Is it or isn’t it?

By Laura Kelly-Pifer


Spring is here and it’s in full force.   As a family we’ve been spending more and more time outdoors and I absolutely LOVE it.  And, while being on Ultimate Reset, I’ve found that I have so much energy that I want to be out doing things.  The kids too, have gone from coming home after school and playing the Wii to heading out and riding their scooters, walking with friends, playing basketball and practicing their soccer moves.  And with all of that, it leads me to today’s blog post.

I’m sitting inside working on dinner and get a call.  It’s my oldest daughter who is very shaken and she tells me to come down to the garage and help her.  She had been practicing some soccer moves after a game and ended up rolling her ankle.  Bailey was lying on the pavement (Thankfully she had her cell phone with her!) and as I picked her up, she was limping and was uncomfortable.

I got her inside and situated as best as I could.  We took off her shoes, sheen guards and socks to see what damage had been done.  Other than her telling me she was in pain, there was no visible evidence that she had hurt herself.   I had Bailey stand up, do a few things to see if it seemed broken and everything pointed in the direction that it was more of a sprain than a break.  Thank goodness!!

I had her RICE and take an anti-inflammatory medicine.  Have you ever heard of the term?  Here’s what it stands for:

R = Rest

I = Ice

C = Compression

E = Elevate

These things helped keep the swelling down.  But, after a full day of school and walking and standing, guess what happened?  Bailey came home with a big, fat swollen ankle!


(This pic was taken 4 days after Bailey rolled her ankle….it’s looks even grosser now!)

After seeing that, I decided that I decided we better get a Doctor’s appointment just to confirm it wasn’t broken.  Thankfully, X-rays show that it’s just a sprain and Bailey will heal as long as long as we continue the RICE treatment and she doesn’t play sports for the next week or so.

Knowing that I’m not the only mom (or dad) out there that’s going to treat any injury this season; I wanted to share our story.  At first I felt guilty about not taking her to the ER.  Was it broke or not? Was I acting calm and showing control so that I wouldn’t show fear in the situation we were faced with?   I tried to be rational about it but in the back of my head I was still wondering if I did the right thing by waiting until we saw the Doctor.   Thankfully it wasn’t as serious as it could have been and we made out just fine.

Have you ever had a moment where you second guessed something you did as a parent?  I’d love to hear how you overcame that.  Drop me a line at, comment below or leave a comment on my facebook wall.



Laura Kelly-Pifer is a Fitness Coach who strives to help others by giving hope and support to those that are dissatisfied with their current situation. Whether you are lacking physically, emotionally, financially, or nutritionally she is here to help you see REAL RESULTS!


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