Just popping in quickly for an update. It's been a busy three weeks here in the Archer household with two lots of surgeries, specialists appointments, lengthy clinic waits, xrays, two hospital stays and a lot of time off school for Jammo after he broke his wrist badly at school during a basketball game.
I got the dreaded call from the school three weeks ago yesterday around 2.20pm to let me know that he had fallen heavily after slam dunking during the game and falling backwards and he was being taken to hospital by ambulance and that I should get there as soon as possible. The Student Services lady from school was distressed and anxious during our phone call which freaked me out! And she kept saying how much pain he was in and that the paramedics had to be called three times before they showed up.
Anyway, it's been a loooong three weeks. And we have spent some time here.
He was in enormous pain and on morphine and other stuff to try and get his pain levels down but they were still sitting at 8/10 as we waited for surgery. We were told there were twenty orthopaedic surgeries scheduled that late afternoon/evening but due to the severity of the break and the fact he had tingling in his fingers and major swelling he was moved to the top of the list.But as he had last eaten at 11.30 am that morning and it was now around 4pm, he wasn't allowed to have surgery before 5.30pm.
So we waited.
Anyway, to prevent this from being a massive post..basically they did a closed reduction which is manipulation and pushing together of the broken bones and then attaching the plaster and hoping it all holds together! We spent overnight in hospital. Jamison slept off the anaesthetic, morphine and pain relievers and I slept in a hideous, hard, plastic covered mattress pull out single bed next to him and got about three hours disjointed sleep! was a loong night.
He has a massive plaster cast right up to his shoulder and has had a lot of time off school. We went back for a routine xray about 10 days later and after two xrays they decided to admit him again to hospital and he went into surgery again as the bones had moved and weren't healing as they should be.
We weren't expecting that news so we weren't at all prepared for another stay in hospital.
The second surgery went ok. He was really bad when he came out of theatre this time and in immense pain as they had really pushed and pulled his bones in surgery this time to make sure they did knit in the correct position. Thankfully though he didn't need wires or a plate which they had discussed before he went into surgery.
The plaster this second time is twice as thick as before and his wrist is at an awkward angle to make sure the bones heal as they should..so the plaster is heavy and cumbersome and goes up almost to his shoulder. He's not allowed to have a fibreglass cast (which is lighter and waterproof!!) as the break was so bad and they need the heavy plaster to make sure it all sets ok..
And finally, we had another xray at the start of this week and we both held our breath as the xrays were checked and they said while the bones aren't perfectly aligned, they were adequate and he could stay in the plaster for another four weeks for now and we have to go back then to see what happens next.
He will have to have physio apparently when the plaster does come off.
Of course, this is the shortened version of events because a LOT happened during the three weeks and this would be a very lengthy post otherwise!!He is adjusting to the plaster ok but sadly for him, there will be no footy this season for him and he hates the fact he can't play sport! But he's doing ok and counting down the days until his next appointment!