last year, almost to the date, her nose was broke during a cheerleading stunt. she needed surgery and was down for the count for a few weeks ( from cheering and from working out)
in august she was stretching at the gym and called me to tell me her knee cap had slipped out of place. to make a long story short, she ended up with a torn meniscus and a torn mcl. she needed surgery and was down for the count for weeks. truth be told, she’s still in physical therapy for that and not completely cleared for exercise ( running, etc)
now let me tell you, she has been working her tail off for over a year. at the gym constantly and watching what she’s eating. she has done amazing.
this year she decided to cheer basketball instead of football and competition. which worked out well since she’s been out with the knee injury. so saturday, basketball cheerleading had a workshop. all day. in hindsight ( that perpetually clear hindsight view) i shouldn’t have let her go all. it was like seven hours). well she came home pretty sore. i figured it was her first major exertion since her leg injury. she’s a base and they can get pretty beat up catching the girls who fly, especially after hours and hours.
by the next day she continued to be sore. that night she came in just before i went to bed and said her side was really really sore. sharp stabbing pain sore. so i had her recount the day. turns out she had fallen during a stunt and the fly fell on top of her. oh dear. called the doctor the next morning and was reminded that there really isn’t anything done for broken ribs other than rest. so we went in anyway for xrays.
doctor warned me prior to the xray that they are often times inconclusive, the ribs being hard to get a good film of…and they were. so they’re treating her for probable fractured ribs.
well all during this time she’s complained of headaches. she’s come home from school early and fallen asleep the last few days. she never ever ever takes naps. like ever. ( thank you taylor swift for the jingle) i’d walk into her room and ask her why she was working with all the shades pulled to which she’d reply that the light hurt her eyes. she’d text me from school in tears after a test saying it was hard for her to think and focus. she’s having a hard time sleeping at night because of the rib pain. so hard to tell what’s related to what, etc.
so, i had her recount the day. again. did she hit her head when she fell? no, but “i got kicked in the head several times during the stunts”…”but that happens all the time in cheerleading mom”….okay.
so headed to the pediatrician yesterday morning because by this time i’m pretty concerned. she didn’t present with any findings that would explain the unusual ( for her) headaches. i love our pediatrician. she’s super thorough and knows my girls well. she couldn’t rule out a concussion.( and no, madison has not had the impact test prior to cheering either). so for now she’s been put on modified bedrest and told to do no brain strain.
broken nose. torn ligament. probable broken ribs. possible concussion…
praying she heals quickly. it’s tough to miss several days of school but that junior year is especially tough. this is the third if not fourth issue in less than a year. discouraging from a cheer standpoint and an exercise stand point.
by the way, these images were not this week…she’s not quite this smiley this week