As a mom of 3 and a nurse I sometimes ignore my gut and nursing assessment skills. Why do I do that? 

This past weekend I found myself in this predicament. I was on vacation enjoying my time with family and friends. I was watching my daughter doing the perfect backstroke at the pool and having a great conversation with a friend. When all of a sudden my middle son walks over to the pool and shows me his swollen right hand. Just a little side note.. my middle son has so much energy!  He is a complete dare devil and he is just a nut..

He is 12 years old and makes decisions like a 12 year old.

He says he was hanging out with his older brother, “wrestling” and “having fun”.  The rough housing ended but still having energy, he punched a table and an RV for no apparent reason.

When he walked over to the pool and showed me his taut and swollen hand I knew he broke it. How could he not have. His hand looked like a ? potato.  I had him elevate it above his heart, ice it and started him on ibuprofen around the clock hoping this would help. I said to the group, “He broke it.”

Some disagreed and thought it was a sprain with swelling.  I tossed and turned with the idea of taking him to the doctor but I didn’t and another day went by. Why did I do that?

My son being as tough as he is seemed to be doing okay. So we continued on with our trip. My friend splinted his hand perfectly.

Unfortunately the next day he began having intermittent numbness, tingling and increased swelling. This isn’t a good sign.
I finally said, “Time to go to the ER” . Two X-rays later we were told his hand was indeed broken.   In fact they made us an appointment for four days later to see an orthopedist to see if he needs surgery on his hand.
Moral of the story – Mom’s and nurses listen to your gut, that’s why you have it! Don’t brush things off and don’t push things off another day if you know something doesn’t feel right! 


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