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20 November 2009 @ 11:27 am
So, that happened...  
Christopher broke his wrist yesterday at school, playing kickball (he stumbled). He's taking it pretty well (though the phrase "buckle fracture" gives me the willies), and it certainly changes our weekend plans, since his soccer game and basketball tryout are no longer possible. (He'll be on the roster to "draft" for a team, but can't practice for another 4-6 weeks).

He's worried about how to get his exercise in now (since he can't run or bike), and afraid he'll get fat doing nothing. The kid takes his "athletic life" very seriously-- he's read one too many Sports Illustrated articles. The grownups are worried about the lack of exercise because Christopher's energy level is so high that he's impossible to live with if he doesn't knock it down a couple of levels. :0 And I know he'll hate losing all of his "conditioning," because he's in great shape.

OTOH (and this occurred to him too)... there's always been this lingering question of whether he's right-handed with a lot of ambidexterity, or whether he really should be left-handed (his atrocious printing makes us wonder, though his cursive is good). This should give him the opportunity to find out for real, since he's still just ten. :0

My cold is holding steady-- worse yesterday, but no change today. Our pending rainstorm will force me to bike in the garage today, which I'm actually looking forward to because I'm low-energy right now.

I'm trying to gear up for Christmas shopping, and pining for the days when I used to do most of my shopping online at "Toys 'R Us." Everyone's too old for that now, and their presents are in the money/gift-card category, which is simpler but much less fun. I've been meaning to look around Etsy again, which I never knew existed before the last Wincon. ciaan had the world's cutest little owl purse from there (I'm hoping someone on my f-list took a picture of it), and laser_radiation had a felt skeleton doll that she should be selling on Etsy! It was adorable! Maybe I'll find something over there for the nieces with pierced ears, or my older sister. The grownups mainly exchange wine and cookies, though my one SIL has done so much for us that I need some real gifts for her, and we give real gifts to my sister-without-children.

For my Dad, I'm going to introduce him to The Eyre Affair, which is the first of Jasper Fforde's "Thursday Next" novels. They're witty and zany, and they might be fun for him. Or a total miss, but it's worth the gamble.

How are all of you that celebrate Christmas preparing? Aside from pamalax, who's doing the early-fake-Christmas thing for a European friend that visits?

ETA: Penguin nativity set! There are no words. :D
ETA2: The phrase Boutique-quality burpcloth is an oxymoron if I've ever heard one. :0

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Mara: Dudemara_snh on November 20th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
Poor kid! Ouch!

When I broke my wrist last summer, I had to rely almost exclusively on my stationary bike for exercise. I could keep my arm still in a secure sling while I burned calories and kept at least the bottom half of myself muscular. After about 2 weeks, I was able to add a few more things, like using a free weight with the unbroken arm while peddling. If Christopher has access to something like that, it might help him feel less "down and out."



Edited at 2009-11-20 08:06 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 20th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
We DO have a "trackstand" (where you back your regular bike into a contraption and tighten some clamps down over the wheel hub. It works just like stationary bike (that's what I'll be using in the garage today).

Thanks for the great suggestion! It's good to hear from someone who's been there.

Out on the bike path last week, I saw someone bicycling with a "boot" cast, which was new! She said it actually wasn't as hard as it looked-- so she might have had just the slightest bit of range-of-motion in the ankle.

Arm/wrist/hand is harder, since you need that to hang on and steer in the real world. But the garage is different. :)
Mara: Gospelmara_snh on November 20th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Good luck to Christopher. I know kids are resilient and all that, but damn I remember how much that wrist of mine hurt -- almost worse AFTER the cast came off than before. Don't skip the physical therapy afterward, though It's terribly important, and actually kinda fun, once you get into it. (They give you cool toys.)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 20th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
but damn I remember how much that wrist of mine hurt -- almost worse AFTER the cast came off than before.

Gosh, I hope it healed properly. Though there are so MANY bones in there, and so much rotational movement, that any lingering pain would get a "workout." It's not like breaking one of the long bones in the arm, where there's little movement and little pounding.

I remember pulverizing my tailbone in my 20s, and the "throbbing" pain left within the first couple of weeks, but accidentally rocking back across the break reminded me immediately of that injury! Took ages for that to fade off. :0
Maramara_snh on November 22nd, 2009 02:58 am (UTC)
Oh yes, the bones healed perfectly. It's the muscle weakness. You get used to the support of the cast, then suddenly it's gone, your skin is raw from the sudden exfoliation that comes with the first (HEAVENLY) wash, and suddenly, ow. That was my experience, anyway. Christopher's might be differently.

Your tailbone injury sounds awful. Yowie.

