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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Jackie Fractured Her Clavicle. Again!

This is the third time.  Yesterday, Ben and Jackie were playing in my bedroom.  I don't know how it happened because I didn't see it, but I heard the impact of Jackie falling against my dresser.  I consoled Jackie and she calmed fairly quickly.  I checked Jackie's grip and blood flow.  The collar bones appeared to be symmetrical.  So, I thought Jackie was okay.  And within minutes Jackie was back to playing. 
Every now and then, Jackie would do her usual whine and say that it hurts.  Being quite the drama queen that Jackie is, I figured that was Jackie's way of getting additional attention.  I checked again for any apparent injury but everything looked okay.
Later in the evening, Jackie started complaining of pain again so I took another look at her shoulder.  This time there was a red spot but I still could not feel anything obvious fracture and Jackie's grip was still fairly strong considering that this was on the left side that is affected by the cerebral palsy.  I decided to call the doctor's office the next morning.
So this morning, I called the doctor's office first thing.  Thankfully, we were able to be seen by one of the doctors instead of being referred out to the urgent care or ER.  The doctor saw the red spot immediately and even though everything else appeared okay, the doctor was suspicious of a fracture.  So an x-ray was ordered which confirmed the doctor's suspicions. 
Being that this is the third time Jackie has fractured this clavicle, the doctor immediately put in a referral to see the orthopedic specialist at St. Louis Chilren's hospital.  It turns out that Jackie will be seeing her foot doctor's colleague.  The appointment is this Thursday.  I just hope this latest fracture has not compromised her strength on the left side any further than it already has been.
The first time Jackie fractured her clavicle occurred in March 2009.  Jackie fell out of her bed in the middle  of the night.  In most cases, kids fall out of bed in such a way that they don't end up with this type of injury.  At least, that's what the doctor explained.  But Jackie fell of bed at just the perfect angle to cause the fracture.  Those first couple of weeks following were harrowing.  Within a couple of days, while we were out on a family walk, Jackie suddenly tried to climb out of the wagon.  Because the wagon was in motion, Jackie tumbled out and landed on her head.  Thankfully, she ended up being okay.  But then a week later, Jackie was playing on my bed when, for whatever reason, she decided to do a forward roll, right over the foot of the bed.  She landed on the affected shoulder.  Jackie was wearing the immobilizer at the time but I still checked for further injury.  She seemed to be okay until the next day when she came down with a high fever.  So it was back to the ER where an x-ray confirmed re-fractured clavicle.  And the fever was apparently caused by a virus.  Poor girl was suffering that day.  When we went back to the orthopedic doctor, he reiterated to Jackie how important it was to not try to do gymnastics or anything else that might make her clavicle get hurt some more.  It was very difficult to keep her contained. 
So now here we are again with another re-fractured clavicle.  This has not been a good year for medical emergencies, especially so in just the last couple of months.  Between Jackie's trampoline accident, my gallbladder attack, Ben's bloody urine, and now this, I am very thankful that we have the insurance that we have.  Sure we're going to have a good number of medical bills but nothing that will break the bank for us.  And we already have higher medical expenses due to all of Jackie's therapies and devices.  Speaking of which, I really should consider starting a foundation for Jackie's expenses.  That would certainly help us out a lot. 

I also should start a foundation for vacation time for me. Is anybody willing to donate to my vacation fund? Just kidding.  Seriously though, I do think I need a mini-vacation from it all here. 
With all that has happened in just the past couple of months, I'm surprised the law hasn't been called on us, yet.  In fact, I'm even more surprised the law wasn't called on us in 2009 when Jackie was in the ER three different times in less than 2 weeks.  I was just waiting for CPS to show up on our doorstep at any time back then.   Here's hoping that 2011 will be emergency free.  Please lord, is that too much to ask? 

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