I was not expecting to find out that he is 99.9% positive that she has 2 broken bones. I was not expecting to hear that the other bone is the scaphoid bone, which is the nastiest of all bones in the wrist to break albeit the most common. 3 of his 4 x-rays showed "something" on the scaphoid.
"Scaphoid fractures are known to have unpredictable healing. This is due to the unique anatomy of the scaphoid itself. The fracture often cuts off normal blood circulation to pieces of the bone. Also, one set of wrist bones (yellow) attached to one end of the bone pull in different directions than others (white) attached to the other end of the bone, pulling so strongly that it may not be possible to hold them together with any type of cast. For this reason, these fractures may heal slowly (delayed union) or not at all (nonunion)." Oh joy
I have to take her for an MRI on Thursday morning, well first we have to zoom back to the ortho's office have the cast cut off, have her arm taped, zoom over to the MRI place and get that done, then in the afternoon go back to the ortho's office to find out the results and get the appropriate cast put on. He is leaving town on Friday and doesn't want to go without finding out what's going on with Lily. At present Lily's cast is even bigger than the one she had put on in the ER as it covers her thumb now too. No school for Lily on Thursday so her Spring Break will start a day early.
If she does have a fracture of her scaphoid she will be in this type of cast for 10 weeks but hopefully, fingers crossed, she doesn't and she will have her thumb back out and the cast will go up to her shoulder and she will wear that for 3 weeks then he will replace it with one that goes up to her elbow and is waterproof so that she can go back to swimming.
On a very positive note, the new xrays today showed a marked improvement in the break in the radius. The bone is broken straight across, clean from one side to the other, but the difference today from Thursday is amazing. It is hard to even see a really clear break now whereas on Thusday night is was really obvious.There is still loads of swelling on the bone and it looks deformed but the actual break looks great.
And so I introduce to you, Monkey. Child no longer has an opposable thumb, therefore she has earned the moniker, Monkey.
|Monkey gets her cast.|
and all the way across the pond in the UK it turns out Nannis might be joing the club of people with broken bones. She is waiting to hear if she has a broken ankle, for heavens sake. Hop on a plane Nannis, I'll take care of you I'm getting good at this cast business.