Then Thing 2 broke her arm.
I ran into a friend the beginning of the next week and she said, "That's two!" I hadn't even thought of that. I conjured up some third disaster, which I can't even remember now because it was so small, and assured myself that would be it.
But it wasn't.
I made an appointment for Thing 2 to go to the Fracture Clinic at Primary Children's Hospital. I didn't know at the time they're only open on Wednesdays. They got us in at 2:00. An hour before I went to go pick her up for her appointment, Thing 2's horseback riding instructor texted me that Doc, the horse she's been riding for the past year, died.
We had gotten wind he was sick, there is another girl who rides him and her mother had texted me on Sunday to say Sorry about Thing 2's arm, and that Doc was feeling poorly and was in a stall in the barn, not out in the corral like usual.
I had decided not to say anything to Thing 2 until that evening, when I picked her up at school she said another friend of hers who goes to the same barn had been out there the night before and reported Doc wasn't doing well. She teared up and asked me if we could go visit him after her arm appointment.
I couldn't lie to her and say "Oh yes, honey, we can go out there right after your appointment! I'm sure he'll be happy to see you!"
So I told her. It was already too late, he'd died that morning.
Of course she was devastated, and my delivery was terrible... the school parking lot is not the place to deliver that kind of news. We would barely make the appointment anyway, and she started sobbing and saying she couldn't go to the doctor now... I agreed but I was kind of stuck. She cried all the way down the canyon but pulled herself together for the doctor. I don't know why they figured she was kind of weepy and tender, one woman asked if it hurt a lot and she agreed.
The doctor at Primary's, but the way, was baffled by the weird splint the ski resort had put on her, his first act was to take it off. He confessed that he didn't understand why they'd bother splinting her arm, but even more curious was why they'd splint her arm two inches below the break. Maybe if they had ran the splint up over her shoulder or something? But below the break? No sense whatsoever. He also told her 4-6 weeks of being careful, but from that day, not from the day of the break, so he basically moved her dates back a week. Talk about adding insult to injury. Our next appointment would have been 4 weeks later but that fell right in the middle of our spring break and I already knew we'd be leaving town. They never move appointments up, always back, so her follow up appointment will be the week after we get back.
I took Thing 2 out to the barn last week, she had ridden a new horse just before Doc died and she wanted to just go to the barn. While I was there I ran into the groom girl, who said he had gotten out when someone was feeding them, and come to the arena and found her and just stood in front of her. She said she almost didn't recognize him, he looked so awful. They called the vet and did an ultrasound on him and found a tumor on his kidney. He died three days later. He was 20. Too young, and very sad.
Thing 2 took two for the team on the series of unfortunate events for the family.