Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Ryan's injury :-(

My poor baby got his first boo-boo last night! And it was a hell of a boo-boo too! Dean had him on the bed with him, but had his hand on him pretty much the whole time. He moved his hand to grab something, and Ryan chose that particular moment to lunge forward...and rolled right off the bed!

Keep in mind, my bed is an 8" Tempurpedic mattress. We have it on a regular foundation AND another foundation to give it height, and it's STILL only 2 and a half feet off the ground! I never would have figured that the fall from that distance would hurt him! I heard him scream and ran into the room. He kept screaming for an hour. By that time, I had compressed pretty much every inch of his body to see where the pain was coming from. It sounds horrible, but the only way to tell where a baby is hurt is to find the spot where they scream the most when you touch it. I kind of determined that it was his left leg, from his knee to his toes. By that time, I was already suspicious that he had at least one broken toe, because they were bright red and swollen. So, off to the ER we went.

This is the 2nd time we've gone to Christus St. John's since Ryan was born. The first time was when he pulled out his umbilical cord and it wouldn't stop bleeding. Both times, I was extremely impressed by the reception. I've always liked that hospital more than any others...ESPECIALLY Clear Lake Regional (I wouldn't take my child there for anything. He'd probably die if I took him...they're that horrible!). But Christus St. John's has always actually cared about the person they treat. Their bedside manner is incredible. The first time, we took him there, he was only 11 days old, and they got him in within 5 seconds of getting there. This time, we waited a little longer, but the ER was empty...seriously, we were the only ones I wasn't really worried about him catching an illness from someone else.

The doctor came in within 20 minutes of being there, took a look and thought that 2 of his toes were definitely broken and possibly his leg, too. I thought my heart was going to drop into my stomach! They got some x-rays done, and that was pretty horrible too. They made me hold his leg down, which I can understand since he wasn't being still, but it made me want to bawl! Anyone with kids will understand that!

The x-rays came back ok on his leg; it was just bruised. The bones on his toes are still too tiny to show up very well, so he was having a hard time telling how badly they were broken, but he verified that they were. He thinks Ryan just hit the floor at the right angle to hurt him like that. :-( We have to follow up with an orthopedist to make sure his toes don't heal the wrong way.

Right now, my little baby is in so much pain. All I can give him in Tylenol, and it does seem to help a little, but he's been a really unhappy guy today. :-(