Thursday, April 11, 2013

Rolling with "It"!

Having a bunch of kids has taught me over the years to be more of a flexible, go with the flow kind of person.  (I have also had a lot of experience with meltdowns(my own) when my need to control things crashes up against this 'normal chaos' life we live!  Yeah..those aren't pretty!)

This pic is one of those 'go with the flow' opportunities!  Mike and Jon are soaked after riding the Kali River Rapids in the Animal Kingdom Park.  (Ellie is the little girl in the blue princess dress looking confused:)

As you can see, Jon is in a wheelchair and sporting crutches!  

So...the story goes that the night before we left for Disney, Andrew and Jon had a CYO basketball game.  During the game, Jon was involved with a play that ended up with him hurting his ankle.  Seeing the immediate swelling, Jay knew a trip to the E.R. was in order.

Jay and Jon headed to the hospital around 8:30pm.  It was, of course, a very busy night there.  After waiting, and x-rays, and more waiting, they diagnosed him with an avulsion fracture.  (An avulsion fracture is an injury to the bone in a place where a tendon or ligament attaches to the bone. When an avulsion fracture occurs, the tendon or ligament pulls off a piece of the bone....thank-you Orthopedics!)  

Jay's definition is easier to understand..."A sprained ankle that actually pulls off a piece of the ankle bone."  Thank-you Mr. Physical Therapist!:)

The hospital gave him crutches, told him not to put any weight on it and to follow-up with an ortho, and sent him home.  They got back from the hospital around midnight.

Our flight the next morning was bright and early!  Our ride to the airport arrived at 5:30 am!  My parents were pretty shocked to see Jon come out of the house on crutches.  But we rolled with it!  Jon was wheel-chair bound for most of the trip.  Towards the end, it turned out his ankle wasn't as bad as the dr. at the er had thought.  By the time we got home a week later Jon could put weight on it and was walking with barely a limp!

Jon also milked getting pushed around for all it was worth!  I'm sure there were a few moments that his brothers were ready to push him down a hill for his own personalized Disney ride!