Today Noah had a review at the orthopaedic clinic at the hospital. They wanted him to come in to just check that the cast was going okay and to see if the bone had started healing at all yet. He has literally been laying down ALL week and in a lot of pain, so I was really worried about getting him into his wheelchair and getting him to the hospital. Aaron's school has been great and had no problem with him leaving early so he could come to the appointment with me and help me lift him and keep him as comfortable as possible.
It's such a pain that he has a broken leg (literally!! ha ha) as he actually looks really well at the moment - now that he is over his last chest infection. I'm now paranoid that he may get another chest infection as he's laying around so much and not having all the postural drainage and position changes that he usually has.
Luckily the appointment was pretty quick and he coped okay. We first of all had to go up to radiology to get an x-ray done.
They then sent us back to orthopaedics with the x-ray. We had a sneak peak at it on the way there - it looks awful! The bone up the top is supposed to be straight.
We found out that the orthopaedic department at the LGH is full of young pretty boy Drs! There were all these young Drs there who were all dressed really well. We saw one of the head Drs who said he saw Noah's x-ray on Saturday when we were in emergency. He said that the bone hadn't healed at all since the weekend, but it also hadn't gotten worse so the cast was doing the job. He asked us if there was ever any chance that Noah could walk. We told him there wasn't and he said that he felt that he shouldn't operate (as they usually would) as it would just put extra stress on Noah's body as he would have to have a general anesthetic. We all agreed that it wasn't necessary to operate and we are happy with the plan that they have - to keep the cast on for another two weeks at least and then review him again, and possibly put him in a splint rather than a cast which will be a lot easier to handle. The Dr also warned us that this would most likely not be Noah's only broken bone as he has osteoperosis. We told him we realised that and that it was actually his second broken bone. It makes you paranoid about lifting or doing anything with him, but unfortunately it's just a part of life for him.
While we were out Mum got took a phone message from Noah's school saying that they were shutting down tomorrow and Monday as everyone is so sick with the flu. I said to Aaron that is actually probably a big blessing that he is home at the moment as he would probably get really sick being at school right now.
Yesterday in the mail we got a beautiful card and drawings from the Watsons for Noah. Maddi had drawn some awesome pictures for Noah. This one cracked us up as you can actually see that Noah's leg is wonky in the picture - he is the one on the right hand side with the big smile on his face! I am the second one with the very serious face on - Maddi obviously knows how I'm feeling right now! :) Thanks Maddi for the beautiful pictures - Noah loves them and they made him feel lot happier :D
Mum looked after the boys while we were at Noah's appointment today and on the spur of the moment we made a decision for Harri to go and spend three nights out with Mum and Dad. He was SO excited and kept saying 'it's going to be fun at Grandma's!!!'. It is nice seeing him so excited and happy to go off on his own. Jalen will join him tomorrow night.
Kobe wasn't impressed at all that Grandma was leaving him behind! We told him he could go next year when he was a bit bigger, but he really thought he should be going right now!