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Some Breaks Are Never Fun

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Even though I am already counting down to summer vacation, there is one break I could live without. The kind that involve x-rays and emergency rooms. Last Friday, my son fell while playing at a neighbour's and broke his collarbone. Luckily, the pain pretty much subsided after that first night. He is more heartbroken that he can't participate in sports and that he will have to wear a sling all day long for the next six weeks. I have a follow-up appointment at the fracture clinic later this week for a checkup. 

Have any of you had the misfortune of breaking your collarbone? Or do you have children who have broken it? I am still confused as to what his limitations are. The paediatrician, who was impossible to get a hold of, simply recommended no contact sports for the next six to eight weeks. Does that mean I should let him play outside during recess? I know he will be careful but what about the hundreds of kids playing basketball or soccer throughout the playground? My fear is that it will take just one person running into him, causing him to fall, for him to injure his collarbone before it even has a chance to fully heal. What do you think? I would really appreciate your suggestions. 

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  1. The poor little guy. It's so cute that he's smiling in this photo with that big boo boo. What a trooper. I've been lucky, so far, that neither of my boys have broken anything yet.

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    1. I know. He's so irresistibly cute! And definitely a trooper.

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  2. Awwww poor guy, hope he is not in to much pain, sorry I have no answers for you, but I would be concerned and worried also!

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    1. One of the never-ending job of a mother - worry. Thankfully, he hasn't been in any real pain since that first night.

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  3. I have no experience with broken collarbones - sorry I can't help - but I do wish your son a speedy recovery.
    Get well soon, little fella!
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    1. Thanks! He's feeling quite well considering. Hopefully that means a quick recovery.

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  4. Oh dearie my! *healing sparkles for your son*

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  5. I am really sorry to see him like this.Wish he will recover soon!
    Hope he doesn't feel much pain now,only the discomfort...

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  6. Oh I feel so bad for him, but he's clearly a trooper. You should definitely chat with Shash about her recent experience.

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  7. Sorry to hear about the fracture, hope the recovery is speedy! Wish I had wise words of wisdom to help out...hang in there!

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  8. Oh dear! Hope it recovers fully soon. No experience but I reckon no sports or play outdoors during the whole period. Don't want to add extra strain to it and like you mentioned, other kids might not be as careful!

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  9. We made lots of trips to the er with my kids, but they never broke a bone as a child. Hopefully your sweet boy will heal up quickly.

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  10. Ugg! That doesn't sound fun at all! I hated breaking mine when I was 4! I'm glad he's in a sling. Hopefully he heals as quick as they say he's supposed to.

    My youngest had to go to the emergency room on his break to, but not for a broken bone. He has Croup. We thought he had an asthma attack, but it was a Croup attack.

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  11. Poor handsome little thing!! But look at that smile! Hope he heals quickly!

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  12. I was really lucky with both of mine. So breaks during their childhoods. My daughter had some stiches in her head. My son had have his whole plumbing rearranged after we found a genetic defect when he was 12. Nothing big.

    I hope he heals quickly but he should stay away from playing outside. It is easier to break the second time.

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  13. Poor little guy!

    Good news, collarbone breaks aren't real biggies. My son broke his skateboarding. While I was taking his picture.....

    He kept it in a sling for a week or two. Not 6 weeks. He went back to skating probably before he should have, but nothing more happened. The pain was the only limiting factor and it wasn't much. They heal fairly well on their own.

    Your son should be able to play on the playground some. If there are a lot of rough students, then maybe not. That's a judgement call.

    Oh, my son was 13 at the time so he could make the decision to start skating again.One of my girls broke hers too. Falling off the bed. At 10 years old....

    They do survive! :)

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  14. Aww, poor guy. I'm sorry to hear about his fracture! I hope he heals in lightning speed!

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  15. Poor guy! Such a sweet smile. My grandmother in the States recently broke hers, but she broke 4 ribs too (from an awful fall). She's in recovery (first hospital and then therapy stay). Sorry I don't have any words of wisdom, but I'm sure Google does. ;)

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  16. Aww that's not nice for him but at least it wasn't too painful for long and he can still raise a smile :-)

    Have a tanfastic rest of week and hope he heals quickly

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  17. Aww its so scary when accidents happen to our kids! Get well soon.

    We are always in the a&e but nothing as serious yet.

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  18. Sorry to hear about his accident. I love that he still smiles despite his injury. My boys have never had a break (knock on wood). Hope he is feeling better soon!

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  19. I wondered how he was doing. Kids are tough and has it really slowed him down?
    (Debbie W)

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  20. Poor guy! We've had kid broken feet and arms but never a collar bone. Hope he's comfortable (and being spoiled just a little!).

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  21. Awwwww poor lil man , i so feel bad for him , hope hes feeling better soon hugs to you the little one ! Treen Goodwin Rafflecopter name

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  22. Oh boy!! He definitely looks in good spirits!

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  23. Aww bless :( Hope he makes a speedy recovery...

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  24. How cute is he! Broken with a smile. I'm sure he'll heal nicely. Just drink lots of milk.

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  25. Ouch. Here in New Zealand, they splint the arm like your son. I know that in some countries they operate to pin the bone back in place. We haven't broken a collar bone, but both my girls were competitive snow sports athletes, so they have lots of friends who have. The kids that don't rest it often end up with a bone that heels crooked, or overlapped, although it doesn't seem to give them any trouble just looks different.

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  26. Poor guy, no advice but I hope it heals quick. (Judy Cowan)

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  27. Oh that sucks! I don't have any personal experience with this kind of break. I hope it heals fast.

    Momfever

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  29. Poor little man I hope he isn't in too much pain! Thank you for hosting this WW Linky Party! I hope you are having a lovely morning and that you have a FABULOUS week! If you get a chance we'd love for you to link-up with us over at Party Under the Big Top the #BigTopBlogParty as well!

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  30. I hope he's feeling better. My boys are always jumping off of things and I worry that one day they will break something.

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  31. Oh dear! I sure hope he's doing much better now. It's always hard to know what their limitations are.

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