Monday, September 24, 2012

Mr. Toad and Miss Purple

This is  Allie.  She is the daughter of a very good friend of mine.

Allie recently played a part in the production of

This production was based on the book by Kenneth Grahame, "The Wind in the Willows".  Here she is in costume.

She makes a gorgeous weasel doesn't she?  Hard to believe this is the face on one of the villains. 

The cast was made up of 90+ children aged between 4 and 12.  We went to see the production on Thursday, along with Allie's younger sister Katie, and I have to say all of those children did an amazing job!

Allie's Mum was required to be in the 'green room' for the first two performances so she offered to take Lydia with her.  Of course she won the hearts of all the Mums in there.  She seems to be a budding little actress herself.  Here she is learning the lines of Mr. Toad.  ;-)

Prior to leaving the theatre, there was the obligatory toilet stop.  Naomi ran ahead and tried to hold the door open for the rest of us.  The doors at the theatre are VERY heavy.  She couldn't hold it and got her left index finger caught in the hinge side of the door.  It looked terrible - swollen with a couple of small cuts and a lovely shade of purple - so after applying some ice, it was off to the Emergency Department.

The triage nurse popped her arm in a sling so her finger was elevated to help with the swelling.

Then it was off to x-ray.  The results were unclear.  The bones in the hands of children are so small, it was difficult to see it clearly - even though she was SOOOO still for the x-ray!  The radiology doctor on duty was one that usually works at the Royal Children's so he was very experienced and even he couldn't tell!

Anyway, there was a small 'discrepancy' on the x-ray that was positioned at the 'right place' for bone damage.  So they thought she had a hairline fracture and treated it as such.

We were instructed to keep it splinted until Monday (today) and then have it checked by a GP if it was still swollen or painful etc.  I made an appointment so we had it available if we needed it.

On Saturday we were at the home of another friend.  Most of the children were playing outside and Naomi was jumping on the trampoline.  Then we heard crying.  As far as we could understand through her tears was that she had 'face-planted' onto the mat.  Turns out she actually landed on the metal bar (this trampoline is not one that has a net).

Yesterday we noticed that what was a small bruise on her nose the day before was beginning to expand.  This morning it was even bigger.  I was glad I had made the appointment just in case.  I was definitely going to attend and have her nose checked too!

The hospital had forwarded the final results of the finger x-ray to the GP.  They had decided there was no fracture after all.  The splint has been removed and she is able to move it well.  The finger is still badly bruised, but that will subside in the coming days.

Thankfully, there is no fracture in her nose either.  It is swollen on one side and quite bruised, but that's as bad as it gets.

The doctor said a number of times how 'lucky' she was.  Lucky that there was no ligament damage in her finger.  Lucky there was no eye damage.  Lucky there was no damage to the nasal septum (the 'wall' between the nostrils - apparently this is bad).

Miss Purple - always smiling!

Luck?  Pfft!  What I see is the protection of a loving Heavenly Father.  Praise God!

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
Lam. 3:22-23 (NIV) 

Only by His grace,

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