Thursday, April 23, 2015

First Broken Bone

I got a call Monday afternoon from Benjamin's teacher. She told me Benjamin was injured during recess, and was all scraped up. She disinfected his scrapes, but didn't have large enough band-aids to cover them. So we picked him up from school, got him home, and fixed him up.

But he complained of his wrist hurting. He fell on it when this other kid crashed into him during whatever game they were playing. He was pretty upset about it. He could still move his hand, but we thought we'd take him to the ER to get it checked out since swim camp was coming up, and since he was so distraught.

The ER doctor didn't think much of it either, since he could move his hand, and didn't seem to be in a phenomenal amount of pain, but he had it x-rayed anyway... and it turns out it's a good thing we took him in, because his radius was fractured and displaced.

Which means swim camp is off... as are swimming and gymnastics probably through the end of the school year.

They gave him a plaster cast for now, and we see the orthopedic surgeon in another week to see whether it's healing properly with the cast, or whether he'll need surgery to fix it.

The photo on the left represents his actual feelings about the whole thing, and the one on the right is his trying to put a happy face on it, or maybe thinking about using his cast to bash the head of the kid who steamrollered him.

He's not in too much pain, and he's quickly becoming adept at doing things with one hand. Fortunately (or not, depending on your point of view), he is right-handed, so can still do his schoolwork. We're all pretty disappointed about his sports season being basically over for the year, though, since he's been working so hard and making such great progress. We hope he heals up quickly and that in September, he will be able to pick up where he left off.

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