Well, well, well…it happened…a broken bone. Poor Ruby fell at the park on Saturday from a 5 foot platform and broke both bones in her forearm near the wrist very badly. It didn’t poke through the skin, so that was great. But it still was a bad break that needed a cast immediately. We are praying that the bones are healing perfectly and that there is no need for surgery. We should find out Friday about that.
Today Ruby said her fingers were feeling funny. They were still very swollen despite our efforts to keep her arm elevated properly. She couldn’t feel me touching her pinky, so I knew I had to call the doctor. Ends up, they wanted us to see the orthopedic doctor asap, but their office couldn’t take us and we had to take Ruby back to the ER again to see the doctor there. Sure enough, the cast was too tight and not allowing room for the swelling, hence cutting off circulation to her hand a bit. They cut the cast down the middle and taped it up so that it wasn’t quite as tight. We struggled to get her to take her pain medicine tonight…she is HORRIBLE at swallowing liquid medicine. Josh and her go head-to-head on that issue, and I rub her back and start with saying, “You can do this, Ruby.” By the end of it all, I am saying, “You will do this, Ruby. Oh, yes you will!” We all smile and laugh at the whole ordeal when it is over.
So this week Ruby is watching movies and trying to do school work at a very slow pace. Molly has been by her side the entire time. She comes and gets me any time Ruby needs anything….anything, like a massage. I stop whatever I am doing and go right to see what she needs and she sometimes says, “I just need a little massage on my shoulders.” I massage for about 35 seconds, and she says, “OK, that’s good. Thanks, mom.” And off I go to resume my duties. But, Molly will always let me know if I am needed. What a sweet sister Molly is being. To Ruby. Molly seems to have little patience with Mack these days. She fusses at him if he gets too close to the cast or if he jumps on the bed that Ruby is lying on. I have to remind her that she loves Mack just as much as she loves Ruby…so could we act like it???!!
Hopefully in the next six weeks or so Ruby will be all back to normal….as well as our sleeping patterns. Please pray with us about her arm and that it wouldn’t need surgery! Thanks so much!