Wednesday, December 10, 2008

This Is Her Jam

My baby got a boo-boo.

When my husband brought her home from water polo practice, the first thing my daughter did was hold her swollen finger in front of my face for a kiss. She explained how one of her teammates had kicked her hard right on the tip of her middle finger. After we packed it in ice and she felt better, I couldn’t resist asking her, “Well did you at least sing ...this is my JAM...? (If you have no idea what song I’m talking about, click here to hear Flo Rida's In the Ayer).


She laughed and said, “You’re not going to believe this, but I was singing that song RIGHT before it happened." She held the bruised finger up. "And then I thought, well whaddya know, this really IS my jam.


The incident reminded me of when she went to horse camp for a week. On the third day she fell off her horse and landed on her shoulder. A paramedic who was on site assured her it wasn’t broken. At home we iced it and the next day she insisted it was starting to feel better.

It was an all-day camp, and every morning I left early for work before she got up. She came home exhausted each night and ready for bed. So I didn’t see her much until the end of the week, when they put on a show for the parents to see what they’d learned.


The instructors handed out ribbons after each event. I noticed that instead of reaching for her ribbons, my daughter just leaned her whole body over with her arm tucked tightly against her side. Uh-oh, I thought. We went straight to the hospital for x-rays.

I’ll never forget the look on the doctor’s face when she asked, “This happened on Wednesday and you’re just bringing her in now?” It turned out I’d been letting her go horseback riding for four more days...with a broken arm.


Well, I wasn’t going to let THAT happen again. The next morning when her jammed finger was still swollen and bruised and she couldn’t bend it, we went for an x-ray.


The good news is, it isn’t broken and she’ll be back to playing water polo in no time. The bad news is, it isn’t broken and she’ll be back to playing water polo in no time.


Tough sport. Tough girl.

13 comments:

Rebecca Ramsey said...

What a girl! She must have an amazing pain tolerance!

Kelly said...

The jam thing made me giggle, I do things like that all the time with songs.
It sounds like you have an amazing daughter!!!!

Brenda said...

She must really love sports to go through all that without complaining! Glad nothing is broke this time around...Hugs...

3rdEyeMuse said...

oh yeah, she sounds like a tough cookie (& please don't tell her I called her a cookie).

PJ Hoover said...

Hope it feels better soon! And what a bandage! That's something to show around :)

Kim Kasch said...

My son, Jake, loves water polo. And, my daughter is always getting hurt. She plays college bball. I wonder if girls play rougher than boys ?...

LW said...

Ouch!

Hope she feels better very soon…

Horse riding with a broken arm that is what I call a real cowgirl…

Louise

Carrie Harris said...

She IS a tough girl. Good for her!!!

C.R. Evers said...

How sweet is it that she still wants her boo boo's kissed! I'm so happy to hear that. I was wondering how many years of boo boo kissing I had left. I'm glad I still have a while. I love it that a kiss really can make it feel better! It's a rose-kind-of-moment in a thorn-filled-world.

I hope she recovers quickly!

Christy

adrienne said...

Thanks for the support! She's being stoic but I think she's a little disappointed about missing games.

Kelly - I figured you'd understand about the song!

3rdEyeMuse - I don't think she'd mind :)

PJ - It is worth some sympathy points!

Louise - cowgirl sounds right... now that I think of it she probably wouldn't be up for playing polo on horseback...

Christy - That made me feel better, too!

adrienne said...

Oh, and Kim - She thinks the girls play rougher!

Rena said...

Ouch! I hope it's feeling better now. Water Polo is a tough sport. Rick got hit really hard in the ear when he played. It can be tough.

sruble said...

I hope your daughter feels better soon! Water polo can be a rough sport, but it's fun to play. Hope she has fun and stays away from the injuries from now on!

BTW, I can't imagine going horseback riding with a broken arm for 4 days! There's no way I would have been able to do that when I broke my elbow - your daughter is one tough girl. Sounds like she can totally handle water polo.