Any ideas on how to teach my 9 year old (very theatrical) Haitian daughter why she should not sit on her newly repaired leg?
Got a call today from the school nurse as Vanessa was wailing in pain in the background. She put me on the phone with Vanessa who was speaking in tongues due to the drama. Thanks goodness the nurse understood when I explained her low tolerance for pain and flare for drama, emphasizing the fact that I did not want to pick her up from school unless really needed (really don't want to start that pattern of classical conditioning). The nurse agreed and mentioned that Vanessa had asked for her brother. So dear brother, who she usually harasses, was called from class to rescue his not so little sis. Following big brother's assessment of the situation he proceeded to use the nurse's phone to call and inform me that a pin may have come loose and he thinks that she will need another surgery. I reminded him that watching medical shows on t.v. does not grant him the expertise to make medical diagnosis. Nor am I "that kind" of doctor. We then agreed that I would call the nurse back in 15 minutes and come to the rescue if she had not calmed down. I figured that if it was a serious injury to her hardware, that she would not stop crying despite x amount of time. Big brother proceeded to do a hero job of calming Vanessa down in his very scientific way "take deep breaths to return the oxygen to your leg!" then escorted her back to class. By the time dad had picked everyone up she was perfectly fine. What a relief! In chatting with Vanessa I am convinced that her leg and foot fell asleep.