(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: In Search of the Great Pumpkin

Pumpkin Festival

Just a few of the prolific pumpkin pics I took at the annual downtown Franklin Pumpkin Festival! In case you missed it, I posted earlier this month about fall family activities in the Nashville area.

Picking Up Marbles With Her Toes and Other Physical Therapy Awesomeness

Physical Therapy Soccer Injry


I thought I’d share a little update in the fall crutch chronicles. The big news is the crutch is oh so yesterday. Well, sort of. The boot is DEFINITELY oh so yesterday. Miss C is now wearing a brace on her left ankle. She’s still depending a bit on her crutches to steady her walk.

Today I took her to her first physical therapy appointment since she fractured her ankle 5 weeks ago and we were so pleased with her therapist. Plus the office was playing Lightning 100 and it just had a fun vibe, and I don’t think it was at all what my girl was expecting. Hurrah!

She needs to work on range of motion and strengthening that ankle. Our hope is that her left ankle will be stronger than ever and that she’ll be back on the playing field for the spring season.

Get strong girl!

I’ve got a guest post up this week on the Monroe Carrel Jr. Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Wishing Well blog that covers the whole is it a sprain or a break question for parents. I’d love for you to read my post and leave a comment.

 

The Crutch Chronicles

Being a parent to an athlete means at some point you’ll learn what RICE means besides something that tastes great with chicken.

I’m talkin’ Rest Ice Compression and Elevation people. And hey we’ve made it this many years into the parenting gig without actually needing crutches and for that I am thankful.

After 8 years of playing soccer it was probably inevitable that our travel soccer girl got injured. Her team was scrimmaging against a high school team and during a defensive move she rolled her left ankle. At first I thought it may have been “just” a severe sprain but as the evening progressed it was obvious that she probably had a fracture. Her ankle was swollen beyond recognition and she couldn’t put any pressure on her foot at all. We headed to the doctor immediately the next morning and then to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital for xrays.

Miss C has just a couple more weeks of wearing her boot (and a follow-up appointment at Vanderbilt Orthopedics late next week) and then hopefully she’ll be back on the soccer field and stronger than ever for the spring season.. In the mean time, her crutches have gotten blinged out with neon duct tape and she’s collecting new autographs on her boot daily.

Here’s my girl rockin’ her new boot. Not the kind of boot she wanted to wear this fall as she navigates the halls of middle school, but she’s making the best of it!

crutches


Send us healing vibes next week as we head back to the orthopedic doctor! This is one brave, tough girl. Go Miss C!


 

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