Friday morning at 11 AM, J fell off her pogo stick onto her right arm (dominant). She has a high pain tolerance so when she was still crying 30 minutes later I knew that we needed to go to the hospital. Chrissi was trying to get her mind off of it by going to her happy place in her mind, the beach, etc. It wasn't working. Chrissi then asked her what was her greatest dream in her whole life. J emphatically replied, "to be with my mom." Awwwww..... The sweetest thing.
We arrived at our small county hospital at 11:45 AM. They finally took x-rays at 1:30. The NP came in to tell us that it was a compound fracture and in 3 different places. Two of them were in the growth plate. They didn't give her anything for pain until 3:30. Not kidding. J was very calm and patient. At 7 PM we were still waiting for the surgeon. At 7:00 they gave her another pain med and in 15 minutes she was screaming in pain. Her heart hurt, her lungs, stomach, and she was itching all over. I'm about to freak out. They evidently gave her some bene dryl because she calmed down in 15 minutes. At 7:20 I cleared out the floor and had a hissy fit. 7.5 hours of being calm and patient had just ended. 15 minutes later they wheeled her back to the OR with me in tow. I stayed with her the whole time they popped them back in place. 10 minutes later we were back in the room and she was waking up. Another hour of making sure that she was ok and we were out the door to Sonic to feed that poor child. She hadn't had anything since breakfast at 7:30 AM so she was starving! During the hospital visit she confessed that she was jumping without using her hands. I saw her on the way down to the ground so I missed the hands part.
Finally at home after 10 PM. One VERY long day. They had prescribed lor tab for the pain but since I'm extremely allergic I was afraid to give it to her when I couldn't watch for reactions. I gave her ad vil instead and she slept through the night and has been pain free. Still worried that they did a closed reduction on a growth plate but we'll try to deal with that next week. She goes back to the surgeon on Friday to check since it's not in a cast but a splint with a sling.
Eternally grateful that Chrissi was here. Cannot imagine having both of them in the ER for that long.
It's going to be a long few weeks with a high motion kid immobilized. She's frustrated because she can't do much. I concur. G saved the day yesterday and came to ride her around for amusement. Bless him he stayed at the hospital for a long time too.
Counting my blessings that it's the first trip to the ER for broken bones. Our AT called to check on us at the hospital and she said she'd love to see the stats for how many RAD kids had broken bones. Breaking everything around them yes but not themselves. It would have to be interesting.