It is so helpful to hear everyone's stories. Really! At this point, she is four days post-fall and I can't tell people about it without my voice cracking a little and choking up a bit, but my daughter is already confidently telling people, "Oh, yeah, I fell off the monkey bars. It's a fracture. I'm getting a cast on Wednesday." Like it's no biggie.
Thank you for the suggestions for one-handed activities. My daughter is an active kid too--swimming, gymnastics, biking--and my immediate reaction was: What are we going to do for the rest of the summer???? But, yesterday we went to my family's little cabin on the water for the day, and she had a blast, even with her arm in the splint. She could still fish, play with sand one-handed (plastic bags do come in handy for coverage), talk to her grandparents, bother the dog
, eat, and more. I don't think she felt like she missed out on anything. I do think she doesn't quite get that her swimming lessons and gymnastics are totally out for quite a while, but we're taking it one day at a time here. And, again, she's doing better than I am!
I admit, I was feeling some anxiety about long-term implications of the break since it's a wrist bone on her dominant arm. I imagined her having difficulty writing or doing similar activities for a long time after getting the cast off. But, we haven't even seen the orthopedic specialist yet, so I can't get ahead of myself. Plus, I have to remind myself that kids heal so much better than adults, generally speaking.
Thanks again for the support!