Tuesday, September 18, 2012
When It Rains, It Pours (Sept has not been a good month)
2 Sept - Theresa complains of bug bites on her back. Marks are red but not raised.
3 Sept - She says the bug bites are worse. I look again and instantly know what I am seeing. It is of course a holiday so our doctor is closed.
4 Sept - Confirmation from doc that she has shingles. She gets anti-viral med horse pills.
8 Sept - Shingles looked all dried up so I send Theresa out to play with friends. She flies off her scooter. Her arm hurts but not much.
9 Sept - Arm still hurts a bit but not much. Friend checks it out (she's a PT) and thinks it's broken.
10 Sept - After much ado with insurance, get into the walk-in clinic for x-ray. Her arm is broken. Now to get to the orthopedist but insurance moves slowly so by the time that is straightened out, we can't get a same day appt
11 Sept - Orthopedist says it's a simple buckle of the bone so no need to set the bone; it's nicely lined up.Given choice of splint or cast;choose splint and off we go.
17 Sept - Pouring rain so Theresa decides to run into Fantasy to not get so wet but in the process slips in entry way and falls - we're guessing she landed on her elbow. I thought pain was like a funny bone pain so not overly concerned.
18 Sept - Wake up to find she's taken Tylenol at 2am because her arm hurt so much. Elbow is swollen and she is experiencing sharp shooting pain. Thankfully I can bypass clinic since we still have a few visits left in our orthopedist referral. They x-ray and confirm her elbow is broken. She gets a temporary cast and an appointment for surgery tomorrow.
I decide to be a good citizen and stop to vote on our way home (after lunch and picking up Rx) - her arm hurts so she stays in car with windows down. I am in the church for less than 5 minutes and it goes from overcast to a deluge with wind - poor kid is getting rained on but can't do a thing about it.
How do moms with really sick children survive this roller coaster?