Monday, February 25, 2008

Our first broken bone

We knew it was only a matter of time before it happened. And we had our bets on this kid being the first. Now if only we GOT money for being right (instead of paying our lovely $1,000.00 co-pay to our insurance company)!! But what we didn't think would be the cause was something as simple as falling out of a bunk bed!! Nate's our high-adventure/no fear kid. We figured it would be sledding, tubing, the tramp, or a bike accident that would put our son in a cast. Instead it was a scout campout with his dad that ended in a trip to the ER at 3:00 a.m. Saturday morning.

They were staying in a lodge that had cement floors and Nate really wanted to sleep on the top bunk. My hubby let him, figuring he'd be just fine as he's 9 years old and sleeps on a bunk bed at home. Sam woke up to a big thud and Nate screaming. He figured he was just scared from the fall and brought him in to bed with him. But when the painful cry persisted, Sam flipped the light on to check it out. The second he saw his arm, he knew it was broken. Apparently there's 2 bones right where he broke his arm, and one of the bones completely dislogded and went "up and over" the other bone--YUCK! (I know all you moms out there are getting queasy just thinking about it--I am!!) So they packed up as quickly as possible, gave Nate a blessing, and headed down the canyon to the nearest hospital an hour away. A HUGE thanks to Ben Romney!! Poor guy had to get up at 3 a.m. and drive someone else's kid down the canyon to the hospital (Sam didn't take his truck)! We owe you your favorite treat, buddy!
Here's the x-ray of Nate's arm AFTER they "fixed" it. Do you see where it's still not lined up? That has me worried. Sam said they put Nate out and then 2 ER doctors spent the next 20 minutes twisting and wrenching on his arm trying to get it back into place. He stood there watching and bawling as Nate cried out in pain--even with being knocked out. I was glad I wasn't there for that! He broke it down close to his wrist, but VERY luckily missed the growth plate about an inch down (to the left). We go back in on Wednesday to see if it can be casted or if he will need to have pins put in (read: surgery). Keep him in your prayers, k?


This is the makeshift splint that my hubby used on Nate up at the Scout Lodge. Once they got the splint on, his pain eased up a bit. It just makes me cry to think of how much this hurt my sweet boy! And to top it all off--it's his left arm and he's Left Handed!! This should make school very interesting for the next 6 weeks. We told him it's a great opportunity to become ambidextrous!
On the upside of this whole thing, he's getting the royal treatment. No chores, staying home from school, get-well balloons, phone calls, presents. If it weren't for that pesky break in his bone, he'd be absolutely lovin' life!! Ah, life with kids--it's one big adventure, isn't it?!?!

10 comments:

Lesa said...

Awwwwwww! Poor kid. I hope he doesn't have to go the surgery route. I hope he is feeling better soon and back to being a kid.

laceemo3 said...

We are praying for you. Let us know what happens.

Marilyn said...

Oh my - poor thing - we'll pray that it heals w/o needing surgery!! Keep us posted!!

Jenny Kapp said...

That is quite the adventure!! Leave it to Scout camp to have a broken bone!! Kudos to Ben for the help. I do think you are lucky at not having to be there for all of the "fun?" Good luck!!!

Stampin' Meg said...

ohhhh ouch! Poor guy.Looks like they did a good job with the homemade splint. I hope that he is feeling better soon.

Aimee said...

So sorry to hear about your son... my prayers go out to you.

Erin Smith said...

That is so sad. Matt was happy to do the posters in exchange for missing the blue and gold. I was going to ask you to sub in sunbeams but Matt said no you were already filling in for him and you would be busy! Thoughtful isn't he? I hope the posters are O.K. He really had more fun making them than you would think.

Nicole said...

That night I almost had a heart attack as I heard someone in my house at 5 in the morning and my husband was suppose to up at scout camp. Hope everything is alright. I think kids are alot tuffer than we give them credit for sometimes. Take another picture for us when he gets the cast on. Thats probably what he is excited about and at least its not summer cause that can ruin an entire summer of swimming.

Becky said...

OH no, poor Naters, that is terrible! I hope that everything goes well at the doctors tomorrow. let us know if you need anything.

Alana said...

Ohhh, I hate that story. I'm so sorry your boy had to be the first to break a bone. The xray looks pretty scary. Hopefully it will heal well and he'll be back to his usual self in no time (not that he'd get tired of special treatment). take care, hon!