July 12, 2017
Once there was a princess. She was seven years old and she loved climbing in trees.
She had a pretty purse her aunt had given her for her birthday. For four months, it had never left her arm.
She also had a favorite pair of shoes. Not active, sturdy, outside shoes, but dressy magic boots so worn out that the bottoms were falling off (mom had tossed them into the trash can multiple times, but magically they appeared back on Jaquline’s feet).
It was the end of a long, fun day. Mom called everyone in for dinner. It was almost 7pm. Jaquline, Jillian, and Kimberly decided to play one more game of tag. Jaquline raced to climb up base (the tree) and got about 5 feet up before her shoes slid, purse got caught, and she fell.
Echoing through the neighborhood was the type of pain scream that Moms dread.
Within 5 minutes, Christina had gathered the other 4 kids into the SUV, while Rebeccah (with her awesome bedside calming manner) soothed Jaquline and Mom carried her into the vehicle. We could see one of the breaks easily – it looked like a crumpled, tiny T-Rex arm had grown just above Jaquline’s right wrist.
Mom sped to the hospital.
Christina called Daddy so he could meet them there (he was at work). Jaquline had her call Grandma so she could pray with her. Rebeccah sang funny songs and told jokes while she held Jaquline’s body and arms still.
Jaquline had broken her right distal ulna and radius (within 2 inches of the wrist joint is “distal”) in a “closed break” (it didn’t break skin, but was “compound” because the break was completely through the bone – in 3 places on both bones) and her left distal ulna was broken, distal radius cracked, and scaphoid (a wrist bone) dislocated. She told every doctor, nurse, and CNA who came in that as she fell she didn’t want to hit her head or neck, back, tummy, legs, so caught herself with her arms. When they gave her some “funny juice” to make her not feel the pain while they snapped the bones back in place, she told us about unicorns, a palace in the clouds, and flying. She told the doctor that “God is sewing my bones back together.”
She was limited (barely! she was still only for the first few hours) for a few weeks in two casts. We had to keep telling her she was a princess and couldn’t get up off the couch (this was the first time she didn’t want to be a princess). She had the right cast on for an additional three weeks.
There were many miracles during this time. First, God put strong, capable medical staff in our path. Several even prayed with Jaquline. Jaquline’s bones started knitting back together quickly. At her 6 week appointment (removal of second cast), her x-rays showed complete healing. The doctor said “normal” regrowth would have been 1.5mm, Jaquline’s was over 5mm. There was a bone “spur” (part angled out that wasn’t straight, it looked like a bump on the bone) but by the 3 month appointment, it was completely gone. They were concerned about range of motion in her wrists, especially the right one because of being in the casts so long, but that was fine too – she did hand and finger exercises every day. (She did all kinds of stuff every day! We moved while she was in her casts!)
We learned a lot about our bones, how our bodies heal and grow, and about the various medical professionals who were part of helping Jaquline. She is considering orthopedic medicine because “I want to help people like my doctors and nurses helped me.”
The picture is from the one week when she had matching purple and pink camo casts (the nurse even put glitter on one).
Although she hasn’t been climbing many trees lately, she’s back to 100% and has learned a lot through this adventure. She taught us about her faith in God. She never even considered that her bones wouldn’t grow back straight or that she wouldn’t be able to “work” her thumbs and wrists. She always trusted God and never quit trying.
I learned about the faith and determination of my Princess Jaquline.
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