Sierra's broken elbow

August - November 2009

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August 13th

Sierra 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.

August 20th

X-rays taken (everything looks good), and told us to come back in a week.

August 27th

X-rays 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.

September 2nd

Sierra had "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.

September 10th

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 expected!

September 18th

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.

May 2010

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 . . .

Click here to see some photos from her ordeal

 


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