Small Things 8-13-13
1. Cast is off. Bones are healed really well–surgeon is very pleased. Less pleasing is the amount of granulation around the pin entry sites. (ie: extra flesh grew up around the sites–looks like little tumors where the pins were. ew.) Because the cast removal/x-rays/pin removal was so traumatic for my little guy, she’s waiting a week to see if they slough off on their own. Otherwise they’ll cauterize the sites so this can just go away.
And it was traumatic. He does not like x-rays–I think they just plain scare him. And the cast removal–noisy saw. No matter how clearly Cast Dude showed him it can’t cut skin, I don’t think Hen really believed him. Then the removal of the pins. Holy hell. PA uses pliers to grab the pin & yank. *gulp* Blood, pain, those scary blobs of flesh around the wound. Hen would like to never ever ever take his bandages off again, thank you very much. He was a bit perturbed that we were leaving the cast behind, but was mollified when she wrapped his elbow in gauze. Right now, I understand that. I’d sort of like to wrap this whole child in gauze for the next 15 years. Mummy Boy!
Also, it does look like he’s sustained some nerve damage. Right where Mama’s nerve damage is! Yay for knowing exactly what he’s going through, but ugh for him having to go through it. His index finger & thumb have a ‘wiggling’ amount of movement, but he can’t come close to closing a fist with them. Not sure if he has any feeling in them. He’s probably been dealing with some nerve pain/discomfort at nighttime. (Think aggressive pins & needles + occasional zinging pain like striking your ‘funny bone’. Not fun.) Surgeon recommends against physical therapy for a kid this young. She’d rather wait a couple of months to see how far he comes on his own & I’m inclined to go with her suggestion. He’s already starting to use it, then remembering and stopping himself, but it’s a good sign. Also, after last night’s no-cast sleep, he’s straightened it almost all the way, so he’s having no trouble with the mobility of the elbow itself, so that’s good. It’s just wait & see on the hand. Which kills me.
But in the meantime, it’s SO MUCH EASIER to deal with life with no cast. He’s still prohibited from playing in the water, but it’s easy enough to put a cast cover on a couple of bandaid-level bandages. And he had his first bath in a month last night, so YAY for a non-stinky little boy with clean hair! He was adamant about not wanting a bath, but once he got in? There was no getting him out. Kiddo was ready to hang out in the tub for the duration. Which was fun to see. It’s been a summer seriously lacking in fun for him.
2. Just got my winter garden seeds–carrots, parsnips, spinach & lettuce for fall/winter harvest. This is really the first time I’ve tried a cool weather garden, so we’ll see how it works. Despite the cool weather, garden tomatoes are starting to produce. This is a massively good thing. And speaking of massive, you should see the size of the zucchini I pulled outta there yesterday…
3. Still loving on baked zucchini. (Which is an excellent thing, given how many we’re likely to see.) And we’re still hauling in gallon sized bags of blueberries every other day or so. Never knew a cat would up our blueberry harvest so dramatically.
4. Tantrums are still happening more often than I’d like. I know it’s lack of sleep related, (hell, I feel like pitching a fit over little things, too) but it’s still hard to watch my sunny child get all stormy. One more casualty of this awful summer. Last night I think the culprit was a bandage that slipped down his arm & stopped protecting the blobs. They’re apparently capillary-rich and sensitive, so it was probably uncomfortable. Plus he was doing all that ‘stretching out the elbow’ stuff that adults have to be manipulated into doing not-quite-voluntarily because it hurts. He’s napping now, and I’m hoping that it’s a good nap. We could all use a bit of a break.
5. Yay for the library and our wonderful kids’ librarian. She gave Hen a whole sheet of ‘vehicle’ stickers she’d been saving for him, found us a few Rosemary Wells books on school anxiety, and generally engaged him in conversation on any number of garbage truck related subjects (after noticing the general theme of our books selections!) Three cheers for people who make kids feel important and worthy of attention.