I'm voting to cancel Mondays! (more)
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|Tue, 04-01-2003 - 7:52pm|
Yesterday I spent with DS in the ER. Come home from work and settle down thinking, "Oh, a nice quiet night at home watching the new Third Watch and the new Crossing Jordan," right? WRONG. Ds comes in about half an hour later complaining of excruciating pain in his wrist. He was checking out the new skateboard park (all cement) they just opened off Lake Shore Drive and Wilson a few blocks from our house. According to him, it was great except "there were just too many people" including a LOT of little kids ("6 and 7 years old and NO CLUE how to skate, man") one of whom proceeded to crash into ds (who wasn't even on his skateboard at the time) full-tilt and knock him down. Mom the nurse slaps an icepack on the wrist, and forces 2 Aleve down ds' throat. After an hour or so, I inspect the wrist more closely, since ds is still complaining bitterly. Gee, it does look a LITTLE swollen. Let's call the doc. Bad move, since upon hearing mom's description of her physical assessment of the wrist and hearing ds' account of how the injury occurred, the doc says, "Hmmmm....it COULD be broken. You need to go to the ER and get some Xrays." So we spend 4 hours (from 8 PM till midnight) sitting in the ER. ER resident FINALLY reads the Xrays and says, "Well, there's too much soft tissue swelling to be sure. But he can't close his hand all the way into a fist and has VERY significant snuffbox tenderness (medical lingo, which I already knew and had TOLD the pediatrician when I talked to HIM earlier, LOL). We're just going to assume he has a scaphoid fracture and splint him. Call and make an appointment to see Ortho in a week. They'll re-Xray him then. If it is broken, by then the swelling will have gone down and they'll get a better film, plus they'll be able to see any callus formation (bone healing) that may have occurred in the interim." Oh goody. No cast. Maybe ds will still be able to play baseball and volleyball on the high school team. Splint? No problem. Visions of those cheapo little leather doodads that fasten with Velcro one can buy in the first aid aisle at Walgreens or Osco dance in my head. Unfortunately, the resident returns with a whopping Ace Bandage and plaster gizmo that immobilizes ds' arm from elbow to fingertips! The thing looks just as bulky as a regular cast and weighs a TON. (Ds is wearing a long-sleeved T-shirt with tight sleeves and cuffs too. Oh joy. How is he going to get THAT off when we get home???)
Mom to ds: "Don't think THAT's gonna get you out of doing homework. Too bad for you it's your LEFT wrist, huh?" DS: rolls eyes and grunts.
Mom to ds: "Jeez, why don't I just pull up in front of the house on Mondays and honk, and you or whoever else needs to go to the hospital that night can just run out and get in the car???" DS: (patiently) "Mom. There's no need for sarcasm." (There isn't??)
Mom to ds: "Oh, helmets aren't COOL. Oh, wrist guards aren't COOL. Well, spending 4 hours in the ER and having to pay your however many hundreds of dollars ER bill isn't cool either, buddy!" DS: rolls eyes and grunts.