**Warning- Semi-graphic pictures below. If you have any sort of weak stomach, you might want to prepare yourself, or not read on–though it’s a great story. This is also a longer post, so if you don’t read all of it, I understand.**
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I’m channeling my spiritual side today. If I don’t…well, you might guess what F would stand for in today’s A to Z Challenge post (and yes, I’m aware I missed my letter post for yesterday, so I’ll catch up Sunday).
Here’s my day yesterday. (This is, in part, an email to a friend)
Things have been a bit tough here in the Rhose household lately. Yesterday they got a little more…shall I say challenging? It began with a cartwheel that went very, very wrong.There was a boy doing cartwheels, and Andee got the urge to show her friends she can do the flips too. ‘The girl’ cannot do cartwheels! She knows that, we all know that.
Double LL break 4-21-2012
About 11 a.m. I got a call from the school that Andee–yes, the birthday girl from just days ago, challenge letter ‘C’–broke her arm. So, I asked the school secretary ‘how bad’ and she said, “It’s, uh…well, ah, mmn–You might want to look for yourself.” I knew right then it was bad. I asked which arm, although I already knew deep down. The left. Again. Three years ago (almost to the day!), 4-21-12, she broke her left arm in the middle of both forearm bones when she fell off a gate at her dad’s house.
Mr. Rhose had to stay home with his dad, so I took the girl to the nearest hospital and spent three hours in the treatment room. Finally, the Dr. set it and released her. Luckily, she only broke the radial this time, instead of both as last time. But I looked at the x-rays, beforeand after he set and splinted it, and it didn’t look any better when he was finished. See, Andee BREAKS her arm, not fractures, not cracks, not clean breaks. lol Just short of compound, total displacement, so it has to be reset into place, under sedation. She did that to both bones last time. Her arm was (capital) ‘S-shaped’ three years ago. This time it was a lowercase ‘s’. lol
As soon as that dr. released her I immediately headed to OKC and the Children’s hospital. I should have gone there first, but it’s almost an hour away and not knowing how much internal damage was done, I thought it best to go to the closest one. Wrong. I won’t make that mistake again. That dr. only gave her a pain shot before he set it. She was screaming.
Andee’s mom was able to meet us at the first hospital just after the setting, so they followed us to OKC at around 2:30 p.m., where we spent the next nearly 6 hours. As soon as the Dr. there walked in Andee asked, “Why do I think I know you?” I looked at him and realized right off that Dr. Williams is the same Dr. who treated her three years ago!
They got x-rays from the first hospital and immediately agreed with me that it was not set right. Called the ortho dr. and then we waited for consult, free time to fix her and a free room to work in. Since the ortho dr. uses constant x-rays to make sure the bone is set right before they splint it, there couldn’t be anyone in the adjoining bed, and they were full last night.
New single bone break 4-7-2015
New single bone break 4-7-2015
The ortho on call last night wasn’t the same resident as three years ago (Austin Taylor was young, but oh-so hot! lol and has since graduated), but the gal last night was great and very nice. She was finally able to get to work at 6 p.m. and Andee was waking up by 7. Yes, OU Children’s always knocks her out completely. Thankfully, Andee broke her arm before lunch so there was no full stomach issues to worry about when they sedated her. We looked at the after x-ray again and you can barely tell where it’s broken! Such a clean job.
Final X-ray 4-7-2015
We finally got released at a little before 8 p.m. and home just after 9, after a pain med fill (thank God for all night pharmacies!) and food for the girl. Poor thing was starved! lol So…Monday we go for the cast. She’ll return to school tomorrow.
Oh–and her ortho dr. for casting and follow-ups? Also the same one she had last time. I’m glad because we really liked Dr. Stockton. And I had to promise Dr. Williams I’ll bring Andee to visit him Monday when we go back.
Current splint before Monday’s cast. 4-8-15
For now, this is my Andee.
As soon as I have the other X-rays I’ll share those for anyone who cares to see what the initial break looked like. I’ll also post updates on casts and healing progress.
I could write a book of my life! LOL Until next time!
I don’t know what’s going on with my formatting. Please excuse this mess. 🙂