Saturday, February 14, 2009

Rugby Road Trip

Chad loves Rugby - and has played for years. He fell in love with the sport when we lived in Mexico City and he played on his British school team. Rugby is a lot like football, but without the protective gear. It is a rough game and injuries are common - not a favorite game for a mom!

Chad plays on the Baylor team as a scrum half. The position requires good handling skills as well as quick reactions and the ability to spin the ball off both hands. Scrum halfs are the first tackler in defense and are behind every "scrum" to get the ball out and to maintain movement.

Baylor's last home game was on Saturday and we were determined to get to Waco to see him play - just a 3 hour drive away. However, due to a meeting earlier that morning, we were about 10 minutes late to the game. Chad was already sitting on the sideline with ice on his shoulder - not a good sign! While he wanted to see the rest of the game, the pain was just too intense......so off to the emergency room!! What a busy hospital on a Saturday! However, we were impressed with the triage...They sent the less serious cases to a different area - urgent care - which made it much easier for everyone. Chad was seen quickly by the orthopedic doctor on call, then xrays were taken. It was determined that he had seperated his shoulder from his clavicle tearing some ligaments - ouch!! They immoblized his arm in a sling, and sent him home with a prescription of vicoden. I was so glad that we were in town!!
We stopped by Subway to get his favorite footlong sub (a bit of pampering), on to Walgreens, then home to get him settled. While I hurt when he hurts, it was good to have the undivided time just to sit with him, even in an emergency room. No matter how old he gets, I want to be close when he is sick or hurt! Since it was Valentine's day and Chad had a date for his fraternity dinner (even with an injured shoulder), we headed off on our journey toward home. Charles and I celebrated at the Dixie Cafe - the half way point from Waco to Houston - and had a wonderful country dinner. While we didn't get to see his rugby game, we were happy to do a road trip to Waco..........Maybe next time! Go bears!! :)

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