I’m not kidding when I say that YouTube saved us $1000 this past Friday; it really did. We ended up with a little “adventure” on our hands after driving up to the White Mountains on Friday. But keep reading…
We went to Loon Mountain, as a last day of “summer” kind of day. I’ve been going there since I was a little girl and have always enjoyed the beautiful views and fun gondola ride up the mountainside. It’s one of my favorite places. Nate and I even spent our honeymoon there. I find the mountains so peaceful and calming, and with my surgery coming up quickly next week, I needed a dose of peace for sure!
Once we arrived, we rode in the gondola up the mountainside to the beautiful summit at 2,750 feet. At the top, we walked around to see some of the viewpoints. There’s one section with glacial “caves” that you can go in and the kids were excited to head down there. We started in that direction, but then Luke started screaming. Now he was in a mood that day and throwing lots of stubborn almost-two-year-old tantrums (it didn’t help that he missed his nap) so it took us a few minutes to realize that something was wrong.
Luke’s elbow had pulled out of the socket again – aka Nurse Maid’s Elbow. The same thing happened back in June and I took him to the ER. The doctor took 2 seconds to pop his elbow back in and then sent us a $1,000 bill. I was told that Luke would be more likely to get nurse maid’s elbow again. I just wouldn’t have guessed it would have happened on top of a mountain! This time, Nate had been holding Luke’s hand while walking along with him and Luke threw himself on the ground, as 1 year olds like to to do. I guess that’s all it needed.
So there we are standing on top of a mountain with a screaming 1 year old and three other kids asking “Why can’t we go to the caves? I want to go to the caves! Come on, let’s go!” And then it starts pouring rain. Really? You can’t make this stuff up, folks. I tell you!
Our choices were to head back down the mountain and go to the clinic down the street or to the hospital 30 minutes away. Or we could try to pop his elbow back in ourselves. We hadn’t done that before, but we decided it was worth a try since so many people had told us how they’ve easily done it with their kids at home, saving their child from a lot of pain and themselves the $$ doctor bill. Of course, if it was really needed, we would have brought Luke to the doctor in a second.
There was no way around it; we had to head back down the mountain. By that time, I was practically in tears myself. So much for my day of peace; I was more stressed than before, feeling so bad for my poor Lukey in pain!
At the base of the mountain, we had phone reception again and Nate looked up YouTube. We found a video - here. We figured we’d try it with YouTube one time quickly and, if it didn’t work, we would buckle Luke in the carseat and drive the 2 miles to the clinic.
Thankfully, that didn’t happen – with the very first try, Luke’s elbow popped right back in place. He stopped crying, reached for his sippy cup, and then squirmed to be put down so he could run around with his siblings. It worked! I was so relieved! Thank You, Jesus!
After a short rest, we climbed back into the gondola and went back up the mountain and to the caves. Luke climbed up and down the hundreds of stairs like nothing had happened.
And I had my moment of “peace”
So not only did YouTube save us $1000, but it also saved us a fun family day. Now that’s a blog post I never thought I’d write, but that’s the Mom Life for you!