Jennifer Pearce

Hi there! My name is Jennifer and I am one of the newest members to MomTalk and JustKiddin'. I am a 40-year-old mother who works outside the home. I live with my husband of eleven years and our two young daughters. After being a stay-at-home-mother for six years, I re-entered the workforce when my husband was briefly unemployed. When he returned to work, I chose to keep working due to economics and the age of my daughters at the time. I now work as the advertising manager of a community newspaper and appreciate how working has gotten me much more involved in my community. However, I often miss the opportunity to spend more time with my daughters, or to volunteer more time with their school and activities. My older daughter is a 10-year-old fourth grader, and my younger daughter is a 6-year-old kindergartener. Their many activities and my husband’s complicated work schedule make scheduling our number one family challenge. He works a rotating shift in a retail store that includes many nights and weekends. We struggle to preserve our time together as a family and make the most of it, while still finding time to accomplish our individual goals and pursue our favorite interests. My interests include reading, writing and photography. I love taking family photos and completed a Project 365 in 2010, taking a photo a day for the year. It was a wonderful experience to document our life for a year and appreciate all the little pieces of it. I am currently working to put the 365 pictures into a scrapbook…if I can just find the time. I look forward to sharing our journey with you here on JustKiddin'!


Broken Collarbone, The Full Story

Last week Connie suffered two major blows. The first one was physical when she fell out of a tree she was climbing on New Year’s Eve. The second one was emotional when we found out that she broke her collarbone and would have to give up gymnastics for 2-3 months.

Any faithful readers of my blog know that Connie’s world revolves around gymnastics more and more, as she has currently spends 13 hours per week at the gym. Anyone who has met the girl knows that it’s not just about competing or being on a team, she’s a physical child who is always moving, climbing and flipping.

When Connie first got hurt, a neighbor boy came to the door to alert me. She would not let me pick her up, but she managed to get up on her own and come into the house. She cried for the better part of an hour, while we administered Ibuprofen, iced her shoulder and debated whether to seek immediate medical care after hours on a night known for partiers on the road and a busy E.R.

She didn’t have any outward signs of injury, no discoloration or swelling. In that first hour, we planned our strategy of where we would go, and got our older daughter fed.

Just was we were about to go, the tears stopped, Connie sat up straight, asked for food, and seemed like herself again. Her arm still hurt, but suddenly the situation didn’t seem all that serious. We decided to wait and see.

Connie slept well, and the next day was a holiday so I was with her. She remained on Ibuprofen and ice. We saw a nurse practitioner in a social setting who advised to continue what we were doing, but seek medical attention if the pain lasted more than 3-5 days.

The next day was gymnastics. I knew Connie would never be able to do a 4-hour practice but I thought her coach might have advice and that perhaps Connie could stretch out a little bit or do something for an hour or so.

Coach took one look at her and immediately saw what I had missed, perhaps because I was focused on her shoulder. Her right collarbone was swollen and even a little discolored. He thought it was probably fractured and dislocated. I immediately took her to our practice’s urgent care office in Jacksonville.

That doctor gave her sling, sent us to Onslow Memorial Hospital for X-rays and made an appointment with a specialist in Orthopedics for the following day. The X-ray confirmed the fracture and dislocation. The specialist put her in a Figure-8 band, basically an ace bandage wrapped around her neck and shoulders to keep her posture correct for healing.

In the next part, I will go into how this will affect her everyday life and gymnastics season.

Has your child suffered an injury or illness where you had to make the decision of whether to seek medical advice or treat at home?  What decision did you make and do you regret it? 

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