Mo Has A Cast

I never broke any bones or had serious injuries as a child.

Well, there was that one time I tried to do a backwards Olympic dive at the pool and busted my chin open, but that was about it.

Sooo, when Mo tore 2 ligaments in his ankle and had to get a cast, it really crippled me emotionally.

As soon as I saw him in a cast, I cried.

To my defense, I was on my period and a little extra emotional. Lol

It’s just something about seeing your child hurt. Well, that and the fact that we had to cancel summer plans including soccer camp and a San Diego beach and Legoland vacay.

Which means for the 2nd half of Summer, we’re pretty much confined to the house.

*cue violin*

Mo’s ortho instructed “No running, no jumping, no crazy business”.

This pretty much destroyed 98% of Mo’s livelihood.

His ankle injury came from playing soccer. His first concern was will he play again. Mo’s grown up BFF reminded him that his fave soccer player, Christiano Ronaldo also had an ankle injury.

Ronaldo missed the entire 2000-2001 soccer season after 2 operations. Upon his return to soccer he had the best 4 years of his career from 2002-2006 winning a World Cup Title, World Player of the Year, and record breaking jersey sales.

To an athlete, an injury can either crush him or make him stronger.

Hopefully the 6-12 weeks Mo will spend in a cast will help build character and heart.

I’m sure it’s not easy for an 8 year old to watch all his friends run around playing all his favorite sports while he’s sidelined.

But hey, one day this injury will help build his sports street cred.

Keep your head up Money Mo.

9 Comments on “Mo Has A Cast”

  1. Shannon D. July 28, 2012 at 5:58 PM #

    Oh boy, I can definitely sympathize with you. Just before Joseph turned 3, he tripped over the hose in the driveway and broke his femur (he wasn’t even running). Heck, I didn’t even know anything was wrong with him right away. They had to put him in a full body cast (Spica cast) for over 2 months. So, he was back in diapers (he was already potty trained) and he was confined to a bean bag for the next 2 months. I was heartbroken!

    Well, the very first day after getting home from the hospital, he wanted to go play in his playroom. I started sobbing. Do you know that he army crawled the entire way to his playroom (through 3 rooms and a hallway) AND figured out a way to play with some of his toys? At that point, I was a crying mess!

    At the beginning of fall soccer season, he broke his elbow tripping over a divider on the playground at school. Casted again, he was determined to continue to play soccer but the soccer association wouldn’t let him because of “liability purposes”. Whatever!

    Anyhow, whenever I don’t “think” I can do something, I just think of those times when he was down for the count yet so strong willed and I immediately get motivated! Kids are amazing people. You know this small incident isn’t going to keep Mo down! Wish you lived here, I have a cast cover for bathing–the best invention yet! It fits over the cast and suctions around the limb so absolutely no water gets on the cast. Of course, both injuries, they couldn’t use a waterproof cast.

    Sorry for the rambling! Heads up, mama!

    • ahotmama July 29, 2012 at 9:31 AM #

      Wow Shannon, casted TWICE?! OMG, I can’t imagine. What on Earth did you guys do to pass the time? We’re on day 3 and it’s pretty much been Wii and Auntie Mona. I ordered the waterproof cast, the Target bag just isn’t cutting it. Lol

      Thanks for sharing your story. It really helps. That Joseph is a tough cookie 🙂

      • shannon July 29, 2012 at 3:09 PM #

        We found all sorts of things to do, gaming is one of them. It was actually easier when he was 3, anything he could do while sitting in the bean bag, he did. He mastered his independence then. We really didn’t have to do too much for him. They’re gonna get bored, regardless. It’s their age. Getting creative was a must! He drew and painted a lot, gamed and played one and two person card games. We had a lot of cousin, friend and Grandma play dates. I am sure you will make the best of it, as always!

    • ahotmama July 29, 2012 at 9:32 AM #

      Yes, kids are so resilient. Parents definitely take it harder than the parents.

  2. Grandma Tee July 28, 2012 at 7:27 PM #

    When the chldren get hurt, it hurts parents more. Yes, that swimming accident at Georgia State University swimming pool on Indian Creek happened so fast. You took it well though it was very scary and painful experience.


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