx

Miaou Sun 28-May-06 23:28:33

Let us know how you get on tomorrow hun xx

MamaMaiasaura Sun 28-May-06 23:30:09

Will do (meant to be revising - somehow manage to creep on to here tho). Hopefully x-ray wont be too busy tomorrow either as 6 year olds get bored v quickly..

MamaMaiasaura Sun 28-May-06 23:30:27

sorry, meant to say thanks as well. xxx

MamaMaiasaura Mon 29-May-06 13:52:34

Have taken ds to a&e has fractured arm just below ball joint to shoulder. Has sling and fracture clininc on Friday. Poor ds - although he is bright in himself.

Thank you for all your advice last night. Any idea how long it takes to recover?

Miaou Mon 29-May-06 19:45:03

Aw Awen I'm sorry to hear that. Glad to hear he is bright in himself though. I would guess if it is a proper fracture then he will be in pot for at least six weeks, though they may reassess after four weeks (children's bones heal quicker than adults iirc).

IIWY I would see about getting hold of a waterproof cover for his cast so he can have a bath/shower without fear of splashing it - you can get them from Boots online.

Thanks for the update

LIZS Mon 29-May-06 19:50:36

Your poor ds and at your ex for not doing anythgin about it. My mum broke her upper arm in a ski accident and it was a pita to heal as it is difficult to immobilise. Hopefully it will heal quicker as a child but hers took a good few months.

MamaMaiasaura Mon 29-May-06 22:16:29

They said it is fractured through but in place if that makes sense. The only sort of plaster they would do is one where his arm is at right angle almost to body, as this can cause more problems they have just put it in a sling in A&E and I have to take him to fracture clinic on Friday. They told me to take it off when he is asleep - v worried in case he does more damage in his sleep.

Have had the full story on riding accident now.. grr

Bareback, no reins, no hat (ds never has had riding lessons so not even exp rider), at a trot. xp was off elsewhere doing some work and ds was with some other people (dont know them). HE was led on straw after. Really upset for him as he was in absolute agony. Ds turned around to me and said, well they gave me 60p for it..

For his bravery tho at a&e i took him to toy'r'us (first time he'd been in) and picked a coouple of bits as he now cant ride his bike, go on some of the trips we had planned, play footie, do his swimming lessons.. list goes on.

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