These are Addy's original x-rays from the ER the night she broke her arm.
Clearly you can see how bad the breaks are..
After 8 1/2 weeks, 3 hard casts, 2 soft casts, 6 bone resets & manipulation (with only being under pain killers twice), and about 6 different doctors,
we are happy to say that
Addy got her cast off!!!
She was pretty nervous at her appointment yesterday, but both mommy and daddy were
there to comfort her so that always helps. At one point, a new doctor came in and grabbed her arm. UGH. Addy flipped out. I intervened and informed him she was traumatized. He understood the look on my face, luckily and backed off. He then proceeded to have Addy touch her own arm and tell him if it hurt. She liked this much better. He asked her to squeeze his fingers with both fists so that he could see if she had any strength in that arm, which she didn't have much of.
They took more x-rays and one view seemed absolutely perfect but I was not completely happy with the other view. Her bones still look bent to me. I brought my concern to the doctors attention and
more than one doctor came in to reassure me that they would straighten with growth.
I am still not convinced, but Nate said he feels good about it.
I have a few things I was unhappy about throughout this situation. First off, I really feel that it was unnecessary to continue re-breaking and re-setting her bones. She is 4 years old and they should have done surgery. This is my personal opinion and also the opinion of other doctors I have talked to about it.
Second, one of the times they re-set her bones, her doctor had an intern do it.. now, if this was an adult, with the adults consent, go ahead and TRY to re-set it without much experience. But on a 4 year old??? Who already is traumatized? Besides, it didn't work. He wasn't able to get it in place, so that was a complete failure with my daughter left in excruciating pain.
Once seeing that her bones kept slipping, they should have sent us to a specialist. Again, my opinion and I probably should have just done it regardless, but this was our first bone issue and we didn't know any better.
After talking around and getting info, I wish I would have listened to myself and done something different.
There's nothing I can do now and we'll just have to hope an pray that she doesn't end up with chronic pain in her arm any time the weather changes or she's playing sports, or writing long essays in college or whatever.
I hope Nate's feelings about this are spot on and that she's going to be okay.
I do tend to be over-reactive at times. I guess time will tell.
Her pour arm had this lizzard-like skin on it. Grandma Johnson helped her get it all off that afternoon. Her little arm seems so fragile right now. I'm just glad that she can start using it again. It's been long overdue.
I'm really worried about it. But we'll see....