So, I took Gage to the "bone doctor" today.
He got this butterfly brace thing today. Apparently our LACK of appropriate healing is largely due in part to the inadequacy of the sling he was wearing. It was too big, and did not adequately immobilize his arm/support his arm to reduce pulling on his shoulder, affecting his clavicle.
So-------we wear this harness thing...this butterfly brace under his clothes. Well, he wears a t-shirt, then then harness to keep his shoulders kind of....back, and straight. then he wears a sling that's just his size, and that is to support & immobilize the arm to keep the pressure off the clavicle.
He looks like a little football player.
The harness comes off for bath-time only. The sling comes off for night-time sleep & bath-time.
So, we'll give it 2 1/2 weeks to start healing appropriately & avoid surgery!!!
[really? surgery for this? really? his bone is not poking out of his skin, so I'm just CERTAIN (okay, 99.9% sure) that is not in our future.]
Anyway...that's the update for today.
We've been instructed to avoid swinging, climbing, running, jumping...anything that could produce a fall.
mmmmmmmmmmmkay. So, after the ortho doc appointment, Gage wanted Chick-fil-A. To avoid playgrounds, we went to the one at NorthPark.
So....what happened there? My child falls. On the escalator.
This child LOVES escalators.
We've ridden them 8 million times.
THIS time, instead of holding my hand or holding onto the rail (like he likes to do...), he puts his hand on clear glass that does NOT move with the escalator. So, instead of going right along....I watch, as if in slow motion, my child's right hand stay put on the clear glass, and him rotate his whole body to the right & lean up...and I just couldn't scoop him up to stop it fast enough. He fell on the escalator steps. It just sucked. He was freaked out. I was freaked out, but glad that we weren't at the bottom (don't ask me about my ER horror story of a child who fell at the bottom of an escalator...it's not pretty). The older couple behind us was helpful, but a little freaked out.
Now, leave it up to us.
Doc: avoid things that may produce a fall.
Me: okay....could you sedate him for the next few weeks, b/c he's 3. He falls every day...just from walking. Or being in a hurry. Or not paying attention. Or because the wind changes. He's 3.
He now hates escalators.
In brighter news: he loves his new sling. It's blue with sports balls all over it.
He's pretty much off Tylenol with codeine. We give it to him at night. It doesn't really make him sleepy (so we time it a while before bedtime!), but we think it gives him a longer pain relief, which in turns seems to help him sleep.
What else? We really liked the Ortho Doc staff. They were awesome.
That's about it for now!