As most of you have already heard through the social networking site that tends to kill my blog ‘news’, Carson has a spiral fracture in his tibia. Apparently this injury is so common in kids, it’s actually dubbed a ‘toddler fracture’.
Joel found this article that basically details exactly how Carson was injured:
Moral of the story? Don’t go down a slide with your child. And, if you do and they get hurt, have their whole leg x-rayed. Everyone has asked how the doctors missed it in the first x-ray last week? Well, they only x-rayed his ankle and that came out clean.
As the week went on, I kept telling myself he was getting better. I really thought he was healing. Then, I started remembering all his uncharacteristic behavior- not being busy on his feet all the time, not wanting to bear any weight on it, not sleeping well at night, full ankle mobility yet still limping- my instincts told me there was something else wrong. And, there definitely was. I actually called Joel this morning before the appointment and said, “ I think it’s his leg. He’ll move his ankle and foot just fine but when I touch his shin he shudders and cries.”
Man, I feel like one crappy momma right about now. Why didn’t we notice earlier? My poor little guy has had a broken leg for a week and has been miserable. I know he will heal, and yadda yadda yadda, but my mommy guilt is tremendous.
The good news is, is that it did not break all the way through and there will not be any long term or alignment/growth issues. He is only supposed to need to wear the cast 2.5 weeks and it IS waterproof, so it can’t be that bad, right? I just hope it makes his little leg feel better so he can go back to being my happy little guy.
Here’s his full leg cast in all its glory:
It goes almost all the way up to his hip.
Those are some sad, tired eyes after a long day in doctors offices.