Well my dear readers you will not believe the updates I have for you since Christmas it has truly been a time of challenges that make you wonder if God is giggling watching me try to manage!
My Christmas with family was held on December 23rd and that went very well, My sister who has been struggling so much was able to attend with her children Ethan and Cailyn. I had not seen my niece and nephew in 2 years so it was very special to have them there!!
I was starting to feel sick on the 23rd and got through that day exhausted but happy! On the 24th I started feeling much worse and then I was sick with the flu for a good 9 days after that making the time off I had helpful for recovery but not for enjoying the rest of the holidays.
Fast forward to January 2nd my flu has passed and I am back to working normal shift. I am driving home and tired when my phone rings. I put it on speaker and all I heard was screaming at the other end. I knew it was my daughter only from call display. Between screams of pain and crying unconsolably she was able to tell me that she had fallen down 12 stairs at home. I assured her I would be home soon and tried to get her to calm down. She could not calm down , I told her I needed to hang up and I would be there asap. She t0ld me she thinks she broke her toes.
I called Telehealth which is a free service in Ontario that allows you to speak to a registered nurse , I was told a nurse would call me back. I got home and found Megan on the couch still crying in pain. I looked at her foot and could not see anything obvious. I got her ice and then I wrapped her foot up and called Telehealth back. They said they were backlogged and that someone would call back within a couple hours. I tried to get Megan up on her feet and she fell back in significant pain. I realized I could not get her to my car and that I would have to call an ambulance for her. This was a first, Megan was not thrilled about the prospect about being in an ambulance but she was in so much pain she could not argue. They arrived within 10 minutes and she was loaded into the ambulance and taken to the childrens hospital. I grabbed books and things to keep us amused for the evening and headed out behind her.
We arrived at hospital and then it was a long wait in a hallway. Megan was in a wheelchair with her leg outstretched and her foot in the way of people, hospital beds and other machines that were being transferred from ward to ward. We cringed as everyone turned the corner we were so sure someone would accidently hit her foot. Lots of people not looking where they are going we got lucky and she never got hit! Megan finally got into a bed 4 hours later and the first doctor that examined her thought that she was ok and likely no breaks in her foot. She was given pain killers and then was told she was going for an xray. A resident came to look at Megan and was very empathetic and thorough with her investigation. She was taken for her xray and we waited for the results. I looked at the nurses station and saw 4 doctors staring at her xray , turning their heads to the side and looking puzzled. The resident came over and told Megan she had broken 2 toes! The 4th toe was broken in half! the baby toe had a hairline fracture on the joint! We took Megan to the casting room and the resident and doctor wrapped her toes up buddy style and then wrapped the foot at the front in a lot of layers of gauze and then worked up the leg , they covered that with fiberglass and more gauze. We were told to wait in the room and that a nurse would come in to help her learn how to use crutches. We waited and waited and waited. It was now past 1 in the morning and I was completely exhausted. I went to the nurses station after 30 minutes and found that no one had told a nurse to come to teach her to use crutches or sign her out. They apologized profusely and hurried to the room to get Megan on her crutches. I finally got her out of there and home by 2am. Getting her to the house in crutches over ice and snow banks was hell. She was exhausted and there was no easy way to get there, She did it slowly and painfully. Once we got into the house, she and I both crashed into bed and I was thankful I was off on Thursday to recover from that experience. Thursday, she tried to get around the house in crutches and was able to do it but not easily. Her balance is not good as a rule. Her upper arm strength is not great and her level of pain was severe. She was using Ibuprofen but it really was not helping her very much. We talked about how she would shower and I started to realize how difficult this was going to be.
On Friday the 4th she indicated that the pain was WORSE than it was during the fall and that she felt a blister on her ankle which indicated that there was not enough bandage there to protect that skin. We decided to take her back to the hospital to have the ankle looked at and ask about the pain. She got into an emergency bed quickly and a doctor came to see her almost immediately. He laughed and asked who had done this cast. He couldn’t believe the hospital had done such a bad job of casting! He went and looked at Megan’s xray and came back saying the 4th toe is clearly broken but that the baby toe was fine. He unwrapped Megan’s foot and leg and agreed that there was a blister on the back of her ankle. He told her that they had buddy taped her toes for support and that was the key for her recovery. He suggested an air cast. Megan was fitted into an air cast but still could not put weight on the foot.
