Thursday, February 16, 2012

Of Valentines Day and a Broken Arm

It's Valentines Day  and I am not making paper heart notes or baking something special for all my men.  Instead, I am waiting in the waiting room of a hospital while my son is wheeled into an operating room and the anesthesia takes over his little body and doctor's work on his arm.  No, this is not exactly what anyone was planning yesterday.

It seems like forever ago, that moment just before 3PM yesterday when I heard him scream and I found him sitting in the driveway holding his arm, the dirt bike lying beside him.

The bike was fine, the boy was not.  Later on while x-rays were being taken Keishon commented that it looked just like a grasshoppers leg complete with a claw for a hand.  It really did look awful and I didn't need the x-rays to confirm that it was broken.  There was no question about whether or not it was broken and that is why we went straight to the orthopedic clinic.  Keishon was so brave and strong. He was in an awful LOT of pain but he was a real little man. Everyone (including me) was totally amazed.

I had hoped they would set it in the doctor's office but they doctor's felt sure it would need a pin and so scheduled surgery.
 We prayed about that and that prayer was answered.  He didn't end up needing a pin and they didn't do surgery like they expected though they were all prepared for it and he still had anesthesia.

We see very little of doctors, or they of us. I should have expected the little trip we had, but I forget just how unusual we really are.
The shocked faces of the nurses and me repeating multiple times, to multiple individuals:

"No, he doesn't have any medical records."
"No, he has never seen a doctor before"
"No, he has never has had medications"
"I don't know if he is allergic/sensitive to any drugs, he hasn't ever had any."
"No, he hasn't ever taken any prescription meds"  (Wait, a second, didn't I already just say this twice a moment ago?)
"No, he hasn't had any immunizations"
"No, none"
"No, We don't have a family doctor"
"That is correct. He has never been to a pediatrician, or family doctor, or a hospital"

The nurse shrugs her shoulders and says, "Well, I guess he is pretty healthy."  and I almost laugh outloud.

I think it is confirmed, I should get "The World's Weirdest Mom" Prize today.
Seriously, how weird is this mom? I guess he is still alive, right? And, he does seem healthy enough.

Even through his pain Keishon was rather entertained by these conversations and astutely observed that they kept asking the same thing over again.  I explained that they most likely didn't really believe me.  Given his limited world view he wanted to know why they would think he needed to see a doctor before breaking his arm. :-)

And now it is all over.  We are home again, and I am exhausted .

Mr. man is displaying a bright green cast and doing quite well.  He is drinking lots of mullein tea and taking handfuls of Complete Tissue & Bone Formula.  Last night he slept much better and woke up to reclaim his big brother status.

I would like very much to pack up the dirt bikes and send them back to where they came from.  Surprisingly, I am out numbered, none of the men/boys think that this is at all necessary.


  1. Oh your poor little guy. But it does sound like he was a trooper. What a man in the making :-)

    I could completely relate to looking like space alien to dr's and nurses who can't imagine why your child has never had a shot or is not currently on any routine med's :-0 And we get the bad looks cause our kids are totally healthy?! Something is backwards there I think

    Love the picture of your sweet girlie! She's adorable.


  2. Your Mom says:
    What a valentines day
    And - aren't we glad that there are those docs even though we hardly ever need them,
    Just wish that more folks who thought and did like this. There would be more healthy families.
    Keishon sure was brave. Tell him to drink lots of the stuff that makes healthy bones. :)

    Love you lots!

  3. oh dear! I am sorry, Keishon! I hope your arm heals fast! Lorida

  4. So sorry to read about your accident Keishon. Hope it heals quickly!
    Love you, Grandma B.

  5. Oh my, hope it doesn't hurt much and heals fast, I know all too well how hard it is on the oldest to have that restraint on them :) take care Love the Yoders

  6. leann,
    hey just caught up a little on your blog... since i'm stuck in bed, i've had a lot of time to do extra reading! i love all your projects and can't wait 'til we get back to tarapoto to start more again myself. and i love every glimpse i catch of your beautiful little girl. i fell in love with her at first sight. :)
    i just wanted to answer about chlorophyll... i haven't seen it anywhere here and i highly doubt that it's available. a friend of mine swears by it! i would hate to see you go the the expense of mailing so many bottles! but at the same time, i'd love to try it out. let me know how serious you are and/or where you can get it. i'm sure there'd be others who'd want to help... though i might feel awkward about asking myself... anyway, i am very interested :)
    thank you so much for praying and for your kindness. it's absolutely mind boggling to see the love of christ fleshed out through so many people like you caring for me. thank you. :)


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