Join Date: 05-24-2003
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One bad night....
It started out like this... got a call yesterday at work from our neighbor who was watching my 3yr old boy while my wife photographed a wedding. She said my boy took a tumble while leaping for the rings on the monkey bars and he wasn't letting anyone touch him. She said that his arm popped when she helped him stand up like a dislocated elbow. I left work and took him to the ER where the X-ray revealed a stage 3 elbow fracture. The doc called it a supracondylar fracture or something like that. They called in the orthopedic surgeon who said they needed to work on him within the next 8hrs due to swelling and possibility that the bone may compromise the skin and come through or that the nerves and vessels that run atop the bones could be damaged.
This is when the fun started....they tried for 45minutes to get an IV started in his right arm/hand/wrist. Not sure how many of you have kids but this is not a heart warming experience. Your child screaming at the top of his lungs with pure terror written all over his face as the stick him time after time. They tried to start IV's in 6 seperate locations. They finally got another RN to come over and she was finally able to get a good one. I was furious but at the same time very understanding if that makes any sense. Here's a 3yr old calling the RN's "stupid baby heads", screaming don't stick me with that again, don't touch me, kicking, flailing and crying. Dad's present trying to keep the child calm and you can't get it started. It has to be tough but I don't have to like the site either. I finally gave my wife a call because I didn't want to interrupt the shoot unless is was completely necessary in between attempts and she got there about 1hr before surgery started.
To make a long story a little shorter they ended up completing a 2hr surgery and had to do an "open" reduction of the bones and install Kirschner pins to stabilize the fracture. I got home about 4am and tried to sleep until 8am while my wife stayed behind to sleep in the chair/beds they offer for parents. Needless to say, we are all tired and hoping the bones heal properly since the break was in the growth plate region. Please keep my boy Chase in your prayers.
Can you say 6 in a ROW!!!!
Last edited by Mavic; 10-10-2004 at 4:20 PM.