You’re It

Clara hurt her foot in the car accident last week. X-rays haven’t shown anything to be broken but with all the soft tissue damage, she’s still unwilling to walk on it. She has been getting around with a combination of hopping on one leg (she’s getting excellent balance out of the situation), begrudgingly using a pair of crutches (And by begrudging-I mean they get thrown across the floor and called stupid at least once a day) and her favorite method, scooting.  Clara leads with her bad foot in the air and zooms around on her butt pushing with her good foot and arms.

While all of these are decent options from getting from place to place when you only have one good foot, she hasn’t yet figured out how to carry much with any of these methods. If we were the kind of family who was ready to go places in plenty of time, it would be no big deal that she forgot the absolutely critical item that she must bring with her upstairs when we are headed out, but we aren’t. We are more of the, hurry-up-we-should-have-left-five-minutes-ago family and so Clara has gotten lots of extra help in the last days, even for things that she could technically do for herself.

The extra attention Clara was getting sat well with everyone for the first few days but now, just over a week in, there are a few people (her older sister in particular) who are ready for Clara to be able to carry her own dirty dishes to the dishwasher.

The evenings are particularly difficult. Clara is extra exhausted from a day of hobbling about and Ivy is extra fed up with being the older, helpful sister. Girls that normally get along are feeding off one another’s grumpiness, mountains are being made of mole hills and fights are breaking out.Ivy and Clara

Except for one night.

One night there was no fighting. Just Ivy watching Clara scootch across the floor and then oh so politely asking,

“Hey Clara. Wanna play tag?

16 comments on “You’re It

  1. Vanessence says:

    Ha! Clever girl. 😀 Praying for your little one’s recovery. 🙂

  2. jenanita01 says:

    never a dull moment in your house… hope she gets better soon, for all your sakes!

  3. barbtaub says:

    Ouch. And Ivy’s words enter the realm of stone-graven family legend… Hope poor Clara is doing better soon.

    • Jessie says:

      She is getting better! I did hear Ivy ask her today if she wanted to did a little hobbling around on her own tonight. Hopefully she’ll be able to run her sister down in a “friendly” game of tag soon!

  4. Sharon says:

    I had this happen to my youngest daughter. Hurt but past time for limping around. We went to a fun event and she either had to sit and watch or get up and follow the other kids. She chose to keep up and at the end of the afternoon was walking just fine. Of course each child and injury is different. Hers came from a serious dog bite in the calf of her leg. You almost have to quit being sympathetic and get tough, like “you keep up or watch the others”

    • Jessie says:

      She missed out on quite a bit in the last week but now she’s starting to use it a little bit again. Maybe next time we see you she’ll be crutch free!

  5. Helen says:

    I’m sorry that Clara is still hurting. I hope she soon up to full speed. Give her some extra hugs from me, please.

    • Jessie says:

      Hugs have been administered- I think they helped because she got lots better over the weekend and was starting to limp about a bit without the crutches tonight!

  6. N. says:

    Very smart little girl 🙂

  7. Peter S says:

    Sorry to hear about the accident! Hopefully everyone recovers soon, must be a tough time of year for something like this to happen with Christmas coming.

    • Jessie says:

      Only if you wanted to do crazy things like decorate your house and put up a tree and bake cookies…. I shouldn’t complain. we have a tree. In a bucket. By the garage. I think we may decorate for January around here. That always feels like a darker colder month anyway!

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