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Wednesday, December 21, 2011



I'm just popping in to check in.  Some of you are aware of recent events in our family, but I just wanted to give a little more detail so that no one worries.

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Sunday afternoon, my husband and I received a phone call from a stranger who happened to be going for a walk where our youngest son was riding his longboard with a friend.  She told us that he had broken his arm.  While the break could have been much worse, it was one that required surgery as both the radius and ulna were broken and the skin was punctured.  This is gross, but the bones had come out and gone back in which means the wound was dirty requiring an additional procedure in surgery to clean out the area.  This also required a 24 hour IV with antibiotics which meant two nights in the hospital.  Surgery began around 10:00 Sunday night and ended around 1:00 am Monday.  He was then transported to a hospital that has a pediatric unit for his stay.


Until yesterday we weren't sure whether Parker would have full feeling and use of his fingers so yesterday  when those fingers all wiggled we were very happy.  We came home yesterday and have settled in to our new routine of showering, eating, etc.  He is right handed and of course the injury was on his right arm, but he is such a trooper that he never complains.  As a matter of fact if I say something like, "I'm cold", he tells me to quit whining with a big smile on his face.

So here we are, ready for Christmas only things are a little different now.  I am thankful for my friends and family, the kindness of strangers, and that this is no worse than it is. 

The Christmas linky party will remain open until Friday and favorites will be posted Saturday.  Enjoy your week.

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54 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! He'll definitely be in our prayers this week for very little pain and a quick healing! Merry Christmas!

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  2. oh wow- i had no idea. i wish parker a speedy recover and am so thankful a nice woman was there to call you.... in situations like this timing can be everything. will be thinking of you and praying for your family as he recovers.

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  3. Oh no, that's no fun! But isn't it amazing how resilient kids can be. Wishing Paker a speedy recovery. And happy holidays to you all!

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  4. What a trooper!! Poor kid! I'm so glad everything is ok!!! If that first quote doesn't about sum it up! I would just add a new beginning "being a mother of boys. Either a daring adventure or nothing at all" merry Christmas, blog friend of mine!!! xo, Tessa

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  5. Wow! What a story! I hope Parker continues to recover and that all gets back to normal soon. He sounds like a total trooper and thank goodness for that lovely stranger.
    Happy Holidays Rene, enjoy!
    Cathy

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  6. So sorry to hear about your son, Rene. I hope he makes a full recovery and sounds like he is a good patient. And yes, kids do teach us what life is all about. Have a great week!

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  7. Wishing your son a speedy recovery and a Merry Christmas to all!

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  8. Rene, I am so sorry to hear about Parker's fall and subsequent surgeries! I hope he has a quick recovery! And I know that you will have a very Merry Christmas just knowing that you and your family are all together and safe.

    Kat

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  9. Oh, my goodness. I can't imagine how scared you must have been. Hooray for finger wiggling! I hope his recovery is speedy and comfortable. Brave boy!

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  10. Oh, ouch!! I broke my left ulna and radius when I was 11 and skating. Mine was not a compound fracture thank goodness. I hope he has a speedy recovery.

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  11. Oh Rene - I'm so glad it wasn't any worse and that he is going to be alright. I hope he heels quickly! Thinking of you.
    Alissa

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  12. Rene-
    I am so happy to hear that he is doing well! I know that you are relieved.
    have a Merry Christmas.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  13. Oh my goodness, I'm glad he is ok! I will pray that he heals quickly!
    Sometimes lifes surprises make us appreciate our blessings even more. Hope you and your family have a very happy Christmas!

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  14. Wow! I'm so glad Parker's ok & that it wasn't worse. I can't imagine the pain he must be in. Poor thing. I hope y'all have a Merry Christmas!

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  15. Oh my! I hope he has a fast and full recovery! And he will just have to eat cookies with his left hand ;)

    Happy Christmas!

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  16. what a blessing that someone was close by to give you that call. It sounds like he is very brave dealing with pain. Have a great Christmas!

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  17. It is scary, how life can change in the blink of an eye.
    Your son sounds brave, and also very well adjusted to be taking this so well. (Good work, Mom.)

    I wish him a fast and perfect recovery. Thank goodness for those wiggling fingers, and for the kindness of a stranger.

    Cass

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  18. Oh, Rene, I'm wishing your son a very quick recovery. But what good news to hear that he is able to wiggle his fingers, as you said. Thinking of you right now!

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  19. I saw your tweet about the hospital and I was worried about you. So glad your son is ok, but wow that sounds like a nasty break. Hugs and prayers for your family...and boy you are so right that things can change in an instant. Makes us appreciate our blessings all that much more.

    Have a great Christmas with your family Rene.

    Karen

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  20. Glad to hear he is going to recover - the best Christmas present you could ask for.

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  21. rene...so sorry to hear about parker's arm...praying he has a quick and full recovery!

    Merry Christmas!

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  22. Oh Rene! So sorry to read this news....hope your son feels better and his bones heal quickly!! Poor kid. And poor mom!

