Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Air Mattress vs. The 7 year old.....

A lil shy of a week away from Thanksgiving my 7 year old daughter was getting ready for bed. It was a Friday night and we were behind schedule so I was trying to hurry them up to get to bed since the 2 girls had to miss school that day due to being sick with strep throat, and upper respiratory infections. Plus my 3 year old was sick with the same and coup and laryngitis, so I was having an AWSOME day! (All sarcasm there).
Since we are in the process to the big move and staying with my mother in law we have the younger 2 girls on an air mattress and the oldest on the couch in the living/family room. Well for some odd reason, probably to put her geek gear aka glasses away, Lo was getting back out of bed and caught her right big toe under her right foot and stepped on it! Being in the back half of the house I was unaware of this until she came and showed us her toe, I had my husband look at it and he thought it was just a sprain and we sent her to bed.
The next morning when I got a better look at it my gut instinct told me there was more to the sprain toe then we originally thought and I called into work to take Lo to the dr, this made our second trip in 3 days! When we got to the dr they wanted us to go to the hospital for a x-ray, never a good sign.
We went to the closest hospital for the x-ray and after the technician took the pictures, she viewed them to make sure they were good before sending us on our way home.... Well we didn't go home. Instead they sent us to the ER because Lo had in fact broke her big toe! Only my child I thought.
As we waited in the ER for them to call the orthopedic doctors to get his option on the matter and what to do, poor Lo was questioned and talked to by EVERY old sick person in ER it seemed like and she kept asking me " Mom why are they all talking to me" lol, again only my child! One lady came up and used baby talk on Lo and she had to ask when that lady walked away. " Do I look like a baby? She was talking to me like I was a baby!" (Laughs out loud) awwww kids!
After a long wait they came and told us that they were going to put her in a post opt boot until we could follow up with the bone specialist on Monday, but they were having to find a small enough boot! Apparently kids don't break their bones on the weekend in the South!
Another long wait and they come back with a long cart and a pair of crutches. GREAT I think to myself. She's going to break her arm or leg before we can even get out of the ER! They improvised on her post opt boot and gave her the crutches. Which were too big! Of course I didn't notice it until after we got home when my husband informed me of the fact. And when I really paid attention it was oh so obvious! Lol Thank God I took them away from her before we even got out of ER!
We got home and poor Lo had 2 days of staying off her foot til we could get to the specialist for further instructions, not an easy task for a 7 year old I am sure!
After a LONG weekend of " I'm bored", I called and made an appt for the bone specialist. We got in there later that afternoon and they were NO help at all! They took a whole 5 MINUTES with her! They decided to keep her in the post opt boot. I thought it made no sense at all! She is 7! And with a post opt boot her toe is exposed to being hurt again! But what do I know! I don't have the PHD in medicine, so of course I know SHIT! After the doctor gave his "expert" opinion, his shadow aka the nurse stayed and told us that due to our insurance we had to go see another specialist for the post opt boot! Ridiculous I know! That has made the 5th specialist in 4 days! So off we went to get the post opt boot, but wait! They took off Lo's rigged boot and she had no other shoe with her! Man! She is a 50lb kid with one shoe! And I barley push over 100lbs soaking wet! Now I have to carry her! FML! Thank goodness my husband was there and he got to tote the kiddo! Lol
We took the short trip around the corner to go get the post opt boot but again they didn't have the right size, AAARRRGGGHHH! I was getting so irritated at this point with this whole ordeal! Come to find out thy were at least able to order one but it would be the next day and they couldn't give me a round about time that it would be in, so another day of no work in order to manage the broke toe.
The following day we got the call that the post opt boot was in at 2:30 in the afternoon! A wasted day of waiting around! Finally though we got the boot and she was able to get back to school after the Thanksgiving break!
We follow up in 2 weeks to see if the toe healed correctly.
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