Friday, October 17, 2008

BEN

Yesterday was one of those unexpected trips to Dartmouth with Ben. I love Dartmouth, (just not this much) can't get enough of the place apparently. I feel like I'm there every other day....oh wait, I am. So yesterday Ben had a last minute appointment scheduled with dermatology. It was for 10am. While there I figured we might as well try and get in to see Dr. Moen - his ortho. doctor - to look at his elbow again. They were nice enough to squeeze us in, but not until 1:30pm. Fine. That's perfect. I got to the appointment early hoping that just maybe we might get seen. Nope. Didn't see her until 2:30pm. At that point, she proceeded to tell me that not only is Ben's elbow dislocated, but so is his wrist. WHAT? Thanks for casually throwing out that one. The tears begin to flow, can't help it. I'm trying to figure out how the HECK this happened to my child. In the process of examining Ben, she decides that his dislocation is acute - meaning it happend suddenly - versus being a chronic problem. To help his situation she felt that he needed to have what is called a "closed reduction" (putting the elbow back in place). In order to do this, Ben needed to be sedated. That meant a trip to the OR. An hour later I was dressing in the big green jumpsuit and lovely showercap walking down a mile worth of corridors to kiss my boy and tell him that I'd see him in a little bit. 90 minutes later Dr. Moen came out to talk to me. She told me that they looked at both his right (the good one) and left elbow under flouroscopy and decided that they looked pretty similar. She took this to mean that Ben's dislocation has been a developmental one and not so much acute like she thought a couple hours earlier. Same thing with his wrist. She did try to manipulate it back into place but the elbow was not having it. So...it wasn't something that anybody else did but rather a slow developing process. For a whole week I've been told many times that it's acute, no chronic, no acute, no chronic. Can I get off this rollercoaster now? The question left is this...if his elbow is not an acute problem, then why is his arm swollen? Nobody knows. GREAT! We're back to ground zero.
Ben before surgery
right after his procedure
his splinted arm

11 comments:

Schenewarks said...

Put those doctors in time out! No more yummy cinnamon rolls for them. Nothing! Amy Jo

Jenny said...

Poor little sweet boy.
Ben, we're praying for you.
everyday.

shirlgirl said...

Hey, Benji, enough is enough. You are such a good patient. We hate to see all these things happen to you. You are in our prayers, sweet boy. You are so handsome, and I guess you just want to see all those pretty nurses and doctors. Lots of love to you from both of us. Aunt Shirley and Uncle David

ChefTom said...

Poor little guy, He looks so patient as they pick on him. We are praying for you also Ben, be brave little stripling warrior.

I understand that if you just show pictures of cinnamon rolls, it is worse than just not bringing them some. LOL - at least that is how it works for cheesecake...

KeriLyn and Matthew said...

Oh....sweet Ben....he goes through so much in his little life, but you can tell he is such a sweet spirit.

LL said...

poor little guy!

Gilbert Family said...

I'm sorry, that must be so frustrating!! Poor little Ben must be so frustrated too :(

Hang in there!

barryblog said...

Ben, Stop scaring your mom!!! Oh and my vote is acute, no chronic, no acute, no... Hey, I know as much as the doctors!!

smart mama said...

sorry for the ride- i don't know how you hang on so well-- other than you have to- sorry for ben too

Jane said...

How is Ben doing today? I hope today was better.
What a valiant spirit that boy has. Hugs and prayers.

Paula said...

Looks like I have missed a lot...I am going to have to sit down and update myself to all the great things you have been up to. Love you!