After the recent experiences Stephen has had on the trampoline I believe he would say the trampoline is 'foe'! The month of March didn't start out to well for Stephen. He and his brothers were playing on the trampoline when the first mishap took place. Stephen and Wesley were jumping and Wesley's head hit Stephen in the mouth! Arthur and I weren't home it was the day were were finishing our taxes. Elizabeth called us to tell us that Stephen had split a tooth, a permanent tooth! I call the dentist and Elizabeth took him right over. They had to secure the tooth and repair in, and we had a follow up appointment 2 weeks later to make sure it was holding properly!
BUT, before the 2 weeks were up Stephen had another trampoline accident! This time Stephen was on the trampoline with James and he fell off! He landed on his elbow, and was in some pain. We checked it over and decided to take him on to the emergency room...seeing it was a 5PM on a Sunday.
Stephen had X-rays done of his elbow and wrist. They looked over the elbow and arm, ask him about his pain level. The doctor said she just didn't see anything on the x-ray showing a break. She felt that there must been muscle tears or damage. I then told her that it must be really badly damaged because Stephen has a very HIGH pain tolerance. And it just seemed odd for him to complain. She agreed that it must be painful, she had the nurse wrap his arm in an ace bandage and put him in a sling. The doctor instructed him to wear the sling for a week. She then said if we felt it wasn't getting better in a week or so to go and see his pediatrician.
~Now for the record in our family we have some 'dramatic' children when it comes to sickness and pain. On the flip side we also have some who could suffer a severed limb and still keep functioning as though nothing was wrong. Stephen would fall into the latter category, he is tough as nails!~
Well, 10 days passed and Stephen was still favoring his arm, but no complaining! He wasn't wearing his wrap or sling anymore. We began to watch him when he was doing school and various task like putting on his shirt, etc. and we noticed how he held his arm in to his side. He would lift his arm with his other arm to move it. We had continually ask him how his arm felt and he would respond "better, but still hurts some". Arthur and I talked about it and decided that something was still very wrong, even though Stephen wasn't complaining of pain. So, Arthur ask Stephen to lift his arm, and he couldn't....Not. At. All. It was time to get a real answer, Arthur took Stephen to the doctor the next day. They sent him straight for an X-Ray and this is what they saw....
A break right below his shoulder!!!!!
BROKEN, wow!!! Poor sweet boy had been walking around with a broken arm, and not complaining!
They don't cast for this break, so he went back in the sling for a few more weeks. He was a great patient and did just what the doctor told him and as of yesterday, he can resume regular activities. He was thrilled about this!
As for the trampoline, it is now GONE! We have had 3 trampolines over the years, and never had an accidents. (And for those who are wondering, no we didn't have a net because it had ripped, and we did have trampoline rules) But with 2 accidents of this nature in less than a week, well, it's not worth taking the chance of someone else getting hurt. Plus, it gave more room to run in the yard ;)