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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 20th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you! He's a little subdued right now, personality-wise (or maybe those painkillers are quieting him down a little), but I fully expect to be ready to kill him on a daily basis in a couple of weeks. :0

If I could siphon off that energy of his, I'd paint the entire outside of the house in a weekend and have enough "oomph" left over to reorganize the garage! It's kind of frightening. :0
cindytsuki_no_bara on November 20th, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
oh ow, poor kid. why can't he run, tho? unless it's out of a fear of falling....
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 20th, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
After it heals, he should be okay, but that's a lot of bouncing (jarring) and it travels all the way through your body.

I'm pretty sure he's thought about it, though-- despite the awkward heavy arm and how it would affect his stride. :)
The Huntresshuntress69 on November 20th, 2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
Hugs to Christopher and hugs to Mom too, cause we Mom's suffer just as much. I like the gift cards for the holidays, they are easier then trying to pick the right gift. And I so love online shopping too.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Psycho Penguinhalfshellvenus on November 20th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
The gift cards ARE easier, but I really liked finding great toys. Christmas and birthday shopping is much less fun when no-one plays with toys anymore.

What hooked me on online shopping was places with free shipping and deep inventory where you knew at the time of purchase whether they had what you wanted or not. None of this driving to the store and getting, "Oh, we don't have that at this branch. But you could try the one across town, they might have it."

No thanks!
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on November 20th, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
Ow! poor Chris!

Put him on the static bike? Long, long walks?

I've already got all Stewart's stuff, everyone else is getting money.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 20th, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
Put him on the static bike? Long, long walks?
He might be learning how to use the bicycle trackstand in the next few weeks!

He was supposed to go for a walk with his father today, but a bunch of estate-related paperwork suddenly surged up and some impending rain. So he went for a walk by himself, which I hope helped. I don't worry about him running by himself down the main street here, but I do worry a little about him walking with an obvious injury (paranoia).

I'm wondering if his sister could go with him every now and then. She would hate the idea on principal (she went with him while he was breaking in my hiking boots, until the class trip got postponed to January). The advantage of that is that they'd have time to talk about "nothing," instead of the trigger-happy squabbling they do in the house. :0
brigid_tanner: impala-mapbrigid_tanner on November 21st, 2009 12:42 am (UTC)
Ow! Poor Christopher! hope the bike in the garage idea works for him to take care of all that extra energy.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on November 21st, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
Me too!

After he fainted while running laps a few years ago, he wound up going to a cardio lab where they could monitor his heart while he was on a treadmill (he has a slight murmur). After more than 40 minutes, they were tired of waiting for him to get tired, and told him to just get down already. ;)
brigid_tannerbrigid_tanner on November 21st, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
LOL!! too bad you can't bottle that energy and sell it ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Laugh SPNhalfshellvenus on November 21st, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
I could use it for myself!

Actually, considering that he sometimes sucks the life out of his parents with the "bouncing off the walls" and those contrarian stints... I want mine back!
Entendre? Make mine a double.: SN Dean duck lipsdeirdre_c on November 21st, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
Oh man. Sorry about the break. I know that's EXTREMELY inconvenient. :\
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on November 21st, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
Thanks, Dei.

You know, it's more inconvenient for him, and mostly regarding the exercise and his sports (and recess-- my god, he is STYMIED over what he's going to do at recess now).

But given that he's still wearing T-shirts in this 55-65 degree weather, well... I guess he'll have to wear them a little bit longer!

And this will be our chance to see whether he really should be using his left hand as his dominant hand, once he has to write with it for awhile. :0
heartagram_lalaheartagram_lala on November 21st, 2009 07:25 am (UTC)
having had 4, yes 4, broken arms myself, i know what a bitch they are, especially if its your preferred hand. I hope he heals quickly =D

My suggestion for exercise is a exercise bike, like the ones at the gym.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Heart - greenhalfshellvenus on November 21st, 2009 07:47 am (UTC)
Wow! That's a lot of breaks!

I'm sure you're much too familiar with the issues of "itching under the cast" and showering/bathing with a bag over your arm. Not to mention the wardrobe limitations with the cast.

He does have a cast on now, and though it goes farther up the arm (past the elbow) it exposes his fingers a little more, so they're not entirely useless. That'll help.

The kind I've always dreaded, other than traction, is the broken shoulder where you have your arm braced away from your body for all eternity. Boy, would THAT ever get old!
heartagram_lalaheartagram_lala on November 21st, 2009 08:47 am (UTC)
Itching in a cast is one of the most irritating things ever, i recommend knitting needles and this wooden rulers, lol.

I couldn't deal with one of the over the elbow casts, i had enough trouble dealing with just the forearm ones lol, i never kept one on more then 3 weeks lol, drove my parents mad.
Vel'ithya Tevrielvelithya on November 22nd, 2009 12:49 pm (UTC)
aww man, sorry to hear that, sounds like a pain in the ass for all concerned. My best wishes for a speedy recovery and that he doesn't drive his parents mad!! ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on November 23rd, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
Thank you! He's already working around it pretty well, and it doesn't hurt much now.

But the lack of exercise... that might be the worst part for all of us! :0