Kid #3 woke up on Friday complaining his shoulder hurt. I figured he'd slept on it wrong, so I told him we'd keep an eye on it and go to the pediatrician on Monday if necessary. By Monday it seemed to be bothering him less, so we didn't go to the doctor. Today, a preschool teacher lifted him out of the van at school (holding him by the ribs, not the shoulder), and he burst into tears. Realizing he was still in pain, I drove home and made an appointment with the doctor. I picked him up around noon and took him to the doctor, who checked him out and sent us over to the hospital for x-rays. The poor kid has a hairline fracture of the clavicle and has to wear a sling for six weeks.
I still can't figure out how this happened. Possibly he hurt himself roughhousing at school on Thursday, or goofing around with the girls in the afternoon, but his teachers never saw him acting as if he were in pain that day, and neither did I. The only other possibility I can come up with is that he fell out of bed during the night. Anyway... this is the first broken bone any of my kids have suffered, and I feel terrible that I didn't take him to the pediatrician the instant he complained. Even though taking a "wait and see" approach is usually the right thing to do!