A Little Something Extra

Monday, April 25, 2011

Micah is in the hospital

Wow, all those great updates in that last post must have been too much for our little guy.  Micah fell on the stairs today and twisted his left leg, which resulted in a spiral fracture of his femur.  Micah will be in a spica cast for at least SIX WEEKS.  The cast starts above his ankle on his left leg, goes up to his waist, and then over to his right side and down to just above his right knee (with an open area around his crotch for diapering).  His legs are basically frogged out.


This week, Micah was doing GREAT with his walking.  He took a long walk to the motor room at school on Tuesday and his teachers and therapists were quite excited.  When I picked him up after Sunday school this morning, his teacher was thrilled to report that he spent most of his time on his feet (rather than his hands and knees) today.  And we were just talking this morning about how great it is that Micah is almost defaulting to walking now rather than crawling.


But now... we need prayer.  Micah's orthopedic surgeon told us tonight that he usually sees "typically-developing" kids limp for about 6 MONTHS after their casts come off.  I cry just thinking about what this means for Micah's gross motor development.  We were so excited to finally be getting spring weather so that Micah would be able to play outside, where he has traditionally had the most motivation for utilizing his gross motor skills.  I'm so sad I can hardly breathe.  We've been working so hard...


Anyway, we hope to bring our little man home on Monday.  Mark is doing overnight hospital duty tonight.  I'll update more tomorrow.  And hopefully I'll have time to upload a photo of all 3 boys in their Easter clothes, taken just before the stairs incident.

16 comments:

Andy and Katie said...

Continued prayers, Jennie. Love to you all!

Erin said...

I'm so sorry. I hope he heals quickly and is able to pick up right where he left off.

Michelle Z said...

oh no!! Jennie, I'm so sorry to hear this :( Please give Micah lots of love from us.

James 1:27 Family said...

I'm so sorry. I really know what this feels like to make so much progress and then have a medical problem cause a big setback. My brain knows that God's plans are perfect but my heart still aches. I will be praying for Micah and the family. Much love

Ami said...

I saw your facebook updates and have been praying since seeing them late last night. Continued prayers for your sweet boy.

Amy said...

So sorry to hear this news :( So heartbreaking when he was making so much progress and knowing the challenges ahead. Micah will be in my thoughts and prayers.

RK said...

I can't believe this! How frustrated that you must be but I am so glad he is not hurt worse. I can understand that horrible sinking feeling when they talk of the recovery and you think of more setbacks... I am so sorry. We are praying right now and will continue.

Jonathan said...

Oh, NO! We will pray for Micah. I just hate to hear of any additional things that he and you have to deal with. Grrr. We will pray.

my family said...

Jennie I am so sorry for this, Hope you all are out soon

Rachel said...

Praying for Micah that his pain is manageable. Praying that he will defy odds and make a speedy recovery and be back to practice walking soon after his casts are removed.
Hugs and Prayers
the Lendas

Jen said...

I pray everyday for all our little blog friends. I'll add Micah by name. Hang in there.

skiingthroughlife said...

Jennie! this is just horrible, to be honest. I am so thinking of you guys! God must have a plan here, he just must. Know I am thinking of you guys and Micah!! I pray he heals super fast! Love you!

CJ said...

Oh man! I'm SO sorry! Poor little guy! I babysat for a kid with the same type of break/cast and he learned to get around REALLY quickly! Prayers for speedy healing!!

Laurie said...

My heart just hurts for you and him, Jennie. I'm beginning to think that he is simply a sucker for drama. So many prayers for a quick healing process and continued progress on walking after the cast is off.

paige said...

oh jennie - i'm so sorry!! i pray that the constraints just whet his appetite for more walking. What a disappointment.

Ruthann said...

I hope Micah is holding up ok, and the pain and constraint is not unbearable. Many prayers for a speedy recovery and that he will show everyone all that he can do when he's healed up. Hugs!