The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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It was a warm, rainy, summer day and Drew was walking home from his friend’s house. As he started getting closer to his house, he saw all his friends outside playing football in his neighbor, CJ’s, backyard! Excited and eager, he ran home to put his things down and rushed over. Drew is a sixth grader who loves to be around his friends and can’t get enough of playing football. This game however, would be the one that would affect his life the most. It was quite humid out that day and it was drizzling as well so their playing field was a bit wet.

The weather never stopped him and his friends from playing outside though. When he finally arrived at his house, he changed his jacket and his sneakers, and rushed over to CJ’s. The backyard had turned from solid dirt to wet, slippery mud. To the boys, this made the game a lot more fun. Drew was finally subbed in to play offense. His quarterback threw the ball to him and he was running as fast as he could to the touchdown zone! He was dodging all of his friends and only had to get past one more to get to the zone. As he was running towards his defender, about to juke him out, another defender came charging through the side and slammed him to the ground. This was no ordinary fall, though. As Drew was landing on the ground, he heard a crack coming from his left ankle. He knew it was bad when his friends didn’t start laughing at him for falling, but instead expressed great concern for his ankle. Surprisingly, he didn’t feel pain- instead it was more of an overall numb feeling. Nevertheless, one thing he definitely couldn’t do was walk on it.

He was propped up on a chair and called his mom. She was out at the time; therefore, he was at CJ’s house. She had figured that it was nothing and that Drew was stretching the truth a little; therefore, when he called to tell her about it, she responded with, “Ride your bike home and ice it”. He ended up just waiting on the chair until his father, who was on his way home from work, would come and pick him up. When his father first looked at his ankle, he knew right away something was wrong and rushed Drew to the hospital. His father was surprised to hear that there was no pain, but overall relieved as well. When they arrived to the hospital, they were taken into a room and Drew got multiple x-rays. The nursed asked him to position his foot in different ways in order to figure out what had happened. When the results came in, it turned out that he had fractured his growth plate! This came to a surprise to him considering he didn’t feel pain or anything at all considering it was just numb. Drew couldn’t have been more mad with the result. The doctors casted it up, and he went home dreading the idea of being in a cast for two months. Out of this experience, he did learn one thing- never play football in the rain!

It’s all Fun and Games until Someone gets Hurt

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