Earlier last month I was able to spend two full days at the LDS Homeschool Conference. It was absolutely wonderful! I left feeling so encouraged and renewed.
Saturday afternoon, after having not seen my family since Friday morning, I got a phone call from my husband.
"Where are you?"
"I just pulled into the garage."
I walked into the house and heard little Mowgli crying, but it wasn't just a regular cry. My husband walked over to greet me and said, "He broke his arm. You have to take him in."
Just moments before I pulled into the driveway, Mowgli had crashed on his ripstik and had a serious break. It was obvious just by looking at his arm that it was definitely broken.
We loaded him up (along with Bud) and I took him to the Insta Care near our home. The doctor said he didn't even want to bother checking him in because he knew he couldn't help him and that Mowgli needed to be seen at the ER. They put him in a sling and then we drove the 20 minutes to the hospital.
In the emergency room it was confirmed that he had fractured both the ulna and radius. He was sedated and had the bones set. I sat at his feet as he was put to sleep. I thought I'd be fine to sit right next to him as his arm was set as well, but once the doctor did a major yank on that broken arm, I stepped out and watched from a distance.
It took him a couple of hours to fully wake up. He sure gave us some giggles as he acted a bit silly! We took all sorts of video of him because I knew he would love to see himself like that. And he did! He was showing it to his cousins over and over again!
At home that night he spent a lot of time resting and trying to manage his pain.
Nine days later we visited the pediatric orthopedist for his cast. We were seriously disappointed when we were informed that he wouldn't be getting a cast but rather he required surgery the following morning. It was definitely not the news we were expecting. The bones weren't healing properly and needed to be re-broken and set in place with pins.
This news was given on a Monday afternoon. Due to another major comitment that week, I had a couple of hours of panic and was so relieved when my mom offered to drive the four hours to come help. She was a lifesaver!
Tuesday morning we headed to the hospital. Everything took longer than expected and I felt so sad for Mowgli and his starving belly. There was a mix up with insurance and so for over an hour we thought the surgery wasn't going to be able to happen at that hospital. Phone calls were made around and around. There was talk about the surgery taking place the next morning instead. I insisted that could not happen. He was already fasting, my mom had driven four hours, the surgery had to happen today. I nearly had tears at this point, nearly.
The surgeon said he would make sure the surgery happen that night and that his staff would find an opening at a different hospital. I spent time on the phone with my insurance company on speakerphone with the hospital reps and we were finally able to get it resolved. I was so relieved!
Mowgli had the most wonderful nurse. She explained things so well to him. He learned SO much that day! Here she is showing him photos of the operating room. He also had a visit from an OR nurse, surgeon, and the anesthesiologist.
I wish I had a photo of him being wheeled away to surgery. He was so chill. He had his legs crossed and his arms folded behind his back. The staff commented on how relaxed and pleasant he was.
After surgery he spent a couple of hours resting. Poor kid was in a lot of pain.
Two pins in place.
One week later we were back in the surgeon's office for a check up and a cast.
He chose red (which surprised me, because he'd been talking about getting pink or yellow the whole time.) After his dad saw it he said, "That's our rival's color!" Mowgli laughed and couldn't believe he had picked the University of Utah color! He's a BYU fan through and through! :)
A few weeks after the accident he took this photo so he could sell his ripstik. He has since changed his mind and is back to riding that thing all over the place.
Well, this story doesn't end here. This cast will stay on for one more week and then he will get the pins removed and will have a second cast put on. Hopefully in 5 or so weeks, he'll be cast free.