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    Unhappy Jase Broke is leg - Femur - Spica Cast

    It was a sad day Wednesday morning when Jase accidentally fell out of the bed He broke his leg (femur bone) and it was nothing short of a nightmare experience that I hope none of you ever have to go through! He was crying and holding his knee and I thought he twisted it or possible hyper extended it. We decided to bring him to the hospital, because we could see any physical sign he was hurt, other than him holding his leg/ knee area. We got to the hospital and they decided to X-ray his leg because it felt swollen when they squeezed the leg compared to the other leg. I guess the muscles and stuff tensed up and started to swell, but because the baby has such chubby little legs it's really hard to see visually they said. The first hospital would not put the cast on, so we had no choice but to take a insanely expensive ambulance ride to another hospital that deals with more trauma like this kind of thing. I really was surprised, considering it was just a leg fracture, and the bones was perfectly aligned and in place, but we did what we had to do. Michele rode in the ambulance and I fallowed behind. Whestchester Medical Center is where we went, and they did a great job all around. Super nice people all around I must say!

    Acting like a crazy parent:

    Yeah, so I was totally that crazy parent a few times during this process I have to say. When you see your kid getting, what seams to be, un-necessarily probed it drove me insane. He just gets comfy and stops crying, and then like clock work they come back in to check his temperature. He starts screaming again and it's like really? He has a broken leg, why do you have to keep checking his temperature? He is on all these machines already? I know there is a reason, but when you are sitting there watching this it seams like insanity. Like the lawyers decided that it must be done because of all the sue happy people and lawsuits etc.. So now they do everything 5x with different people to insure no mistakes are made. It's a good and bad thing and just they way it is these days I guess.

    We also got interrogated for child abuse and asked the same questions over and over by everybody. It's really hard to deal with that, but apparently its standard procedure with injuries like this. I was super offended and wanted to strangle the poor doctors and nurses that have to ask us this crap by law of course. They clearly did not want to do it, because there were zero signs of abuse which we later learned. The kid is usually afraid of the parent and the parents act guilty when there actually is abuse, plus the child usually has other signs of abuse like brusing from being man-handled I guess. Bottom line, as a parent that has never even lightly spanked my kids; it was enraging to deal with this. I was so angry at these people for implying we hurt or kid by stepping on him, or throwing him down to hard, etc.. I can't believe what this world is coming to when all parents get interrogated for the very few that are total scum abusers.. The masses always get punished for the few assholes. Accidents happen and clearly it was our fault he fell out of the bed, but being accused of blatant abuse is jaw dropping from my perspective! They checked his whole body over multiple times looking for other injuries that we were trying to hide. This made him scream of course every time. Very sad and changed my perspective a bit on how being guilty until proven innocent must be for some people. I now know what it feels like, and man does it totally suck. I almost cried after the repeated questioning I was so upset. I had to stay strong though, because Michele was having a hard time which was totally understandable. She had to hold Jases arms when the cast was being put on and she was sobbing, because Jase was screaming and we could do anything accept hold his arms and help keep him restrained. That just upset him even more and made us feel like we were hurting him or something. Brutal I tell you, absolutely brutal.

    Look at this freaking thing, and it's called a Spica Cast for those wondering:



    My iPhone did a decent job with the low light snapshot

    So, clearly a regular car seat will not work with this Spica cast, so what is the solution? Take another $10,000 dollar ambulance ride back home is what the hospital told us we had to do! What?? They make a special car seat, but the hospital no longer carries them and knowbody sells them where you can just pick it up. It costs $1000 dollars as well which is a total rip-off. We ended getting out of there ok without having to take another ambulance ride, but it was not easy! The let us take him using just a booster car seat which uses the regular car seatbelt and works pretty good. Not ideal, but safe enough and no better than being strapped down with Michele on a stretcher. That is way less safe in my opinion, because they are strapped together, and Michele would crush the baby if the ambulance got in a accident. I could not believe they strapped both of them together for the ride from hospital to hospital. Clearly the car seat would have been a better option considering it has a 5-point harness and he had no caste on at that point, but the rules.... He was being transferred and not discharged, so he has to go in the ambulance no matter what. Even though it's clearly not safe at all the way they were strapped together. What are you gonna do. I just had to swallow this nonsense and go along with the parade...

    Jase is fine and very happy now, but the freaking cast is insane and he is basically immobilized and needs 100% care again like an infant, but worse. I'm home with him Today and he's doing great with huge smiles and good spirit. I honestly did not expect him to be so excepting of his new hard outfit, but he seams to be dealing with it like a champ!



    Diaper changing and keeping this cast clean is going to be really difficult, but we're getting a handle on it thanks to the wealth of information on the internet. Other people that went through this have created websites with videos on how to take care of the baby and change diapers the best way possible considering the cast. Super helpful!

    Clearly my time will be extremely limited for the next 4-6 weeks taking care of Jase and everything else in life currently on the plate...

    That is about it for this rant of all my thoughts, and now I think I can move on and let all the hospital BS go... Writing it down like this seams to help for some reason get through hard times.

    Thanks for checking in and have a good day my friends

    Jay
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    I am so very sorry this has happened. And I have been there with my children with something similar, and was also offended at the questions that came my way. I love his wonderful smile in that 2nd image, he will bounce back.

    I hope you have insurance that helps with these ambulance rides back and forth?

    I can only tell you, as bad as this situation has been for you and your family, Praise the Lord it wasn't even worse.
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    Thanks Lucille and we are very grateful it was not worse. It could have been way worse for sure, and got lucky with the type of break being a "good one", compared to a segmented fracture for example. His is just a hairline spiral fracture and it was barely visible on the X-ray when I was shown.

