Sunday, February 06, 2011

Checking In

It's been a while.  Not much going on ....

Except ...

The flu is back. Underneath that blanket is a sick Eric.  It's been a cyclic flu season.  Seems Eric gets better for a week or so and then he gets sick again.  Eric is not happy that his sick times have coincided with Christmas break and weekends.  So far, he's not missed much school.  

Woody has a broken leg and ....

 . . . so does Jack! 
(casted Woody courtesy of Jack's nurse, Kristi)

As I've mentioned in the past, Jack's bones are very fragile and it doesn't take much to cause a break.  We took Jack directly to his orthopedic doc instead of going through the ER and, initially, I wasn't happy when he didn't cast him.  He was just going to send us home without anything until I mentioned that Jack needed some support when he is transferred from his bed to chair.  He gave us an ill-fitting splint, but it seems to be doing the job.  I emailed Jack's neurologist and asked her if it was common to not cast breaks for non-weight bearing kids.  She reassured me that fractures are common in kids like Jack and that it's typical to only splint - not cast.  Jack is on the mend and isn't in any pain (provided we are very careful with his leg).  Unfortunately, breaks are a big concern with Jack and, no doubt, there will be more in the future.  

We closed out this weekend watching a great Super Bowl game. I'm not necessarily a fan of the Packers, but I'm definitely not a fan of the Steelers, so I was happy with the outcome. :)  

a birds-eye view of everyone watching the game

(my dad had his hand on Jack the entire time he was sitting next to him -- very sweet)

I'm heading to Columbus, Ohio next weekend to visit my friend Anne.  I'm not so sure about the timing, Columbus in February = snow.  Hopefully there won't be any weather delays.  

That's the update from here. Thanks for checking in!


This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
(George Bernard Shaw)


worthy said...

Oh my Ann, poor Jack, and poor Eric Hope things are back on an even keel soon. Enjoy your time with Anne - I'm very jealous!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! Poor sweet Jack! I hope he is not in any pain with the break--though I know it can't be completely avoided. Sending lots of gentle hugs!

Have a great little vacation! Stay warm and have fun.

Susan said...

I would have questioned that decision too. I'm glad you got an answer and I hope Jack heals soon with the splint. That Woody is so dang cute. And I love Jack watching the game. It looks like it was a fun get together.

Christy said...

That Woody has no idea what's in store for him! ;-) I'm sorry to hear that Jack has a broken leg! I hope the splint does the job. I would think that would be more comfortable overall. Our HI teacher suggested casting a toy to help Harlie prepare for hers.

The game was a good one. Although there were a lot of sad folks where I was!

Oh, love the trash can by Eric - poor kid! I hope he feels better - and stays that way - soon!

Ann said...

Haha Christy ... you are so right - Woody had no idea what he was signing up for :)

I should add that Jack wasn't casted not only because he is non-weight bearing, but also because he can't move his leg on his own.

Marcie said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Jack's leg! Hope all the sick germs leave the house soon. Enjoy your time with Anne!