In a homeschooling house full of 7 kids & 3 guniea pigs....there is never a dull moment! A lot of people show genuine concern for us and want to know how we are doing, as the road we've left behind was not a pleasant one. So, here I am, to tell some of our stories...share some of our days...and open up a part of our world to you! Come join us on our journey so you won't miss the moments that take our breath away!
Monday, May 7, 2012
Boys will be boys!
Wow! Has it really been nearly two months since I've blogged here! My how time flies! Well, in my defense, I have been quite busy and a bit "under the weather"! But...I'm feeling better now and things are calming down a bit....well...maybe "calming" down is not a good term to use around here.
As you know, in our house there is NEVER a dull moment and this past weekend has proven no different! On Friday, Emu found himself in a very unfortunate position. In his dream to become an all star basketball player, he made an attempt (with the help of a few siblings and a friend) to "slam dunk" a ball. This stunt went very bad and he ended up with a souvineer.
I personally didn't see the "fall" but I knew I had a very hurt little boy on my hands. The problem with Emu is that he becomes non-verbal when something is wrong or different...so, it took about 30 minutes of examining him from head to toe to figure out what was hurting. I finally narrowed it down to his right arm...and then I saw "it"!
His bone was protruding out enough that you could see it was broken or maybe dislocated. He didn't have a scratch on him, which didn't make sense and we weren't getting the "true" story of what happened but were just told by a few "bystanders" that he ran and fell and got the wind knocked out of him. The pain he was experiencing was excruciating and after 45 minutes from his fall, I was off to take him to the ER.
The parking lot was full, but still, we were taken care of very promptly. When you sign in to the ER you are immediately given a quick evaluation by a Registered Nurse. Usually, you then sit in the waiting room (while more urgent patients are seen ahead of you). Then you are taken to triage and returned to the waiting room yet again before finally being taken to a room. This time was much different. We signed in and after his quick once over we were immediately taken to triage. Instead of returning to the waiting room, we were taken back to a room. Within 5-10 minutes we were taken for X-ray. As they were looking over the pictures before dismissing us from the room, I overheard them talking about a splint and then they decided they needed more pictures. Then, we were returned to our room. Within just a few minutes, a nurse came in and said that she heard we were back from x-ray and that they needed to get ice on his arm. So, she propped his arm and gave him ice.
Soon, the doctor came in. Before telling us the news, she really pushed for an answer as to what happened. I was unable to truly say what happened and Emu wasn't saying a word to anyone. We were repeatedly questioned by countless people and I began to feel uncomfortable with what they must have been thinking. When the doctor told Emu they had to know what happened, I begged Emu to tell the truth and that no one was going to get in trouble but that we really needed to know how he got hurt. FINALLY, he looked at Hawk (who had been acting very suspicious) and said "Hawk knows, he can tell you". Hawk finally fessed up to what really happened. He tilted the Portable Basketball Hoop down so that Emu could "slam dunk" the ball. Emu grabbed ahold of the rim just as all the kids who were out there jumped on the base. All of the weight on the base caused the hoop to return to an upright position...with Emu holding on to the trim. He fell off and the rest is history.
The doctor informed us that his arm was indeed broken. She said that they had done things backward and already had an orthopedic surgeon look at his x-rays. The surgeon wanted him put in a splint and to be seen in the office on Monday. The doctor was very brief about his injury but spoke for what seemed like an eternity about Emu being developmentally and language delayed. It was what seemed more like some weird counceling session about my child whom was not "normal". I just smiled and nodded hoping she would soon be done with her lecturing and giving of her opinion but I must say it was quite annoying. He got his splint and a prescription for Motrin and we headed home.
On Saturday, Emu was quite uncomfortable and was suffering a great deal of pain. We were pretty faithful about putting ice on to control the pain and swelling. 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. We even took a cooler and his icing supplies to Hawks soccer game. I later spoke with the ER nurse about his immense pain and she said it was ok to give him Tylenol with codeine that he had from a prior prescription. Yet, an hour and a half later, he was still experiencing a great deal of pain. Coming from a kid who was evaluated at a year old to see if he had a pain disorder where he feels no pain, it was quite concerning that his pain was not relieved by such a narcotic. I spoke with the nurse at our insurance company and she advised that he needed to return to the ER if we couldn't be told otherwise by the ER nurse. Upon speaking with the ER nurse a second time, she said he did indeed need to go back immediately. She said that they would be waiting for us.
As promised, they were expecting us and they were quite ready. They had called in an Orthopedic Surgeon to look at him. Right away, they determined that the splint that he has was a terrible splint and that was causing most of his problems. I was concerned that they were possibly missing an injury so he was evaluated for a fractured shoulder. All seemed well, but yet, they could not understand his intense pain. The surgeon decided that he could still not be put in a full cast, but ordered a half cast to be put on him. So, he was half casted and we were instructed to call the office Monday morning.
Sunday, he woke up miserable in pain. After a dose of pain med, ice and elevation, he began feeling better. Later that day, he was complaining once again. He could also not keep his balance and fell numerous times. Being right handed, he instinctively always caught himself with his right arm...OUCH!!! That night, he was hurting a fair amount. I went downstairs to get his pain medicine and a few minutes later I heard a "thump...thump thump.....bump bump bump thump" I looked over and there was Emu head first with his arms stretched out in front of him at the bottom of the stairs. Of course he was in a great deal of pain. I gave him his medicine and propped and iced his arm. A few hours later he woke up in pain. I propped his arm and he fell fast asleep in my arms where he slept the rest of the night.
Monday morning, I called to get him an appointment with the Orthopedic surgeon. They insisted they couldn't get him in until Thursday. So, I called the Pediatrician and got him and appointment there. They wanted him to come right away, so, I woke him up and off we went. Once he was up I quickly noticed that he seemed to be more himself. By the time we got to the Pediatrician's office he had resumed to his normal activity level. Of course I would not have been concerned had I given myself the opportunity to observe him before wisking him off to the dr. and of course she had no concerns. She actually complimented me on the fact that she's surprised that we don't have more injuries like this in our house and how lucky we were that this was our first injury of this kind, lol!
So, at least he is happy and in a controllable amount of pain. We anxiously await for his appointment on Thursday to get more x-rays and to get his full cast. It really stinks that he has lost his summer. He was getting ready to do swimming lessons and he was going to play baseball this summer. But...boys will be boys...I guess there's always next year!
And...in case your wondering....No, Hawk did not get in trouble for lying and no he did not get in trouble for doing something I constantly yell at him for doing. I promised Emu if he told the doctor the truth that no one would get in trouble, so I couldn't go back on my word (though trust me, it killed me) and anyways, I knew how guilty and horrible Hawk feels and really I think that is plenty punishment. When we are at fault for something we feel a great amount of guilt and we punish ourselves. I think Hawk learned a lesson...and I hope the other kids learned a lesson as well.