Sunday, December 9, 2007

Saturday's Excitement!

So, Friday night at the ER, it somehow got passed over that it was Xavier's upper arm that was hurting. So, they failed to take x-rays of his upper arm. Saturday morning, his upper arm was still hurting enough to have break through pain. This is pain that is consistent even though he was on codeine. So, we went back to the ER. Now... let me tell you the story.

First of all, I slept like a rock Friday night. It's a good thing Gary was home. I know that if he hadn't been, I wouldn't have slept at all, but since he was, I slept almost all the way through the night. Xavier, however, did not. Apparently, codeine wakes him up. He has this problem with most medications that make other people sleepy. Benadryl sends him through the roof. So, here he was in pain and wide awake. Poor kid. Then, in the morning, he was in too much pain to eat. So, we went back to the ER.

When we got to the ER, they were very busy. We sat in the waiting room for 2 1/2 hours. They just didn't have any beds available. Finally, we got back there and they did some more x-rays. Now, it was about 12:30 at this time. After they did the x-rays, the doctor said something to the effect of, "This is very interesting." Now, when the doctor is looking at x-rays of your child's broken arm, interesting is not what you want to hear. Anyway, the doctor seemed to think that Xavier's growth plate had slipped. So, they sent us to the children's hospital in Louisville.

Xavier was not allowed to eat until the orthopedist had a look to make sure they didn't need to sedate him. Oh, if only they had sedated him! Xavier is a bear when he doesn't eat on a regular basis--every 2 seconds. Korsair's Children's Hospital was packed. So, Xavier spent the next 5 hours griping at everyone he saw about wanting to eat.

We had more x-rays taken. This also made Xavier unhappy. They had to move his arm to do this and it hurt. Then, the doctor imparted more good news. Xavier's growth plate hadn't slip, his shoulder is just abnormal. That's just the way he has grown. Okay, thanks.

Then, the doctor wanted to rearrange Xavier's arm to resplint it. Apparently, the reason for his continued pain was the position they had splinted his arm in. Now, it is his humerus bone that is broken, right in the elbow, straight through the bottom of the bone. So, it was pretty painful for the doctor to move it. I think that if Xavier knew how to curse, he would have been cursing that doctor up and down. Instead he screamed at her and told her that she was a "meanie". I felt so bad for him. It would have been much easier for him if he just would have relaxed while the doctor was doing it, but he was stiff as a board. We could not get him to relax. So, that's it.

Today, he's still grouchy, but with his arm in this new position, he's feeling much better. It doesn't hurt him near as bad. Plus, he's eating on a regular basis. And, I took him off the codeine and put him regular Tylenol, which means he got a pretty good night's sleep.

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