On Thursday I tripped in my hallway and landed on my left hand on the concrete slab floor.¬† I am left handed, so of course I broke my arm!¬† Awesome!¬† I broke my left radial head in my elbow.¬† I don't have a cast but I really wish they would have given me one.¬† Instead I have a wrist splint and a sling, which doesn't do a whole lot for stabilizing the elbow (the splint).¬† I have to wear these things for at least a month and it will 6 weeks at the earliest before it's healed.¬† I have 3 kid to take care of, the most challenging being my almost 4 month old Lucas.¬† I am supposed to be taking percasets which the ER Dr. said is not ideal for bf, but not going to hurt the baby either.¬† I am trying not to take it and do ibuprofen instead and that has been ok so far.¬†
But my biggest concern is the actual breastfeeding.¬† DH has been helping me out by positioning the baby for me and what not, but DH has to work too.¬† He has been great about helping me with Lucas, but I need to be able to do more on my own.¬† The left side is difficult because I have to take the sling off and try to position my arm away from Lucas so he doesn't bump it and hurt me and I can 't get the sling back on by myself.¬† But on the other hand the right side is hard too because if i hold him across my lap he kicks my broken arm.¬† i have been trying a football type hold, but he's too big for that now and i can't hold him that way for very long with one hand and he gets squished.¬† I tried side lying for the right side, but the pressure makes my left arm hurt really bad (even though it's on top with nothing touching it).¬†
I also can't carry him for very long either and Lucas loves to be held.¬† He will stay in his swing or on the playmat or bed for maybe 10 mins max before I have to pick him up, which i need 2 hands to do b/c my core is still pretty weak from the pregnancy.¬† I can't use the bjorn and don't think i can use the ring sling or the ergo either b/c my arm has to be in the sling across my chest.¬†
Well, I am starting to vent and I didn't come here to complain... does anyone have any suggestions?¬† has anyone been through this?¬†
I am super independent and hate asking for help so this is really hard for me.¬† i feel bad and guilty that DH has to help me so much.¬† He just left us alone for an hour and I did figure out that I can lay Lucas on the edge of our bed and kneel next to it and he can nurse pretty easily in that position.¬† So, at least I'm figuring some things out. ¬†
Thanks for reading and for any input.¬† :)
Oh mama, I'm so sorry that happened to you!! Taking care of a baby is challenging enough without having a broken arm. I'd go back to the doctor and ask for a cast. explain the nursing challenges, kids bumping into you, having to take it off and not being able to get it back on yourself. I broke a bone in my elbow once and had a sling and splint probably like the one you describe having. This was before kids and I had a hard time not moving my arm and didn't wear the sling 100% of the time. I don't think it healed as well as it would have if I had been able to immobilize it better.¬† If you're not able to keep your arm stable to let it heal then go back to the doctor and have them do something different.
Can you get a mother's helper to come and help during the day? Maybe a neighborhood kid can help out for a few weeks until summer vacation is over.
well, i signed the older kids up for summer camp, so that will make it a bit easier.¬† The Dr. told me they can't do a cast b/c i still need to move my elbow up and down even if i can't turn my hand.¬† I am goung to a specialist on Wed..¬† Hoping they will have some tips for me.
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