Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Rhianna's Bad Break

Yesterday Rhianna had her last gymnastics class.

After the class, the teachers were letting them have some free time on the different pieces of equipment. When she was on the bars, she was trying to get up in a sort of weird way, fell forward, and severely broke her left arm just above the elbow. I called Steve right away and told him to meet me at Tucson Medical Center where they have a great children's emergency room. The gymnastics teachers and one of the other moms helped me get Rand and Seth out to the van so I could carry Rhianna. Rand had been asleep and pretty much slept through this whole experience. Seth was scared and crying.

But we got to TMC with Steve just right behind us. He carried Rhianna in while I parked the van and then brought the boys in. We were very grateful that the hospital staff worked so quickly and got Rhianna in. Once she was settled I took the boys to the Neumiller's house and then came back. Steve had stayed and they did the x-rays. The break was bad enough that she needed surgery. The pediatric orthopedic surgeon was there doing other regular surgeries, but they again did all the paper work, scheduling, etc quickly and Rhianna was in surgery at 6:30 pm. It was scary for her all these different things they had to do but she really did handle everything great.

Here are the before X-rays

The surgery took about 1 hour. They were able to get the bones lined up correctly without any extra incisions. She now has 2 pins to hold the bone in place. It took her a little while to fully come out of the anesthesia and for her oxygen saturation levels to stay was already her regular bedtime, besides all the trauma and medication. But we got home at about 10 pm and she was able to sleep okay last night.

She has on sort of a temporary plaster typecast right now and then probably on Monday we will go into Dr Vincent's office and will switch it to the lighter, newer kind they use. She will have that cast for about 4 weeks.

So it was quite an overwhelming experience, but we were blessed in many ways. Nothing else on Rhianna was hurt. It seems like no nerve damage. We had good doctors. We had good friends to take Rand and Seth for hours. Steve got to the pharmacy at about 8:58, they were closing at 9, but stayed and quickly filled her prescription for pain medication. I have said many prayers and Steve had given Rhianna a blessing in the hospital...and I am just grateful that though it was a hard thing it looks like everything will be okay.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Watch Out! Disgruntled Kid on the Loose

Tonight, Rand got in trouble for screaming. He was upset and started screaming so we sent him to his room. After he calmed down he came out and it was time for us to read scriptures. However, he told us that he had set a "trap" for us in his room because he was so mad at us. He said that he had put his toy baskets in front of his door so that we would trip when we tried to come in and that he had put his toy dinosaurs on the floor inside the door so that we would step on them and hurt our feet. I guess we better be careful not to make him too mad.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

And the Award Goes to....

Steve was presented with the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award for his department tonight. When they announced the award they said he had received twice as many nominations as anyone else. And he has really enjoyed teaching his classes. He has made some changes to the cases he has the students read to try and find the most interesting and best examples. He tries to email the students with summaries of what they have been talking about and also with updates on their grades. And now he has said he just feels more comfortable with teaching...being able to discuss the cases and lecture at times but also add in his personality and humor.

I actually knew about the award ahead of time from some of the other faculty. But not knowing the University too well I didn't really know what the award was. Steve got a letter that included some of the nice comments from his students. They also presented him with a plaque that he will put up in his office at the U of A. And in addition he will get $1000. What a great bonus! Bravo Steve!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Tooth News

Big tooth news this morning. Seth's first tooth appeared this morning, and Rhianna has her first loose tooth this morning. Seth has been extra drooly for a while, so we were expecting a tooth to show up sometime soon. Rhianna is very excited that one of her teeth might fall out and is already doing the classic kid thing of wiggling it constantly.