On Wednesday night after a long day of freezer cooking with my sisterchicks, I'm getting ready to run a tub when I get a call from the husband. "I think Jake broke his wrist. I'm bringing him home. Get ready to drive him to the hospital." Honestly, my first thought was that it was just sprained, but Dave insisted that it looked broken. Within minutes I was on my way to the hospital. I usually go straight to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, but this time I went to a closer hospital- I figured it wouldn't be a big deal. As soon as the nurse unwrapped his hand, we KNEW it was broken. Look at this thing!!
When getting ready for x-rays, Jake mentions that his other hand hurts, but not bad. They decide to x-ray it too and what do you know, it's also broken!
Because they didn't have pediatric orthopedic surgeons, they had to transfer him to Children's Healthcare...by ambulance. Ugh- more money down the drain!
Both wrists are broken as well as one arm. Here he is after the third dose of morphine- finally comfortable.
They ended up putting on a very tight tourniquette and injecting a numbing solution. First his arm turned purple and then the solution turned it white and splotchy. After that, they moved each bone while doing an x-ray in between. Once they were in place, they casted the arm.
Here is Jake with both casts. The long one had to be vented- he had so much swelling, his fingers turned purple. That's why the ace bandage is around it.
While sitting outside as we prepared for our garage sale, he got a wonderful surprise- a cookie bouquet from my sisterchicks Amanda, Staci, Mandi, Kristen and Mandy!
Today he woke up in serious pain and very swollen fingers. We were worried about compartment syndrome, which can cause permanent nerve damage, so we headed off to the orthopaedic surgeon, where everything was declared fine. The said if he can make it through Saturday, the risk of compartment syndrome will be pretty much gone. He goes back next week to get it re-x-rayed and have the cast fixed.