On the Saturday I decided that the only way Megan would be able to return to school would be in a wheelchair. Also I needed a solution for her for the bathtub . I found a company in London Ontario called Duramed. They were very helpful and reasonably priced. They didn’t need a credit card to secure the rentals and I got a wheelchair and a bath bench for Megan. I brought them home and hoped that I would be able to get Megan back to school the following Monday. But that was not to be, Megan was dealing with serious pain and the pain was preventing her from sleeping. She indicated that she could not deal with the pain, that the pain killers were not helping at all. I told her I would get her Motrin instead of the Advil and see if that helped. It seemed to a little bit but within another day it was back to the same level. We had an appointment with the Orthapedic surgeon on Wednesday January 9. We hoped that they would give us direction and provide Megan with a better pain killer. They looked at Megan’s xray and said that she did not have a fracture on baby toe and that her 4th toe will continue to hurt for quite some time and likely 4 – 6 weeks before its better. We left a little bit disappointed we were on our own with no real direction and no pain killers. I hoped that it would alleviate over the next few days and called the office to request vacation time for the rest of the week.
I was completely overwhelmed. Megan was in so much pain and I could not help her with that, I was having to do everything for her and even help her into the shower, bringing her things upstairs and downstairs , all the cleaning, cooking, laundry, helping her get dressed and of course the puppy still needed attention too. I was also supposed to take care of myself and work full time.
I am very thankful to my boyfriend Peter who has been there for me even though he hasn’t seen me since before xmas. Most men would back away and say this was not worth the effort if we can’t even see each other. But we are staying in touch via text and I know we will be ok time is on our side!
So fast forward to January 15, I get Megan to the family doctor and convince them that Megan needs something stronger in pain medications. The Advil and Motrin are NOT helping her cope. So we agree that Tylenol 3 will be the best choice. A huge number of side effects dizziness, stomach problems including constipation. dry mouth, and sense of judgement would be off. The Tylenol 3 started showing its power immediately. Megan fell asleep and woke up to tell me she could feel her toenails for the first time and did not feel any pain which then also had the side effect of not telling her she was sleeping on her arm. When she woke up she promptly found that her shoulder has dislocated, she popped it back in and we laughed at the clear impact of Tylenol 3. January 18th she found out about the dizziness and judgement issues when she tried to move into the spare bedroom to watch TV, She lost her balance and hit her head on the wall very hard. She called me at work and I had to run home to check on her and see if she had concussion. I called Telehealth again and they talked to her and determined it was a mild concussion that we could manage at home. I would have to monitor her and wake her up every 4 hours for the next 48 hours.
January 19 I finally took toby to the Vet for a clear ear infection. He had been shaking his head a lot and scratching at his ears. I looked in and while they didn;t look THAT bad I knew it was an infection due to redness. So toby goes to the Vet and gets ear drops and I hope that I am finally past the worst of things for Megan and Toby.
NOPE! Megan woke up in the middle of the night Saturday throwing up. She hasn’t done that in years! It was clearly again a reaction either to the concussion or the Tylenol 3 switched her to small mild meals and she has been stable since that time.
Sunday January 20 and Toby decided to start throwing up in the afternoon. No actual food and it was only foam and clear fluid. I cleaned up the first 2 spots and wondered what that was about. Went to get groceries and Megan calls to tell me he did it again 2 times. Toby then proceeded to do this about another 12 times until 6 am Monday morning, I really started to worry about him wondering what on earth was wrong with him. I took him for a walk before i left for work and he had a bout of diarehea that was primarily water too. I knew I would have to get him to the vet yesterday. He was very lethargic and looked so pitiful when I left him. I hated that I had to go to work but knew with all the time off for Megan I could not take more for him. Took him to the vet and they ran a smear test where they found traces of a virus that can stay stagnant in dogs until they are stressed like having an ear infection. We got gastro specific food and medication and decided to watch him closely for next 48 hours to make sure he stabalizes and doesn’t have another issue.
So here I am Tuesday January 22nd. Left the house this morning with Toby hungry and seeming to be feeling better and Megan not hurting herself further since January 18. I am praying that things will now start to settle because I truly can’t take much more. Megan is now unable to return to school this term due to the Tylenol 3 impact and we are working to have her expempted from exams based on great progress in the term prior to this broken foot. Our goal is to get her back to school for start of new semester on February 4th. Your best wishes are welcomed as I fight to help Megan recover for that date!
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