    We do have what used to be great insurance, but now we have to fight for everything and have this crap called insurance. basically we have to pay a percentage of everything and every year that goes up. I think it's like 10% on everything that is covered, but stuff like ambulance rides are not always covered when going from one hospital to another for example. Hopefully it will be mostly covered and only cost a us a few grand. It is possible we are looking a a huge bill though based on past recent experiences with insurance claims... We would be almost better off having no insurance in some cases it seams like these days I tell ya. Going on the doll has never been more appealing, although I would never do that unless I really needed to of course..

    Thanks for the very kind comments,
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    I will lift little Jase and your family up in prayer before my Father in Heaven, I know the next month or so will be hard, but it is very obviously you and your wife are good and loving parents and will give Jase the care and attention he needs. I know I have some in my family that are terrible with their kids in regards to simply watching them and taking care of them.

    I encourage you to keep revisiting this thread, updating it with images of Jace as he heals.
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    Will do and thanks again Lucille He will be back on his feet in no time, and I think they might cut the cast a bit smaller sooner than 4 weeks, because of the type of break. We will find out more on Wednesday when we go to the orthopedic specialist for a check up. I assume they will x-ray again to make sure the healing is going smooth, and hopefully cut the cast a bit around the diaper area at the very least. He needs more room by his private area for sure. It looks like they can easily cut it back an inch or so without comprising the structure in anyway. I really don't know if they can or will do that though.

    I'll will add photos as the healing goes and thanks again for the moral support

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    it really upsets me that in the USA your medical system is suppose to be the latest and greatest but costs the average person their arm and leg when needed.

    I have travelled on holliday to states a few times and always make sure I have the best medical insurance....being caught out once on a work trip luckily so work insurance covered me...mental costs for a minor bump on the head and maybe slight concussion.

    We are lucky in new zealand...medical insurance is optional and we get everything free....ambulance ride is about 100 dollars....because its a charity in new zealand and gets no money from government.

    The costs you mentioned are mental and i would say extortion.............

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    Wow, feel really bad for little Jase and you guys! It's really awful to see your child injured like that and unfortunately the whole medical process is not designed to make it easy or affordable in this country. Wishing you guys the best and will keep you in my thoughts.

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    I totally agree Steve and New Zealand sounds like a common sense place to live from everything I hear Thanks for the comments!

    Thanks Willie for the comment and kind sediments

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    i never mentioned Jay I feel for you with your boy...sorry for that....i was just mad at the costs that you guys encure when a loved one is all that matters and of course you will pay ...hence my extortion comment.

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    Very sad to see your child being hurt and the hassles you and Michele had to go through.

    I live about 6-7 hours north of you and I have a hard time with the ambulance bill as well. Definitely a whole world is separating our societies. I'll have to remind myself to take bullet-proof insurances the next time I cross the border... or stay home.

    Best of luck for a good (and quick) recovery period.

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    I really hope all it all knits back well and he suffers no bad side effects from a broken bone at this tender age.
    It is times like this when parent would give the world if the pain could be transfer to them and let the little one be free of all pain.

    These are the hard times as parents and I am sure many might have tales to tell to some degree.
    I know with our son he come off his bike and I had to ay on top of him to be stitched up and hated doing it, but it had to be done.
    The he to broke bones and they were bad days also.
    As a Grandparent our oldest went thought a bad stage and nothing would stop her from crying in agony.
    We called the Ambulance and it took forever and I was hold her and all of a sudden she went quite.
    I honestly thought i was holding a dead 1st granddaughter.
    I panicked and finally the Ambo's arrived and they said she just exhausted herself.
    But yes there are stories to tell of kids and you being a parent.

    Hope all is better real soon.
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    Thanks for the comment and best wishes everybody! It's been extremely challenging to say the least, but Jase is is in great spirits most of the time for sure Here he is on the deck from yesterday, and straight off the camera snapshots.... Looks like another 2 weeks or so and it might come off, worst case 3 weeks.



    Eating Cheese Doodles





    He loves when you play with his feet, now that he is in the cast. I say "gimmy that foot, gimmy that foot!" and he giggles and pulls it away then puts it back so I can grab it again.





    Thanks for looking and sorry for not updating or commenting on recent posts. I'm sure you guys understand as my spare time is next to nothing watching my boy and trying to entertain

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    What a little angel.........
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    Glad to see Jase is taking it well

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    Those ones in his little pull along cart are great memory shots for him to see when he is 21 or around that area.
    He has to be a little Trooper to keep on smiling while we all know he must feel so hindered.
    CC is always welcome, the good and the bad. I promise not to take it personal as I know it wasn't meant that way.

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    Thanks guys for the comments and kind words

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    I am a little late to the news about Jase. One of the hardest things is to hear a baby or small child crying and screaming. It makes me want to panic or it induces a lot of anxiety when you have no idea what the heck is wrong (sometimes it is not much and of course sometimes a real serious situation). Looks like things are getting back to normal (almost).

    As for insurance....I think I am going to pass as I will let loose with a raft of disdain over Obamacare. In my case I figured out away to twix the nose of the politicians who created the mess and also save myself a lot of money along the way.
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    Sorry to hear of Jase's injury. He seems like a real trooper, that cast has got to be irritating as heck.
    I know that as a loving parent, being investigated for child abuse must have been adding insult to injury when you're already stressed about your child.
    But these days, sadly, it seems to be a necessary evil
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