It's been a very long 24 hours. Especially long for Luke & David! Last night during Austin's All-Star Baseball game, Luke was playing Playground Tag. He was climbing up the outside of the slide and when he got to the top, he fell. He landed on the left side of his face and on his left hand. It was 9:30pm. By the time David got him from Arlington to the hospital in Bellevue, it was 11:00pm. They were there till 1:30. He has broken his arm at the wrist --both bones right through the growth plate. It was a very bad break. They sent him home with instructions to go to the ER at Children's Orthopedic first thing this morning.

We arrived at Children's at 8:30am. They were expecting us and everything went very smoothly. That is one fantastic place. It has been over 15 years since I had to bring one of my kiddos there --- but they were so fabulous. Within the first 2 hours, we had seen over 10 docs, nurses, aids and volunteers. They all spoke directly to Luke and then completely took care of us. We had to wait till 11:00 to get prepped for the surgery. Not surgery where they cut him open and do a repair ---but surgery nonetheless. The scariest part of the whole day was when they called me outside and explained the procedure. When she told me the side effects of the meds -- you know that 1% of the time stuff? - I said what????? Of course, David had chosen that moment to not be there!!! Finally, I asked the Doctor, what would you do if it was your son? She said - give him the drug. I guess that they use the drug 10 times a day and have never experienced anything bad.

So off we went. First they put the IV in --- then gave him a sedative --- then administered the drug that basically turns off the parts of his brain that sense pain, but keep the brain stem working so that they don't need to intubate him for breathing. She basically said it was the equivalent of giving him a six-pack of beer and then giving him a hallucinogenic! He would dream and not be fully asleep - but have no pain and not remember a thing.

Sure enough --- that's what it did. The Orthopedic Surgeon came in and after he was under ---started yanking, twisting and pulling on his hand the whole while streaming a continuous ex ray so he could see what he was doing. It was fascinating. At one point, he even braced his feet against the wall for leverage he was pulling so hard!

All is well - Luke is asleep and his arm is in a hard splint until Tuesday when he will get the cast on. He isn't in any pain - just bummed that he is missing out on the fun at the Lake today. I have some pics on my cell phone --but have no idea how to get them off there!

Here he is right now:

luke asleep arm


mustangkayla said...

Aww...poor guy! Glad he's not in any pain! Sorry you had to go through that, I bet it was scary! Hope he recovers and heals quickly!

~Tiffany~ said...

Poor baby! Glad all has quieted down for you.

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