I'm a full-time working mom of 3, grandmother to 2. I have one child left at home, the older two are married, each with a daughter. Like any working mom, I struggle to find a balance between work, family, friends, etc.
Today my daughter was attending her first rollerskating party. She was so excited to go! An hour into the party, during the 5 minutes I took my eyes off her in the rink so that I could get drinks, she fell & broke her arm. She broke both bones down by her wrist. I raised 2 boys who did tons of stupid & risky stuff...they are 19 & 21 & have never broken a bone. My only girl who is 7 falls & really messed up her arm! It was a scary experience because at first they were concerned about her nerves in her hands and they told us she may need surgery to repair it! We went to an urgent care, then the hospital to see a children's orthopedic specialist. After many hours and x-rays, they sedated her & set her arm. The new x-rays show her arm looking like brand new. I've been through a lot with my kids through the years but this scared me to death! My husband was the one who laid my guilt to rest reminding me that even if I had been watching Bella out in the rink, I couldn't have stopped the break from happening. My wonderful friend Deb drove my car with me & a very upset and hurting Bella in the backseat. Leaving her own girls with friends at the party to help us out. I am so blessed to have such wonderful, loving and supportive friends who not only care about me, but care about my kids. This broken arm is going to present some new challenges for us but we'll muddle through it just fine...another opportunity to learn & grow for all of us.