It was a short fall. A freak accident. However, when he stood up, Lil Bit was holding his right wrist. FosterDad is a former P.E. teacher and knew something wasn’t right by the way he was holding it.
We were visiting family in East Texas, so we took a trip to the local hospital emergency room. The x-ray confirmed our fear. Our baby boy had a fractured elbow. It was not his wrist, as we first suspected.
However, due to the location of the fracture, the E.R. physician was concerned about it affecting Lil Bit’s arm movement. She requested that we take Lil Bit to an orthopedic specialist in the next few days. Her concern was that he might have to undergo surgery and physical therapy to prevent problems with mobility.
We arrived home late Monday night and Tuesday morning began all the follow-up to:
- Report the incident to our foster home case worker, Lil Bit’s caseworker, and a quick FYI to our attorney;
- Complete a report for “Serious Injury of a Foster Child” to turn into both caseworkers;
- Call the Medicaid insurance provider (StarHealth) to get a list of orthopedic specialists;
- Call the list of specialists and learn than none take Medicaid;
- Make an appointment for out-of-town orthopedic specialist;
- Visit Primary Care Physician for a referral to the orthopedic specialist;
- Visit orthopedic specialist!!!
The visit to the orthopedic doctor went better than expected! Another x-ray showed that the bone is healing well and surgery will not be necessary. A hard cast was put on Lil Bit’s arm, and he returns in 3 weeks to see how it is healing.
For Lil Bit, the broken arm has been more of a nuisance to him than anything. He gets frustrated that now he can’t climb on the couch or sleep tucked on his tummy. He is eating well with his left hand. He now has to drink out of a sippy cup with handles.
However, for us, as foster parents, we are not out of the woods. As we are in the final stages of Lil Bit’s adoption, the State is now conducting their followup investigation into the injury.