Well... the NP was wrong.
We followed directions. We iced. We gave her Ibuprofen. I even let her out of school since the splint thing didn't allow her to hold a pencil. But her pain increased. On Wednesday her hand was so swollen that her fingers looked like little sausages sticking out of a softball. Her elbow felt feverish and was very tender. I loosened the wrap and had her watch tv with her arm on her head. Seriously! It should not be that swollen with all the ice and Ibuprofen. I called the doctors. At first they couldn't see how they could get her in to see a doctor. I was persistent. She was finally seen around 4.
3.5 hours later we left Kaiser Permanente (after they had all closed) with Lilli in a full cast which she will wear for at least the next 4 weeks. She will see the orthopedic surgeon officially next week.
In other big news... we all survived Chad's first term in college. The past week he needed everyone's help to stay on task and write a few papers and study for tests. He freely admits that what he needs is help staying on task. John, I and even Hannah, took turns staying up late and helping him. JennieLinn helped too.... over Skype. He is hard to help. When he is frustrated and stressed he can forget to be kind. But we all cowboy up for the good of the whole. In the end I think it was worth it. He is finally relaxing. He only has one test left. We can all breath! Not only that, but he has all A's! Maybe we all earned those A's.
Chad is not the only one needing a group effort for school. Case started Pre-School this week. He gets on the bus at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays. He seems excited to go, but he is not excited about getting ready to go. We made it the first day because Lilli was on top of it and made sure he got on the bus. However, he missed the bus on Thursday (I was working on helping Chad with his last school assignment) because he wasn't co-operating with Lilli. We had to drive over to Dallas to take him to the Head Start pre-school. It's nice to have the afternoons off.
Case came with no socks nor gloves but wanted to play outside in the snow. We found some socks for him, but no gloves. A neighbor saw him and gave him glove. What a nice neighbor! Lilli got Charlie to drag her around on the sled. She even convinced John to play in the snow with her.
Chad and Hannah went to play in the snow with Jacob. They pulled a sled behind a car. Chad crashed and gashed his knee good. I super-glued it shut. Campus security also told them it wasn't a good idea. Goofballs.
Chad sledding behind Jacob's car.
Friday was St. Nicholas Day. I had fun teasing Hannah. I sent her a text at noon and told her that we were sledding and drinking Wassail and eating Christmas Chili. I didn't say that Wassail and Christmas Chili were for dinner. She text back that she didn't think that was fair. I teased her and told her that she was the one that left. She wrote back that I was a poop and I told her she would get coal for St. Nicholas Day. Lilli and I looked and found candy coal. LOL. We had fun leading Hannah along. She is such a teenager. Lilli and I also got a car and some gloves for Case and some gloves and nail polish for his sisters. She had fun being my little elf. I had to do something to help her get excited about Christmas since I let the cat out of the bag - that I am Santa.
Finally, Saturday Lilli and Hannah auditioned for Les Miserables. They both did very well. There were so many people there. Only Hannah got a call back. She will give it her best shot this week. Wish her luck.
Well... that is week.