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  23. Oh crap, Rene:(

    I'm so sorry to hear that. When I started to read this post, my heart sank because I didn't know what I was going to hear. I'm glad that your son is home and things are going alright. Christmas may be a little different, but it still will be. Its things like this that make us realize how less important some things are and how much more others are.

    Take care of your baby. And always enjoy the little things:)

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  24. So sorry for Parker and the family, but thankful for doctors and medical staff, and kind strangers (angels)! Thanks for your Christmas card.

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  25. It sounds like your son is quite the trooper and he has your family's love to support him - thanks for reminding us about what is truly important. I'll be thinking about you guys.

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  26. Poor kid, that is bad! I broke both my arms at the same time in 6th grade, not fun. What a thing to happen and at this time of year! Well, take care and have a great Christmas together. :D

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  27. As a mother of a longboarder, we have had our share of cuts and bruises but nothing as bad as that. I am so glad that he is recovering well. Just a footnote....we live on a very steep and long hill. ;)
    Best wishes over the holidays.

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  28. ooo boy! that couldn't have been fun for parker! sounds like a trooper! blessed.. you are! ;) take care and have a merry christmas!

    ashley over @
    {hookedonhickory}

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  29. Sending Christmas wishes your way, and wishes for a full and speedy recovery for Parker. He's quite the little man to be so upbeat after all he went through.

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  30. Life is exciting with children! We are thankful for YOU.
    Hope you have a Merry Christmas.
    Mary Ann

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  31. You've had quite a scare! So glad he's going to be okay. Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

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  32. It was so nice to hear from all of you today! Thank you! Parker and I have been enjoying some favorite Disney movies and just plain old relaxing. No complaints here :)

    XO,
    René

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  33. Boys! That is so scary and I am so happy to hear that he is doing well. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  34. How dreadful, but I'm so glad he has feeling in his fingers and it was no worse!

    I love all the little sayings in this post!

    May your Christmas be warm and merry!

    Keri

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  35. Girl, I have 5! I know your heart broke when you got that call. we don't want our babies hurt....They are the biggest blessings and the most stress all in one! Glad he is on the mend. They always seem to bounce back better than we do!God Bless!

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  36. Happy to hear Parker is on his way to recovery. Wishing you a blessed Merry Christmas.

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  37. So thankful your son is okay. Merry Christmas!

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  38. Oh my goodness, what an adventure you all have had. I'm so glad he is on the mend. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas, even it is different than you had planned.

    Take care,

    Lori

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  39. I will keep Parker in my prayers for a speedy recovery, Rene! I'm so glad he is OK and is at home now resting. I wish you and your family a wonderful and blessed Christmas.

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  40. So glad your son is going to be okay! Wishing him a swift recovery!

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  41. The moments spent with sick or injured children is so precious because time seems to slow down. I hope he recovers quickly. Enjoy the sweet moments Rene. xo

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  42. Oh my goodness, Rene. I will pray for quick and problem free healing for your sweet boy and for his mama too. I know your son is a trooper, but it sounds like his mama is too! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  43. So thankful he is on his way to healing. Thanks for the update, Rene. Your family is in our thoughts. Merry Christmas!

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  44. So glad he's ok and on the mend! It is amazing the stuff we take for granted, huh? And what better time of year to have thankfulness on the brain? Wishing you a happy holiday!

    Also... wishing for a bit of snow. But that could be considered complaining, so I should probably be quiet. :)

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  45. Oh I am so sorry to hear this. I know how sick you must have felt to have gotten that phone call and to see your son in pain...our oldest has had a terrible accident like that and it is so terrible because you replay all of the events over and over in your mind and as a mother shouldn't but we always do..."what if we" goes through your mind as well. Our children are so precious and things like this remind us of that truth. I hope you all can get some rest..glad you are home and can begin the recovery process. Feed him lots of fudge...that is the BEST cure for everything! lol

    Merry Christmas! Kristine

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  46. Best wishes for his speedy recovery, and a happy holiday for all of you!

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  47. Rene, my thoughts and prayers are with you! My older son had a very similar accident skate boarding when he was 15....we missed surgery by 1/16 of an inch difference with the break....I can understand a little of what you are going through....Scary! It looks like he is doing well and I hope the best for him and you...Hang in there Mom!

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  48. My gosh! How scary! Glad that he is such a brave guy and you are a brave mama! Prayers for a speedy recovery and a very merry Christmas.

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  49. Rene, I am glad to hear that your son is doing well and relaxing at home. Thank you for your comment on my blog. I am amazed that you took the time write me in the midst of your son's accident. Merry Christmas and best wishes to your family!

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  50. Goodness Rene, I am glad that he is okay. Take care of your son and have a Merry Christmas. Thinking of you:)
    xo
    Amy R.

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  51. I'm so glad he was ok and those fingers wiggled! It's amazing how much we learn about strength from our children! Merry Christmas Rene. Praying for a speedy recovery!

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  52. Wishing quick healing for your youngest, Rene. This will be a Christmas to remember!
    Camille

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  53. Oh my, that sounds painful. I wish Parker a speedy recover. He sounds like a trooper!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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