I kept trying to wake up from this awful dream I was having. The kids ran into the kitchen where I was making lunch to tell me that Derek had hurt his foot again. Someone had dropped a weight from Daddy’s weight set onto his bad foot. This can’t be for real, can it? I MUST be dreaming…come one, wake up!
But I wasn’t asleep. It was not a dream, but reality. The kids had gone into the basement
and decided they were going to “work out.” As Jason was lifting a 5 lb. dumbbell, one of the 2.5 lb. weights slid off the bar and landed onto Derek’s bad foot. Luckily, it only hit the big toe that was sticking out of the cast and not the major wound, but it is still pretty bad. It was bleeding, and the nail is blue and hanging on by a thread. It will certainly come off in a day or so. I am not sure if the toe is broken or not.
Poor Derek. He was crying a lot this time. I think he was really scared on top of being in a lot of pain. The toe has a lot of nerve endings in it, so it hurts more. I just took him outside, sat in the big swing, and held him until he stopped crying. At first I wasn’t sure if there was more to the injury or not. I was afraid they had done something to cause him to re-break the leg as well, but thankfully they did not. Jason and Troy felt awful, of course. They knew they were not allowed to play with the weight set in the first place, but to have this happen, well, they were pretty upset themselves.
I called the doctor’s office to see if we needed to go in. Of course it is Saturday, so no one
was there. I then called the general hospital line, who put me through to a nurse who put me through to the orthopedic surgeon on call. She told me that I could bring him in if he was uncomfortable (doctor-speak for in pain), but that I could also wait to get an X-ray and to clean and bandage the nail on Tuesday if I preferred, since I was already scheduled to come in then anyway. Normally I would not even consider the emergency room over this kind of trauma, but considering the circumstances, I thought it was at least worth calling about. My biggest concern is whether or not such an impact could affect the skin graft, which is already having problems. I am also concerned that it could be broken, but since he is already in a cast, I guess he will be OK for a few days. At this point, Derek was feeling a lot better anyway, and had actually already found his way back outside. I made sure he had a sock on to cover the new wound, but figured that if he could play outside, he didn’t need to go in today. I will continue to watch it and bandage it and clean it myself until Tuesday.