Loukas Name Day and a trip to A&E

According to the Greek Orthodox Church, every day of the year is dedicated to the memory of at least one (usually more than one) saint or martyr. If someone is named after a saint, then there is a big celebration on his or her name day.  Since we have been in Cyprus we always have a small celebration on the boys name days, as they both have their own - Leonidas is 15th April and Loukas 18th October. 

We don't celebrate them as we would a birthday but they get a card and a small present and we usually meet up with friends for a picnic in a park, and of course there is always cake!

Louka loved his card, especially because it had his 'face in the circle', and his new Fireman Sam sticker book that he let Leo do with him. They spent quite a while doing it together with very little moaning between them which is a very rare occurrence in this house!

The boys spent the morning playing and watching tv while I prepared some food for the picnic and made cakes for us all.

Of course, they couldn't resist 'helping' with the cake making process...

We headed to the park to meet our friends for our picnic,  the boys moaning they were hungry all the way were not impressed when I made them wait for the others before eating, of course as soon as they arrived all thoughts of food disappeared as they ran off to play together!

All was well for a while until we heard a loud cry from Louka, we hadn't seen but apparently he fell off a ladder leading to a small tree house (one he has climbed with no problems many many times).  I ran to console him as he was very upset and took him back to the table for a cuddle.

We examined his arm, and established that he could move it as normal and wiggle his fingers, and although he looked sad he soon stopped crying and them curled up on me and fell asleep.  It's been a long time since we've used his pushchair but it lives in the car so I put him in there , where he slept for about an hour.

He woke with a cry looking a bit bewildered but soon livened up once he saw the cakes and eventually walked off to play.  I was not convinced his arm was 100% right but figured it couldn't be broken or he'd not be able to move it or at least wouldn't go walking off!

We carried on as usual until bedtime, with him just saying every now and again he was sad because of his arm but not making any more of a fuss than that.  As he literally threw himself into bed though he landed on the bad arm and once again cried quite a bit - well quite a bit for Louka anyway!

However he calmed down quickly and went off to sleep so I assumed all was ok.

Monday morning came and I packed them off to school, pre warning Louka's teacher that he'd hurt his arm but seemed ok really and to ring me if they needed me.

After getting no calls I picked him up as usual at 1pm and all was well.   We collected Leo and then Louka tripped over, landing on his bad arm in the process,   he cried, a lot but still calmed down quick enough and moved it all about easily.

Deciding it would be best to get it checked I packed drinks, snacks and his tablet into my bag and we set off for the hospital, only to encounter a power cut just as we got into the lift!

Thank goodness for snacks and a fully charged tablet!   Louka was alarmed at first at being trapped in a small dark lift but thanks to crisps and 'Angry Birds'  and talking to my Mum through the door he was happy enough.

About 30 minutes later the power came back on and we emerged,  'Now go fix arm?' he asked.

So I arrived at A&E with a happy looking boy, who while I was explaining the purpose of our visit, raised  and waved both arms in the air to get me to pick him up - the receptionist did not look impressed!

Luckily enough though, we were the only people in the waiting room and it was not long until we were seen by a couple of sceptical looking nurses who examined him.   Louka didn't even flinch during it so they must have thought I was an over anxious mother but they sent us off for an xray anyway.

I'm sure you have guessed where I've been going with this,  and sure enough to their huge surprise the xray showed that he had indeed broken his arm. Cue much fuss and attention for the little brave boy!

We were in and out of the hospital in less than an hour and back home to show off his 'special bandage'

The following day Louka went to school without a single complaint for the first time since September being excited to show off his arm,  the novelty is now starting to wear off several days later unfortunately but hopefully he won't have to keep it on that long.  We have been advised maybe 3 weeks but tomorrow we take him back for an update!


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