April 2016 – We got a new puppy from a dear friend. He is now 3-1/2 months old. He is a fluffy ball of energy! I have been wanting a new pup for quite some time, and my hubby finally told the kids and I we could have him. His name is Wicket (like the Ewok – http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Wicket_Wystri_Warrick).
5/1/16 – Sean falls of a horse and breaks his right arm/wrist. His foot got caught in a fence. The horse kept going, but he did not. He got the wind knocked out of him and fell on his arm, but is otherwise okay. He smelled like manure at urgent care. He said he thinks he fell in horse or cow poop. Lovely. He wasn’t really concerned about the deformed/broken arm, but he couldn’t wait to get home to take a shower. 🙂 The doc at Urgent Care put on a splint and referred us to an Orthopedic Hand Clinic.
5/3/16 – Our morning appointment at the Ortho clinic shows that Sean’s wrist is broken near the ends of the 2 arm bones. The radius is broken clear through and the bone has become angled (about 40 degrees), hence the deformity. The surgeon took a look at the x-rays and said it would be incredibly painful to try to reduce (straighten) the bone without anesthesia, so they scheduled him for surgery that afternoon. We went in at 2, and around 4 pm, they performed the procedure. It went well, but his bone kept wanting to pop back out of place. They got it stabilized and placed another splint, and we had a post-op follow-up on 5/16/16 for more x-rays and a real cast. In the mean time, to help prevent the bone from popping back out of place, they wrapped the splint with fiberglass (cast material) to harden it even more. Sean couldn’t straighten his arm since the splint went up over his elbow. I canceled school for 2 weeks while he couldn’t write. It was a welcome break with everything that was going on. This is one reason I love homeschooling.
5/16/16 – Post-op follow-up x-rays show that the bone has mostly stayed in place. There is still around a 2 degree angle in the fracture, but that is likely as good as it will get. It shouldn’t cause any loss of function or noticeable deformity. (Yay!) Sean opts for the lime green cast, and we are happy to find out that he is able to get a short arm cast, which means no more sling and he can bend and straighten his right arm again! He will be in his cast for 3 weeks, then another x-ray, and likely no more cast. But he will still need to take it easy for another month after that for it to completely heal.
5/18/16 – Mia has a routine follow-up for her eyes. She has been clear (no inflammation) since January 2016, and off the steroid drops since late March 2016. Today her doc found another active flare (3+ cells). With the active flare, we need to restart the steroid eye drops hourly and the dilating drops 3x/day, and continue the 2 separate glaucoma drops. We have another follow-up eye appointment in 1 week. She also has a Rheumatology appointment on Monday, 5/23. We hope to discuss what the next step is for treatment. She has been on the max oral dose of Methotrexate, but it is still not completely controlling her Uveitis. We will likely move on the weekly injections, maybe in conjunction with the MTX.