fell off of a bike rack (the kind you lock your bike to), breaking her left arm (upper arm near
the elbow - bottom of her left humerus). After a frantic drive to
the ER we were told that she would require emergency surgery and a
night in the hospital (a parental nightmare). The surgery
went well according to the doctor (he said that he lined up the
bone and put two pins in to keep the bone in place). She (and I)
spent a night in the hospital to make sure the were no post
operation complications (which there weren't). Sierra is left
handed, meaning it is going to be a rough
start to the new school year.
taken (everything looks good), and told us to come back in a week.
taken, replaced cast (second cast - green this time), took another
round of x-rays (to make sure
everything stayed in place), and told us to come back in a week.
"tingling" in her arm Monday night (August 31st), complaining of a
"funny feeling" in her forearm. On Tuesday we called the doctor, who
said we should come in so he could take a look. After taking an
x-ray and comparing it to previous x-rays, the doctor concluded that
the "funny feeling" was caused by the pins pressing against a nerve,
and the pins had to come out immediately. Apparently the pins slowly
"migrated" through the bone and up against a nerve on the
other side. Sierra was a
trooper as they took a plier like devise to twist and pull the pins
out. It was brutal to witness, although this should be the worst of
the remaining pain she should experience (at least until physical
therapy). They recast her arm (third cast - blue this time),
took x-rays (to make sure everything stayed in place), and told us
to come back in a week.
X-rays taken (everything looks good), and told us to come back in a week
to get the cast off for good! We are all excited that the bone is
healing so well and that Sierra is going to get her cast off sooner than
X-rays taken and cast taken off for good! She will start physical
therapy next week.
September - November
Weekly physical therapy, slowly getting back range of motion.
At some point during the month Sierra needs to go back into the surgeon
and be x-rayed to make sure the bone continues to heal properly.
The break was near her growth plate, and there is a fear that this will
affect the growth on the elbow end of her humerus.
I'll keep you posted . . .