After 2 nights in the hospital, Jacob was discharged this afternoon and sent home.
He is on Tylenol with Codeine and seems to be doing fine. Every time a nurse came in at the hospital he'd start crying, waving and saying, "bye bye" (basically leave or get out) or "all done". We thought it was in anticipation of the pain, but when we picked him up to leave and go home he was all smiles and has been in a great mood since we got home. It may have been the fact that he was in the hospital and he really wanted out of there! Every time the nurses left he would say "down" or "all" which is what he says when he is all done and wants to go.
The injury was not as bad as they originally thought and they were giving us the worse case scenario so that is good news. They were throwing around words like "rods", "pins" and "surgery" and practically giving us heart attacks, but since his swelling stayed down they just put him under around 9:30 yesterday morning, set his leg, casted it and they came to get Ian around 11:15. It was a nerve wracking two hours to be without him, but he was still groggy in recovery when we arrived so I don't think he missed us.
He has a hip spica cast that runs the entire length of his right leg, wraps around both of his hips like a pair of chaps and goes down his left leg to the knee. We have been told it could be on anywhere from 6-12 weeks depending on how fast he heals and since he is so young and resilient we are hoping it is more like 6 weeks than 12 weeks.
Since Jacob doesn't typically watch much TV at home, and that is all he can do right now, he has been on cloud nine since he arrived at the hospital. It has been Elmo DVD after Elmo DVD and he is currently watching Toy Story and loving it. He still hasn't let go of that bear he got at the hospital!
The doctor said he doesn't think that this break is a result of his Rickets since he compared the current x-rays to his old x-rays from the Endocrinologist. He said more than likely it was related to a vitamin deficiency related to his prematurity which he will outgrow. We asked him if this makes him more susceptible to easier breaks in the future and he said he doesn't think so. Jacob is scheduled for a follow-up appointment and x-ray with Pediatric Orthopaedics next Thursday and we will go from there.
Thank you for all of your thoughts, prayers, e-mails and phone calls. God has certainly been watching over Jacob and we have been blessed once again.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
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