And a Bit More Interesting Still

Honeybee at the Orphanage - March 2008

I picked Honeybee up from school this afternoon and took her to the orthopedic surgeon.  Sweet Pea had warned me that we should not be surprised if surgery was necessary, so I was ready for anything.  Just this morning I got an email from my friend Jennifer whose son also broken his radius and ulna and is scheduled for surgery later this week.

They took a few x-rays, and then a couple more.  Then the doctor requested an x-ray of her left arm to serve as comparison.  After taking a good look at the collection of x-rays he determined that Honeybee’s arm is not broken.  Can you believe it?  He said it is badly bruised but he doesn’t see any fractures.

Honeybee was initially disappointed that she would not get a cast, but I was immediately relieved.  No cast, no surgery, no list of appointments, no missed school — it all seems great to me!

Since I had the opportunity I asked him if he would look at her legs, one of which has a bit more of a bowed appearance than normal.  He said that at some point in her life she probably had an injury or an infection that affected the way the bone has grown.  I felt a pang of sadness that she was hurt and I wasn’t there; she had no mommy to hold her and make it better.

Honeybee will continue wearing a sling to school for another week and a half, and we have a follow up appointment scheduled.  The splint was really bothering her, so in many ways she already feels much better.

How’s that for a happy update!

Thank you for all of your sweet comments and prayers.  Maybe God decided to heal her;  He can do that you know.  We’re giving thanks.

I hope to share Honeybee’s special thoughts tomorrow if the day doesn’t get swept away from me.


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Heidi
    October 26, 2010

    What a lovely relief!

  2. PastormacsAnn
    October 26, 2010

    So glad that her arm isn't broken afterall!

  3. Jillian
    October 26, 2010

    Yea! So glad it isn't as bad as it could have been!

  4. Lindi Burgess
    October 26, 2010

    Lisa, this is amazing. Kiss honeybee for me. I love her…Lindi

  5. charity betts
    October 26, 2010

    what a wonderful surprise…our last unexpected trip to the dr for a broken arm ended up costing $1000 even after good insurance since he was so little they did it in the OR…SOOO happy you can put that money to good use elsewhere!

  6. Donna Jordan
    October 26, 2010

    Wonderful!! Wouldn't be the first miraculous healing I have heard of in the last few years.

  7. KTBrad
    October 27, 2010

    What a relief!!! Maybe she can make a cast out of tp one day for fun 😉


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