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04/24/07 13:05:05 - Gimme a break... no... WAIT!!!
It’s been kind of a rough month for us. And when I say “us”, I really mean Aren and MaryBeth. Last month Aren had Spring Break. He was very excited for the opportunity to not go to school, and MaryBeth was excited to spend some time with him – for the first couple of days, anyway. By the end of the week, we were ready to send him back.
So, Monday morning comes along, but Aren was suddenly feeling “sick”. Ordinarily, we would look seriously at this, but he had been expressing his reservations about going back to school already, so we took it with a grain of salt and sent him back. He came home from school that day exhausted, and even went to bed early. The next morning, before we could get him out the door, he managed to throw up. So, we kept him home that day. And the next, and the next.
In fact, he didn’t get back to school until the next Tuesday. He had held his food down and the rest of his GI tract seemed to be under control, so we kicked him out the door. We did notice a small rash on his cheek, but figured that he had slept just right to give himself a little raspberry.
The next day, his “raspberry” was worse, but we chalked it up to eczema and sent him into school. At about 10:00, MaryBeth got a call from Sandy, the school nurse. She asked if we had seen his face, and MaryBeth explained her theory on it. Sandy went on to explain that in her opinion, especially with Aren’s background, it may be shingles and that we should pull him out of school until we know for sure. The next day, it was worse, and his doctor confirmed that it was definitely shingles. Aren was put on an antiviral medication and had to stay home until the blisters were all scabbed over.
By the next Wednesday, he looked like he was in the clear, so he got to go back to school again. Everything was looking up. On Thursday, we had arranged for me to get off work early and pick him up from school. As I was walking out of the gate, however, someone called to me and asked if I had gotten the message from MaryBeth – “The one about your son breaking his leg”.
The first thought through my head was, “Wow. That’s a pretty old message. He broke his leg six months ago”. Then it dawned on me that it wouldn’t make sense to relay that message unless they had just received it. I finally reached MaryBeth, who explained that a few minutes earlier, she had received a call from the school explaining that they had called 911 and she needed to get there as soon as she could.
Apparently, Aren was playing kickball at school, slipped and somehow wound up breaking his leg – again. It was his right leg, the same leg that he broke before, but it was a different bone this time. Somehow, in his slip, he had managed to break his femur. Just to put things in perspective, most people who break their legs do so from falling out of a tree or being hit by a car. Not my boy, though. He just doesn’t do anything halfway. By the time MaryBeth got there, the paramedics had arrived and were trying to start an IV so they could give him some morphine. They had decided that it would be best to give him some pain meds before trying to move him. I don’t usually make a habit of second-guessing emergency responders, and this didn’t sound like the time to start, since his right ankle was literally behind his right ear. And it wasn’t because he was doing yoga.
Eventually they got the morphine into him and got him to the hospital. Within a short time, they had x-rayed his leg and sure enough, his femur was broken almost exactly halfway up. On the plus side, it was still mostly aligned, but the break was still bad enough that it would need surgery. They ended up flying us up to Tucson (my second time escorting a child in a helicopter), and Aren was scheduled for surgery the next morning.
As with all stories, there are more details to this one, which I will include in future posts, but that covers everything pretty much. The moral? Be careful what you ask for. Apparently, some idioms don’t translate well into Cosmic thought. So, please. No more “breaks”.
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