Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Fractured

In the ER with the lacrosse player. Hip injury. Long night ahead.

If you are a friend on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter, you might already know what is going on. To my close friends that I haven't been able to talk to yet, I'm sorry I haven't been able to let you know what is going on in a more personal way. A quick tweet that automatically updates everything is all I have been able to muster. It has been a long few days.

On Monday night, Jacob was injured while playing in a lacrosse game that was more than an hour and a half away from home. I wasn't at the game and I couldn't possibly be more thankful for the caring families that supported and cared for him until he was with me. After a long ride back to civilization (the game was in the boonies), we spent a very long night in the local pediatric emergency room. What was initially thought to be a muscle tear turned out to be much worse. It was determined that Jacob has suffered an avulsion fracture in his hip on his upper thigh bone. If you are like me you are probably wondering what the heck an avulsion fracture is. It means that his leg muscle contracted in a way that pulled very very hard on his ligament. Young and strong as his ligament is, instead of tearing, the ligament pulled a chunk out his femur bone. So, it isn't a fracture that goes through the bone, it is a piece pulled right out of the bone. The location of the break is such that it can't be cast or bandaged.

We have been referred to a local sports surgeon that will assess when Jacob can return to regular activities. He can't bare weight for 7-10 days and he is out of sports for 6-8 weeks. If you know my boy, you know that there isn't a more devastating thing in the world for him than being told he can't play. The doctors have him on some major narcotics for the pain and it would seem he may be having a reaction to them. He has had vomiting after two out of the last 3 doses. Poor guy. We are hopeful that he won't need surgery though, and that's a good thing.

We will continue to take things very slow and day by day I know he will heal. Keep him in your thoughts...


Recovery

10 comments:

Alice said...

Oh no, how terrible! I hope he heals quickly, but also that he realizes the seriousness of doing too much too soon.

And how frightening for you to not be there at the time it happened. A few years ago my youngest daughter went skiing with my sister and her family. Sarah hit a tree and ended up in a trauma center half way across the country from us. And this was just days after the actress died from a head trauma after a skiing accident. You can imagine the fear that went through us. Fortunately, after the broken bones, eye socket fracture and 'road rash' healed she was back to her normal self. But to this day it still gives me chills.

I'll be keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers, and crossing my fingers that no surgery is required.

momster said...

Hi Kerry - so sorry for you and Jacob and the worry you experienced.

My now 13yo had a similar fracture but just under his knee very near the growth plate - they said it was a tibial plateau fracture.

He had surgery to suture the pulled away patch of bone back to where it belonged and 2 years later he is still a great and enthusiastic athlete.

Will be thinking of you all! Hope he can get a narcotic that doesn't make him sick - that's no good!

TesoriTrovati said...

Sweetheart! I am so sorry that this has happened. But I am so glad that he was well cared for while he was out of your range. That is such a blessing. With my kids who are always on the road with a team this is something that I worry about as well. I will be adding you and your son to my prayers for a speedy recovery. Sending you happy thoughts.
Enjoy the day.
Erin

Courtney said...

I am so sorry. I hope he mends quickly.

SummersStudio said...

I am so sorry for all of you, especially, Jacob. I have a similar reaction to narcotics that are codeine derivatives and it is really the most awful feeling. If it's a sensitivity to codeine derivatives, and a lot of narcotics are, maybe you can ask for something else. I have to use pain meds right now and am using alternatives that work just fine. Thinking of you and sending healing thoughts your way.

Laura Twiford said...

Kerry, so sorry to hear all of this and i will pray for Jacob's quick and complete recovery. Pain meds can also wreak havoc on the stomach if not enough is in there at the time. Take care and thanks for sharing with us.

Patti Van said...

I did see your updates on FB and I am so sorry is has to go through this. The hardest thing in life is to see a loved one in pain...sort of a helpless feeling. I am keeping all of you in my prayers for a speedy recovery!

Diana P. said...

Oh Kerry, that's awful! Here's to a speedy recovery!

Shaiha said...

Oh my goodness. I will be sending energy for healing his way.

CraftyHope said...

Goodness! It sounds like you and your boy have been going through a lot the last few days. I hope he heals up well and you'll be in my thoughts and prayers.