Saturday, July 12, 2008

We returned our Daughter

Actually, we returned her to the ER last night. What is up with us and the ER on a Friday night? The pain had become so bad she had to take another pain pill. When I cleaned her surgical sites, I realized that one of the rods was pulling against her skin and slowly, slowly ripping her skin (and everything underneath to the bone). We called the orthopedic surgeon who met us at the ER (which was full and so we went to a room) and I had to convince him to open the site on one side and stitch the other side where it had torn. Mr. Greenjeans and I assisted, he numberd her arm and made cut a place for the rod to move into.

The Dr. thought her pain was from being tense and under medicated so sent us home with a stronger pain med and a Rx for Valium. Whatever (and saying that in our house will cost you $.25 so I don't say it lightly).

As a result of easing the tension on the rod, she is much, much relieved of her pain this morning and can bend at the elbow without ripping flesh. Yes the site of the break aches but is managed with aspirin and Motrin. Gee, silly us.

You have got to love small towns. We got the Dr. out of the stands of the Rodeo, through the full ER, helped care for our kid and what needed to be done and were home in less than an hour and a half from phone call to home again.

9 comments:

Songbird said...

This just sounds agonizing!

Becca said...

Oh man! That all sounds miserable! Here's to hoping for a quick {and relatively painless} recovery!

Christy said...

Poor kid! That sounds horrible.

Melissa said...

sending good thoughts for a speedy recovery!

Robbyn said...

Goodness! So glad she is in less pain now!

ElastiGirl said...

good for you - being strong advocates for her care!!

d. moll, l.ac. said...

Good Heavens, I hope she is continuing to improve. I just don't know about these rod things, what happened to old fashioned casting?

Verde said...

Thank you all for your kind comments. d.moll., the Dr. thought that the bones would collapse on themselves in a cast - in the 24 hours she was casted they had already started.

LisaZ said...

As elastigirl said, good for you being an advocate in the ER! Hope she is doing better...
Lisa