We are not a sports-type family. My kids aren't on teams, we don't do practices, our Saturday mornings are generally lazy and unplanned. We've done a couple of sports clinics at the Y, one session of karate and a little bit of track/cross country. With all that in mind you may find our most recent move a little on the cray-cray side.
THEY LOVE IT!!
|Hannah at mock time trials|
For the first three weeks, while school is still in session, the kids have had daily practice at 5PM. Once school is out practice will start at 8AM, not too early for my crack-of-dawn-lovers. There are six Saturdays where we have to be at the pool early but since neither of my kids are swimming relays we don't have to stay all day. It is kind of cultish but I don't mind joining up. The people are friendly and my kind of crazy so I think we'll fit right in.
|Christopher at mock time trials|
So far it has been a really positive experience. The coaches are wonderful and both of my kids are doing freestyle and backstroke. There are all kinds of stroke clinics throughout the summer and no pressure on them to be perfect or win at all costs. The kids are getting daily exercise and I get to sit in the shade and gab with my friends.
Mock time trials went really well so both kids were looking forward to the real deal on Saturday morning. We woke up early, got ready and headed to the pool. I parked the car while the kids ran up to sign in. As I got out of my car I saw Hannah trip and fall right as she went through the gate. By the time I got to her she was hysterical. Her knees were scraped and I was instantly worried at the way she was cradling her left arm.
Fortunately for us one of the swim team dads is an ER doc. He checked Hannah out and advised us to go and get x-rays.
Have I mentioned that I love having Kaiser? We were in and out of Urgent Care in 60 minutes and everyone was super nice.
|My little joker|
My suspicions were confirmed when the doc told us that her arm was broken. She said it's a buckle fracture (not all the way through the bone) so it should heal in 3-4 weeks. They put a splint on it and set us up for an orthopedic appointment in a couple of days.
|She's OWNING that splint!|
Hannah was a trooper! She didn't cry the entire time we were there and thought the splint was pretty cool. I wish I could say she hasn't cried since we've been home but, alas, my girl is pretty fragile right now. Hopefully a hard cast will feel better than the splint and she won't be too crushed when she has to watch Christopher at swim team for the next couple of weeks.
So, in less than one week we've had a snake bite and a broken arm. Praying that these things don't come in threes!