Emily has been feeling really good of late – you would never guess, most of the time, that she’s on daily chemo. She’s been a mini-Tigger on springs, bouncing and climbing and jumping – and it’s been awesome to watch her. Unfortunately, Tigger sprung too much yesterday and she now has a cast on her leg.
As Chrissie and Emily were leaving the Infusion Room at the U.C. Davis Cancer Center yesterday, after an antibiotic infusion in preparation for her spinal tap today, Emily was jumping up-and-down on some foot-high, decorative concrete blocks that were outside. Chrissie was holding her hand so that Emily wasn’t putting her full weight on her legs when she jumped but when Emily jumped down onto the grass at the last block, she crumpled to the ground, crying. At first, Chrissie figured she’d probably just sprained her ankle, because who immediately thinks that their kid just broke their leg(?!), and so she took her home, iced it, and put her down for her nap; however, when Emily woke up, she wouldn’t put any weight on her leg. There was no swelling or bruising and Emily wasn’t crying but Chrissie was concerned and so we – Chrissie and Grammie – took her to an Urgent Care. The doctor there advised us to take Emily to the U.C. Davis ER since it had a childrens’ hospital (the Urgent Care wasn’t affiliated with one) and Emily was already being treated there for leukemia. Unfortunately, we ended up there on one of their busiest nights.
We got to U.C. Davis about 8:00 pm – and waited in their Pediatrics Waiting room for five hours(!), before finally being ushered into the Peds ER at 1:00 am. We were in the waiting room long enough for our group to bond with another family who had brought in their two-year-old, who had also fallen – and we were sharing snacks and cell phone videos and I figured pretty soon we’d be inviting each other over for dinners at home! All the while, Emily was really guarding her left lower leg – not crying but not moving it either.
After we got into the ER room and Emily’s leg was checked, they gave her a dose of Tylenol so that they’d be able to straighten her leg for an xray. Pretty soon, between the Tylenol and the general lack of sleep, she slept through the rest of the ER visit. Too bad Momma and Grammie couldn’t do the same. Turned out she has a Buckle Fracture of the fibula and tibia – which is a version of a greenstick fracture, which is fairly common in kids. Their bones are soft so when they break, they break more like a green stick, which bends and doesn’t break all the way through, rather than a dry stick (like an adult’s bone), which snaps all the way across. Her tibia sort of splintered while her fibula did more of a buckle, where it bent several ways. Her Oncologist told Chrissie this morning that it most likely occurred because Emily’s bones are weaker due to all of the chemo and steroids.
Chrissie and I walked out of the ER after 4 am and arrived at Chrissie’s house just before 5 am. Emily slept the whole way home and then nursed and went to bed. Chrissie got an hour-and-a-half of sleep before getting up, driving her kids to her sister-in-law’s, and then taking Emily back to the Med Center for her already-scheduled spinal tap and chemo infusion. After picking up her kids this afternoon, she managed another hour-and-a-half of sleep, then picked up Jason from his car pool, they all took Ethan to batting practice, then everyone went to Adam’s Little League game. Hopefully, they will all get some sleep tonight.
Emily is handling it well, so far. She held court at Adam’s Little League game with her leg spread out straight while playing a game with the other kids. Chrissie will keep any pain covered for now with some prescribed pain medication but the cast itself will take away most of the pain. The Ortho doctor who put on the cast said that kids’ bones heal really quickly and that the fibula will straighten out as it heals. Emily will have the cast for a few weeks and will be followed by the Pediatric Fracture Clinic at U.C. Davis. Enough cannot be said for the care and the caring that U.C. Davis has given to Emily and for the Childrens’ Miracle Network which is supporting the Cancer Center and allowing Emily’s treatments and care to be financially covered. Please support them anytime you get the chance. Also, of course, continue to pray for this family —