Jon saw the orthopedic doctor/nurse practitioner on Wednesday morning. Not only did he chip/fracture the navicular bone in his hand, but at least one other bone and possibly 2 more! Poor kid! He will be in a cast for at least 4 weeks and possibly more. The good news is that he can play hockey! He is ecstatic! There a a couple of small, minor concerns. First, if he does fall and catch himself with the right hand, he may break the exposed fingers due to the placement of the cast. We are hoping that the hockey glove will prevent this. Second, he could really hurt someone else if he isn’t careful because of how hard the cast is. Fortunately the next 4 weeks are just evaluations and team placements, not scheduled games. He sees the orthopedist again on October 15th for more x-rays. If the bones are all healed, the cast comes off. This is where they will be able to see the 2 bones that they were unsure of. The 2 bones in question are on either side of his wrist and are right where a couple of growth plates are located. Apparently waiting the 4 weeks will allow them to see the changes and healing and determine if he goes back in the cast or not. Jon is still in some pain. I am not sure if it is still the actual injury or the cast causing the pain now. He says there isn’t enough padding under it and that he wants me to call the dr to take it off and put a new one on. I am thinking that he is just getting tired of the restrictions (no video games, football, etc) that have been forced upon him.
A picture of my prince in his cast (as you can see, he is beyond thrilled at being photographed for my enteratinment ;) ):
Close up (you can see here that he has no movement of the thumb at all):
He chose red/scarlet for Ohio State. He wanted grey too, but the cast wasn’t big enough to do 2 colors.
He has tried to get out of every chore he normally does. I was understanding the first few days, but now I am not. He still has a perfectly good left hand with which he can empty the dishwasher with. I spared him from loading (God knows that we don’t need a wet and food covered cast to help speed along the smell that will start to come from within shortly), sweeping the floor and taking out the trash.
I have also rewarded him with lots of baked goods lately, including this awesome bread from Gluten-Free in the Country. This is an All Purpose Quick Bread and man, was it good! The kids loved it, as did I. It has stayed wonderfully at room temperature on my counter since Tuesday. Jon has eaten pulled pork sandwiches on it, PB & J and butter. Here are some pics of the bread:
All Purpose Quick Bread **Recipe Courtesy of Gluten Free in the Country
1/4 cup sugar
2/3 cups mayonnaise
3/4 cup milk
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups rice flour
1/4 cup sorghum
3/4 cup tapioca starch
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
Mix well for about one minute. Pour into greased loaf pan (batter will be more like cake batter).
Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.