Nursemaid’s Elbow


Happy Tiny Tuesday! I hope you all had a fabulous Memorial Day weekend and are easing back into the swing of things. Our little family decided not to travel for the holiday this year, so we spent the weekend at my in-laws’ houseĀ hoping for a little sunshine and a chance to swim – no such luck. I mean, will it ever stop raining in Dallas? Anyway, if you follow me on instagram (fleurdille), then you might have noticed that we paid a little visit to the ER on Saturday for sweet Emma Grace. What we experienced was nothing out of the ordinary for her age group, but we did learn a very helpful fact that I wanted to pass on to you mothers out there.

To sum up what happened, Emma Grace and Travis were playing as usual, but this time it resulted in EG crying and holding her wrist. Emma can be a bit on the dramatic side sometimes and since we didn’t see any swelling, we decided to lay her down for a nap and see if she would forget that she “bumped her wrist.” Well, when she woke up crying and then refused to reach for a brownie (this never happens) we called our pediatrician’s on-call nurse to get some advice and then made the trek to Children’s Hospital ER. EG ended up having Nursemaid’s Elbow (she pulled her elbow out of socket) and all it took was a doctor popping it back into place in a matter of seconds. Now, there were lots of tears on Emma’s end, lots of moments where I almost lost it on my endĀ (I promised Trav I would be strong and cry when she wasn’t looking, but keep it together in front of her — soooo hard), but do you know what there wasn’t? I long wait at the ER. And herein lies the fabulous tip I have for you mommies: Call your on-call nurse before heading to the ER.

One of our favorite features about our doctor’s office is that they have a 24-hour nurse hotline. We’ve called it so many times I’ve lost count and we decided to call them this past Saturday when we were at a loss of what to do. The on-call nurse was super helpful, informed us that Emma probably had nursemaid’s elbow, and then did the best thing ever: she 1) looked up which Children’s location had the shorter wait and then 2) sent over all our paperwork and our referral to the hospital before we even left the house. Why was this so awesome? Well, when we arrived to the ER we didn’t have to fill out any paperwork and we waited a maximum of 10-15 minutes before being seen. Moms, this is huge. When your little one is screaming from pain, the last thing you want to do is subject them to a long wait in a waiting room. You can bet that we will be calling the on-call nurse the next time we have an injury and need to pay the ER a little visit.

If you are in the process of looking for a pediatrician, feel free to email me and I’ll give you the contact information of ours!

xo – anna & emma grace